10 Of The Most Popular Colors And The Emotions They Evoke
Color is a powerful design tool. Some colors have a calming effect while others create a sense of drama. Before you choose a color for any room in your home, consider the emotion that you want to evoke in each particular space. Understanding the psychology of color can help you to express your personal style and establish an overall sense of well-being in your home. Read on to better understand how each color can influence mood and set a tone in a room.
Blue is a very popular color used in home design as it elicits a feeling of serenity and calm. Choose a soft blue in a bedroom to encourage relaxation. A bolder blue in a family room creates an inviting, friendly feeling.
Yellow awakens the senses and communicates excitement. It's perfect for bathrooms or kitchens since the color is cheerful and uplifting. Use it sparingly, not in every room in your home, so it won't be overwhelming.
Red generates a feeling of high energy. This is a great color to use in a dining room or living room where you want to stimulate appetites and conversation and have a sense of liveliness.
Green is the blend of calm blue and cheerful yellow. It is said to be a restorative color; it quiets the mind. Green can be used in any room where you want to create a feeling of tranquility by evoking the feeling of nature and the outdoors.
Orange is an exciting color and it raises energy levels. Use a muted tone to convey a sense of high emotion without the intensity of vibrant orange. It's the ideal color for a playroom as it promotes activity. Orange can also stimulate the appetite, so it is perfect for a dining room or kitchen.
Purple has an air of sophistication and luxury. Shades like lavender or lilac are light and romantic, and are just right to use in a bedroom. Deeper tones of purple have an elegant, dramatic look that is suitable for a living room.
Pink equals love and kindness. This color comes in tones as varied as cheery magenta to pleasing blush. It is often used in bedrooms, as pink is associated with childhood and joyfulness.
White is a neutral color that conjures feelings of pureness and cleanliness. It can make a room feel open and spacious, but can also feel sterile and cold unless paired with an accent color. Ivory and cream are less stark alternatives to bright white.
Gray is a neutral color often used in home decorating because of its flexibility. Gray comes in a wide variety of shades: light gray is timeless and classic, while darker hues are edgy and modern. Neutral gray can be used as a "background" against which a pop of color can liven things up for a customized look and feel.
Brown has a warmth that other neutral colors do not. It works with traditional or contemporary decor but should be balanced with lighter colors so that it does not feel too heavy or dark.
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