Color has psychological value. With that in mind, how does your home behave? What do you want your home to say? Does it match your personality, your mood? Are you generally a tranquil and peaceful person living in a bright red bedroom? Or are you someone with passion and energy living in a minimalist white living room? The effects can be astounding on both you and your family as well as guests in your home.
Colors are generally passive, active, or neutral. The choice is dependent on the color itself. For instance, red is not automatically active and white is not automatically neutral. Paint is inexpensive and easy to change. It is better to pick your furnishings first and work your paint colors around those choices. Accessories can change the look of a room without changing the furnishings or paint.
Red often evokes feelings of passion, intimacy, sexuality, and has been shown to increase the appetite. It increases blood pressure and heart rate. It raises the room’s energy level and is a great choice where for a room where you want to stir up excitement. If you have your heart set on red in your bedroom, consult a designer. There are many different hues of red and the subtleties can make or break the room.
Orange and Yellow
Orange is more friendly and welcoming, less fiery and seductive than red. Orange is often recommended for an exercise room. Yellow can go either way, depending on the hue. Yellow can be very uplifting and expansive and is a good choice for hallways, foyers, and bathrooms. However, this color has been shown to create frustration, anxiety and anger in people and in rooms where babies are they tend to cry more. If you ever walk into a dentist’s office that is painted yellow take heed- patients tend to report feeling more pain than offices painted a different color.
Blue and Violet
Blue brings downs blood pressure, slows respiration, and suppresses appetite. That’s why it is often the most popular choice for bedrooms. However, some blues can look chilly- they should be paired with warm furnishings and accents. Blues in gathering areas should trend to the bright blue end, such as turquoise. Be careful because dark blues have the opposite effect and tend to come across looking sad. Most adults do not like violet or purple, but children do. However deep purple (think eggplant) can add an extremely sophisticated, dramatic look to a bedroom.
Green is the most relaxed and restful color to the eye, likely due to the fact that it is the most dominant color in nature. Because of this, green works anywhere in the home in a variety of hues.
A Word About Ceilings
The interior of closets should always be white, and so should ceilings. Sort of. A ceiling that is lighter than the walls will generally give the room a larger feeling, and a darker ceiling will feel lower. Lower is not bad, it can be intimate. Take the time to select the right color for the room.