I would guess that most everybody has a favorite color and often times our choices in clothing or our home décor are inspired by our personal favorites. When you think about it, much like people, colors have distinctive personality attributes. Some are deep and vibrant, while others are subtle and subdued. So I was recently reading an interesting article on how colors can have an impact on our moods and I decided to take a look at how various colors used in a typical home decorating scheme may trigger certain emotions or amp up the personality of a room based on findings and research conducted in the field of color psychology. Here’s what I learned about the following colors:
Green is said to evoke feelings of calmness and comfort and an overall sense of winding down.
Purple symbolizes royalty and wealth and has historically been associated with nobility.
Red is a very stimulating happy color. It has been suggested that it can actually increase your pulse, heart rate and blood pressure so it should not be used in a bedroom. Because it raises energy and excitement it is better suited for a dining room.
Orange is said to stimulate the appetite and increases energy.
White creates an airy and open environment that can mentally enlarge a smaller room.
Yellow can bring a bright and welcoming feeling to a room. The hue chosen is important because if it is too intense it can produce feelings of frustration and anger. Softer hues convey the warmth of sunshine and happiness.
Brown creates feelings of a cozy, safe, and snug environment. It can evoke a sense of cocooning, togetherness and intimacy.
Blue is a soothing, serene, calming color that’s conducive to aiding in sleeping.
Black is dramatic and can add an elegant flair to just about any room. Though it’s best used in smaller doses to avoid feelings of melancholy.
If you have any thoughts about how colors affect you and the role they play in your design decisions please feel free to share your comments below.