Interior Designing and the Use of Colors

Color has a major impact on the human state of mind. Remember all the color references you hear all day: “in the pink”, ”enviously green”, “cold blue”, and “red with anger”? The psychology behind colors and the way they affect human mood and behavior is a big matter of concern. This is why offices, restaurants, classrooms, and hospitals are painted in colors that positively influence the mood and behavior of people present in these spaces.

When colors and their influence are so important, why are people so hesitant in using color in their homes? Why do people stick to neutral colors when it comes to their living space and environment? What is so ‘scary’ about using colors in interior home space?

People are hesitant because they don’t know which color is best for the different rooms in their house. Relinquish the ‘scare’ factor and understand the psychological effects color has on us.

Since red color stimulates the appetite, it is an ideal color for dining rooms. However, green and blue are calming and refreshing colors and portray the psychological effect of nature. Therefore, they could be used for bedrooms. On the other hand, orange and yellow is revitalizing and energizing and therefore could be used in kitchen to enhance the energy level. Terracotta is a color that can be perfectly used for a home office since it has the energizing effects of both orange and red.

Many interior designing TV shows are encouraging people to use wild combinations and bold colors in their homes such as fuchsia and orange, terracotta and turquoise, and lime green and violet. The last combination of lime green with violet can be successful since they are complementary colors and are situated against each other on the color wheel. Considering this factor, you may wonder whether fuchsia will complement orange as they are right next to each other on the wheel but colors that sit next to each other are in a color harmony. It is important to learn about the color wheel if you really wish to play around with successful color combinations and patterns in your home.

Cloakrooms and hallways are areas that are less used in the house. Therefore, these are the ideal spaces to try strong colors. Since no one spends a lot of time in this area, you can experiment with bold colors. So don’t be afraid to try colors that you didn’t consider for the rest of your house.

While colors play a major role in setting a theme and psychological involvement in your house, do not ignore the presence of furniture. It is very important that the colors you choose complement the furniture present in the room. If this is not the case, even the prettiest color could look like a disaster.

Learn before you try, but do not hesitate to experiment. It’s your house so enjoy coloring it.

Categories: Design Tips Furniture Styles ︒Alex Moore

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