26 12. 2018
USING COLOR IN THE HOME: THE ULTIMATE GUIDEPantone Color Institute, “Paint color is an expression of your personality. We branch out occasionally, but most of us have a proclivity for certain types of shades.” With all the color choices available, how do you decide which colors to choose and where to put them in your home? This comprehensive color guide will explore what color choices say about you, how color effects mood, and which colors to use where.
THE COLOR RED
Red is the longest wavelength of light on the visible light spectrum and quite the attention-getter. Red stops us in our tracks (think stop light) because it invokes our fight or flight response. It’s no surprise then that red can raise your blood pressure, increase respiration rate and metabolism. It’s an energizing color associated with passion, love, power, energy, and danger.
If red is your favorite color, you are likely an extroverted person who is tenacious and determined. You are action-oriented and physically active. You likely radiate a great deal of energy and may be ambitious and competitive. Red people often like to be the center of attention.
Red is a great color for an active space like a home gym. It can work well in a dining room because it’s a color that induces appetite and conversation. Just don’t use red in a room where you need to think analytically…like a home office. Never use red in a child’s room (unless you want kids that act aggressively and never want to go to bed). Red is also great for front doors and is a shade you can deepen to make more subtle.
THE COLOR ORANGE
Orange is between red and yellow on the visible light spectrum. It’s a combination between the high-energy red and emotionally upbeat yellow. Orange is thought to affect appetite and is associated with good value (fast food restaurants use orange a lot). In research studies, exposure to orange light improves cognition and alertness. Orange represents creativity, enthusiasm, artistry, warmth, and happiness.
If orange is your favorite color, you are likely an agreeable person and tend to be optimistic and light-hearted. You thrive on social contact and are open and accepting of others. A person who doesn’t like to be alone, you’re full of life and you are an adventurer who doesn’t mind taking risks.
Because we perceive orange as the hottest color, it is great for public spaces. In the home, orange evokes creativity, so use it best in home offices, craft rooms, and children’s playrooms. For other rooms in the home, orange is great as a striking focal point, and it can really warm a space that needs an attitude boost.
THE COLOR YELLOW
Yellow is the most visible color to the eye. It attracts our attention and can signify caution, which is why we use yellow for traffic signs and school buses. Yellow is another appetite-inducing color. The color of the sun, yellow energizes and stimulates mental and muscle activity. It is a mood-elevating shade associated with joy, optimism, cheerfulness, and hope.
If yellow is your favorite color, you likely have a happy disposition. You are an ideas person who can be impulsive and make quick decisions. You have a streak of independence and spontaneity. Yellow people are social and enjoy sharing knowledge with others.
Because yellow is seen as convivial, it makes a great choice for gathering spots like family rooms and kitchens. Warm shades of yellow tend to spring forward, so it is the perfect choice for an accent wall. Yellow is another great choice for creative spaces in the home, but it is said babies cry more in yellow rooms, so it’s not the best choice for an infant’s bedroom (this is most likely due to its stimulating effect). However, using yellow in an older child’s room is fine.
THE COLOR GREEN
Green is located between yellow and blue on the visible light spectrum. The color green in beneficial to the mind and body. It slows metabolism and creates a calming effect. Green has a strong emotional correspondence with safety and relieves stress. Shades of green are associated with growth, harmony, freshness, and health.
If green is your favorite color, you are likely a nature-lover. You are stable and well-balanced, kind, generous, and compassionate. People who love green tend to be very nurturing and involved in community groups and charity programs. Green personality types have a love for food, family, and life.
Since green has a calming effect, it is a wonderful color to use in a bedroom; however, some greens that lean closer to yellow may be too bright and stimulating for a room in which you want to relax. Because green also promotes comfort, family and living rooms do well with this color. Brighter shades of green can also work well in kitchens and eating areas.
THE COLOR BLUE
Blue is the most popular color in research studies worldwide. It is linked to low stress, low temperature, and low pulse rate. Although the color blue is said to be calming, blue light has been found to reset our circadian rhythms. It’s the blue wavelength of light from the sun that inhibits the release of melatonin form the pineal gland, stimulating us to stay awake during the day. Blue is associated with loyalty, dependability, spirituality, sincerity, and communication.
If blue is your favorite color, you are likely genuine and sincere. You are trustworthy and have a tendency to trust others. You have a need for peace and harmony, and you take your responsibilities seriously. Blue people are sensitive to the needs of others and are usually the first to come to the rescue.
Because blue is said to slow respiration and heart rate, it works wonderfully in bedrooms and bathrooms. Deeper shades of blue add sophistication to a space, making it a great color for an accent wall in a dining room. Keep in mind that pastel shades of blue can come across as chilly and should only be used in spaces that don’t get much natural light.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Purple is the shortest wavelength on the visible light spectrum. The color tends to be more popular with women and indicates a sophisticated taste. Purple is a complex color because it combines the stability of blue with the energy of red. It is associated with nobility, sacredness, gracefulness, and romance.
If purple is your favorite color, you are likely sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive. But given purple’s blend of blue and red, you are also charismatic with an alluring energy. You have a tendency to be idealistic, often impractical, with a great imagination.
Purple is a luxurious color that adds sophistication to a room. Lighter shades of purple are great for romantic bedrooms. Darker shades make the same bedroom appear more dramatic. Throughout the rest of the home, purple can be tricky. It will work well in living and dining rooms if used sparingly. Make sure to use plenty of whites to highlight a room with deep purples.
At the end of the day, you should choose the colors that make you happy. This guide is a suggestion, but it’s entirely up to you how you use color in your home. And if you’re looking for a new home to paint, Home Clicks Realty is here to help!