Color is an essential design tool and its power can’t be overstated. Introducing certain hues to your space will evoke certain feelings, emotions or energy levels.
The color of the decor in your home is a direct indication of your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time considering the colors we select for our decor, it affects us every day!
Deciding on a color or color family to focus on can be a daunting initial step for décor beginners. As not only does color effect thoughts but it can change the perceived size of furnishings! Let’s examine some color theory and learn fun ways to introduce color into your home!
Choosing Colors for Your Home Décor
Aisling - Ottoman (Red Velvet)
Red elevates a room’s energy level. Holding the title as the most intense color, it gets the adrenaline going like no other hue. Introducing red into your home décor is a great option when you want to induce excitement, particularly at night. In the dining room, red brings people together and helps stimulate conversation. In an entryway, it creates a powerful first impression.
The warm shade has been shown to raise blood pressure and increase heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms and can make it difficult to get restful sleep. If you are looking for a way to spice up your space, consider fiery red!
Alger - Side Table (Light Yellow)
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and exudes happiness. The cheerful color is a great choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms. Yellow is energetic and uplifting. In halls, entryways and tiny spaces, yellow can feel bright and welcoming.
Even though yellow considered is a cheery color, it is not the best choice for the main color in most spaces. Studies indicate that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow room. Babies also are found to cry more in frequently rooms with yellow in them. On a large scale, this shade tends to create feelings of frustration. In the study of chromotherapy, yellow is found to stimulate the nerves. Keep this in mind when introducing the choosing color for your home décor scheme!
Susanna - Accent Chair (Blue Linen)
Blue is said to decrease blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and peaceful, and it is often used for bedrooms. This pretty color seen in the sky is a great way to add a nature-inspired touch to your home décor. If you decide on blue as the primary color in a room, be sure to balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics.
To encourage relaxation in gathering areas such as living rooms, family rooms or kitchens, consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a relaxing effect when used as the main color of a room — but go for softer shades. Dark and navy blue has the opposite effect, bringing about feelings of sadness. Consider only using dark blues as accent colors, like this beautiful Susanna Accent Chair.
Frisco - Tray Table (Antique Green)
Green is considered the most restful shade. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room in your home. In the kitchen, green cools tones down; in a family room or living room, it promotes unwinding but has enough warmth to evoke comfort and togetherness.
Green also has a calming effect when used as the main color for home decor. It is found to reduce stress by helping people relax. It is also indicated to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom. Consider adding this calming natural shade to your home décor theme!
Gregory - Side Chair (Purple Linen)
Purple, in its darkest shades (eggplant, for example), is rich, dramatic and luxurious. It is associated with grandness and creativity. As an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme warm depth. A lighter version of purple, such as lilac, brings about the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling cold. Purple is the color associated with royalty! It is an elegant option when deciding on a hue to enhance your home décor.
Eudora - Accent Chair (Orange Leather Gel)
Energetic orange brings on feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. While not the best idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is excellent for a home gym. When used during exercise it will insight feelings that promote a great work out. In ancient cultures, orange was thought to heal the lungs and raise energy levels.
Flavius - Console Table 2 Drawer (Espresso)
Neutrals (black, gray, white and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool box. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their timelessness is in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up and take color away it to calm things back down. Black is best used in smaller doses as an accent. Some experts maintain that every room needs black to ground the color scheme and give it depth, but in recent years lighter neutrals like white have taken center stage.
A Colorful Decision
Whatever your goals are in your home décor journey, color can help you get there. Color has the power to easily transform a space inject a bit of personality, or make it appear larger. Consider color theory when designing your space and you will enjoy the beautiful room – and piece of mind!