You love green. Wait, you love orange. On second thought, yellow is your true love. While narrowing down our favorite palettes can be challenging, the worst mistake to make is simply throwing paint at the wall and try to include all of them in one room. Instead, you may be surprised to find that the right colors if used in a masterful blend, can actually empower people, allow them to open up, or simply put them in a good mood.
I would love to introduce you to the color basics and how colors work together to encourage emotion. Creating a harmonious color palette is a science (and while I was never good at science in school), I have found in design that there are some rules you need to follow and some you need to break. The first step is to decide how you want your room to feel, from that point you can easily choose the right color combinations to create the mood in any space.
Cool & Warm: Different Tones Create Different Atmospheres
It may seem counter intuitive, but cool colors create a calm space and warm colors inspire activity. If you want your living room to be a place where your children are free to play and family gathers to share stories then you should choose a warm palette. Gooey yellows, cinnamon, and deep reds can actually play with guests emotions. Unbeknownst to them these colors will inspire them to interact, seek out fun, and feel at ease.
If you want to feel enveloped by your space, cozy up on your bed and read a great book then slates, crisp whites, and lavender are the colors for you. Cool hues can actually break down emotional walls. However, no matter what mood you are trying to evoke, be sure you don’t use too much of any one color. What could be considered calming, if used in the wrong context, can become sterile if overpowering.
Color Codes: What Each Color Does to the Psyche
Here is quick list of what some popular colors can actually do to the mind:
Orange, Tangerine, Burnt Clementine: No matter the variation of orange, this color creates coziness. If you live in a cool place and want people to feel warmth when they enter your home, orange is the hue that can have them shedding their overcoats and enjoying your inviting place in no time.
Red, Candy Apple, Fire Engine: Red is adventurous and can increase an appetite. So you wouldn’t want to paint a bedroom red, in the chance that your guests feel the need to arise at midnight for a snack. Instead, this color should be reserved for dining rooms and kitchens. It stimulates appetite and infers a feeling of intimacy. Perfect for a small dinner party.
Green, Olive, Peridot: Green invigorates and can add balance to any room. For a zen-inspired place, green can bring a restful energy into your home. If you live a hectic life, this color is the perfect way to unwind.
Remember, the 60-30-10 Rule
Be sure to not over-do it with any of these colors. Institute the 60-30-10 rule whenever using any color in a space. 60 percent of the room should be the dominate color, the remaining 30 percent of the room should be an adjacent accent color, and the last 10 percent should be a pop for added variety.