Color Cache : : Effects of Color in the Home


Color plays a key role in interior design. It triggers emotions and can create a specific mood or an extension of personality. Incorporating color in the home is a delicate balance of art and science, so it is important to understand color’s psychological effects and how to use it in design theory.

Certain colors in a room can provoke feelings such as joy, surprise, drama, peacefulness, zeal or passion. While some people react differently to a color, for the most part we tend to respond similarly to the same colors. At least we know everyone reacts to color no matter age, ethnicity, traditions and experiences. As a general rule, these colors can create just the right mood for each room in your home.

Some people tend to gravitate toward colors that reflect their personalities. Type A personalities might lean in the direction of warm reds or oranges. An introvert could feel more at ease in a room with cool tones. Many of us look to current trends rather than simply choosing favorite colors like children do. Interior designers and color consultants skillfully combine these trends with clients’ color preferences to create a comfortable and stylish home.

1. Black

In many cultures, black is associated with mortality and malevolence. Luckily, it has positive attributes like wisdom, formality, elegance and mystery. In interior design theory, black is commonly used as an accent color that contrasts with many other hues. When used sparingly it is stylish and timeless. However if done correctly, even black walls can look stunning.

2. Blue


If you aren’t aware, blue is a significant color among interior designers. It’s a color of great depth and perception. It is seen as a indicator of security, order, stability and reliability. Subtle blues are perfectly suited for bedrooms and baths. Shades of blue give off a cool vibe and a Zen-like quality. While soothing and serene, blue gives a sense of calm but can create a melancholy mood if it is too dark.

3. Purple


This regal color gives a dignified and dramatic presence when used on walls or upholstery. Purple is a sign of abundance, nobility and health. It is a calming influence that relates to spirituality and mental perception. It works beautifully with other jewel tones but also looks perfect with lighter complementary colors such as soft yellow, pastel pink or off white.

4. Green

Green is the color of the great outdoors. It is a sign of luck, abundance and hope. Like blue, it is a cool, friendly color that pairs well with a variety of other colors. Green looks crisp and clean with white accents. Emerald, mint, lime or even chartreuse will add elegance and charm to any room in your home.

5. White

White is a heavenly hue widely used in interior design. It symbolizes faith, goodness, light and innocence. Use it anywhere inside and out. White colors create the illusion of larger spaces when used in a small room. White rooms feel fresh, clean and lively. Pair it with black for a classic design effect.

6. Red


Red is a potent color that expresses intense passion, anger, peril and power. Bright reds are visually and mentally stimulating. Subtle shades of red can be cozy and inviting. Vibrant red in a bedroom is not a restful color and should be avoided if you want a good night’s sleep. Shades like cinnabar or cranberry exude a warm and welcoming embrace. Some reds can stimulate appetite, which is why this color is used in restaurants and dining rooms. Red is perfect for an accent wall or in fabrics and accessories. Too much red can create chaos in the mind and spirit.

7. Orange

If you shy away from red, you might want to consider a rich orange. A rust-like orange can blend with autumnal d├ęcor or can go summery with a citrus twist. It’s a happy and enjoyable color that works in virtually any room in the house. Orange represents bravery and generosity making family and guests feel full of life and sociable.

8. Yellow

Yellow, in regard to color psychology, is the color of affection, intelligence, wealth and empathy. A room drenched in bold yellow looks cheery and welcoming. Pastel yellows echo the colors of spring and golden tones really warm up a space. Like brash reds, keep flamboyant yellows to a minimum unless you need a constant jolt of energy.

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