Sunday, March 25, 2012

Using Colors in Your Home Design

Did you realize that various colors could affect your daily mood? The field of color psychology can definitely be used in home design as you choose both paint and fabric colors for the various rooms throughout your house.

Bright Colors

Bright colors make rooms look larger, so when you're trying to create the illusion of extra space, choose a shade of yellow or eggshell.

Red has been shown to increase an individual's appetite, so it's often chosen as a kitchen accent color. However, if you're the victim of high blood pressure, you should probably steer clear of red since it's been known to increase blood pressure along with irritability in many individuals.

Green has been shown to increase concentration, so whether you choose to paint a wall a light green or include a bright green office chair or simply buy a potted plant, be sure to add some of this bright color to your office or school room.

Another bright color to consider is yellow. Yellow inspires optimism; so you can create a happy atmosphere in your entryway, kitchen, sunroom, or any other room by includes some shade of this sunny color!

One bright color to avoid is purple, since it tends to seem artificial in home design. If purple is our absolute favorite color, you can include it in accessories, fabric, or with natural colors like subtle green or yellow shades.

Bright accents of orange can be used in a sick room or an asthmatic child's room. It's been known both to increase energy and improve lung functions. Orange can also be a great color for a workout room, since you need both energy and deep breathing for an effective workout!

Finally, the bright color white makes a perfect color for a bathroom. Not only does it symbolize cleanliness, but also it literally helps you keep the room clean by revealing stains and spots, which need cleaning. You can rest assured that your bathroom is sparkling clean and germ free when it's an unspotted white!

Other Colors

Shades of blue, lavender, and green are considered relaxing colors since they seem to have a relaxing effect on the room's occupants. These are ideal colors to incorporate into the home design for your bedroom or bathroom (especially the bathtub/shower area) since these rooms are most often associated with relaxation.

Utilizing colors from your past can create a nostalgic and cheerful atmosphere, bringing back happy memories from your childhood. Experts have noted that using these colors in your kitchen is especially effective for bringing back fond memories spent with family during meal times.

Warm tones like deep reds, oranges and yellows are ideal accent colors during the autumn months. These colors create a welcoming atmosphere and make the room seem warmer.

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