Remodeling Your Home: The Psychology of Color

If you’re looking for an easy way to spice up your home without spending too much money, you should consider color. Different colors have different personalities that can really improve your mood and show your sense of style.

Color accents can make the rooms in your home feel more calm, approachable, optimistic or daring. They can even make rooms feel larger or more intimate. Using the right pieces and color combinations can cause significant mental and physical benefits.

Here are the basics behind every color of the rainbow.

Red: Daring and Bold

Red is a bold color that stimulates the senses and demands attention. Depending on its shade and context, red can create a romantic, contemporary or even rustic vibe. Touches of red can warm up cooler-colored rooms or add drama when used as the main color.

When light touches red, it creates a warm glow that makes people want to be together. Incorporating some red accents is a great way to give a room a more intimate feel.

Orange: Friendly and Approachable

Orange is a great way to give your home a jolt of energy. It’s reminiscent of citrus and sunsets, and it represents happiness and innovation for many people. While orange has a bad reputation for being overwhelming, the right shades of orange can inspire relaxation and a feeling of warmth.

“Orange is the child of red and yellow,” says color expert Leatrice Eiseman. “It gives you the excitement of red, but at the same time, the welcoming, friendly, warm aspect of yellow.”

It can also stimulate an appetite, so it would be a good choice for a dining room or kitchen. The brighter the shade, the less you need to draw the eye and create that approachable feel.

Yellow: Optimistic and Uplifting

Yellow is the color of happiness because of its ability to capture the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Yellow also brings a lot of mental and interpersonal benefits, including memory activation, nervous system stimulation and increased communication skills.

The wide spectrum of yellow shades gives you a lot of flexibility in designing feel-good rooms. Muted yellows work well as a peaceful neutral. Strong, saturated shades can create the illusion of light, making hallways and windowless rooms feel brighter. A buttery yellow adds a warm glow that makes a room feel cozy.

Green: Soothing and Natural

Green represents life and growth. It’s associated with being outdoors, so it lends a stable feel to a room.

The soothing quality of green makes it an ideal shade for almost any room. Emerald-green can create drama, sea-green promotes openness, and pops of lime green can add energy.

“We respond to green and blue because green and blue are the colors of the planet,” says color expert Elaine Ryan. “You’re brining the natural world inside when you use green, and it will work with everything as long as it’s the same tonal value.”

Blue: Calming and Energizing

Blue is a powerful color; it can evoke feelings of both calm and energy, depending on how you use it.

High-energy blues like sapphire can add boldness and energy to a room, while lighter shades like sky blue create tranquility. Darker shades offer drama, and paler blues can make small spaces feel more expansive, like the sea or the sky.

The color blue slows respiration and heartbeat, making you feel physically calmer. Use blue in rooms where you go to relax, such as your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen.

Purple: Mysterious and eccentric

Purple is a combination of relaxed blue and daring red. It’s the color of royalty and creativity, and it can add exotic flair to many rooms in your home.

Purple can be dramatic or quiet, depending on the shade. Deep purples are stunning, while light lavenders add softness. Darker shades can be heavy on the eyes, so you don’t need to overdo it. A few strategically placed purple accents can go a long way in creating an exciting new vibe.

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