Do you ever think about how color can affect your feelings or mood? When we choose the color scheme for our homes, generally we consider the following: what you like, what trends are hot right now or what we’ve discovered on Pinterest’s many eye-catching interior design boards. Do you consciously think about how your color scheme will affect your mood, and do you put that thought into basic interior buys such as a sofa or curtains?
Whether we think about how the color scheme of our home affects us or not, subconsciously color does affect our mood. We take in so much information on a daily basis and such a simple thing as color can awaken a range of senses, memories and feelings. It also shapes how we make our personal style choices. Matching the color scheme around your home can also provide therapeutic and calming effects for your health. Creating a personal and intimate space gives a sense of individualism and is super easy with interior designers helping you make it the ideal haven for tranquil living.
Interior trends and style choice
The recent interior trend of Hygge has created waves around the globe with individuals looking to fashion the ultimate in cozy spaces and comfortable living. This trend is a Danish tradition. Yet when looking at the detail behind the concept; color, lighting and atmosphere are all contributing factors in making this environment come to life. So consciously or subconsciously when striving to create a warming Hygge style space in your home, you are in fact thinking about how the colors and ambience affect how you want to feel in that space.
Colors help to create a state of mind while adding individuality to your home at the same time as furniture is an ideal complement in bringing family together. Furniture styles, such as mid century sofas, are ideal for creating a space where the family can gather and interact while indulging in the comforts of chic living. Choosing color, texture, style and fabric are another essential part of creating a unique space and these elements aid in the decision on whether you are looking to showcase contemporary style or an ambient vibe in a room.
Color is also important in several aspects of everyday living from interior design and advertising to education and signage. Take a look how different colors affect mood and impact your interior style choices.
White is a popular color for bedding and interiors, giving a fresh, clean feeling to your home. This pure color symbolizes energy and gives a sensation of revitalization. White can also help people that suffer with insomnia since it exudes a soothing and calming ambience in a room.
According to Feng Shui experts, blue arouses a variety of harmonious feelings such as deep calm and serenity. Adding touches of dark blue to a bedroom is said to promote a better sleep while lighter shades are perfect for busy family spaces as they create a light, playful ambience.
Shades of browns are associated with practical and secure atmospheres and are often seen in rooms seeking to create a refined look. Pairing with ambient colors such as oranges and dark creams offer mental stimulation and adds warmth to a space.
The color green is often connected with nature and offers a calming, restful balance in a room. It can help create a tranquil space in a bedroom and a serene living area. Matching with other earthy tones also provides a feeling of energy and invigoration.
Yellow and orange
Bright and cheery colors create a stimulating and energetic feel to a room. Yellow is an extremely happy color whereas orange offers a warming, stable complement. These colors are ideal in living and dining rooms as they provide a stable and content place for the whole family.
The color red has several portrayals both positive and negative. Using the right tones can create a lively, passionate space perfect for family rooms and dining spaces. Darker shades can create rooms exuding elegance and regal connections whereas lighter shades offer romantic, playful feelings.
Dark colors show an element of sophistication mixed with passion and exuberance. Black if overused creates an air of drama and eccentricity yet using elements of this color provides statement style in a room. The best advice I can give about using black is to use in moderation. Otherwise you may end up with a room looking like you’re a teenager in angst.
Whether you are revamping your home, updating a room or deciding on your very first interior purchases, color schemes are really important in making your house feel like a home.
What are your favorite colors to use in your home?
I tend to stick to neutrals, but I’ve been trying to add more color. Bright colors do help me feel better, so even the little things can make a room feel more cheery.