Colors

November 20th, 2009

When remodeling any given room, colors have to be taken into careful consideration. Colors contain underlying meanings to us psychologically and evoke certain feelings in us. All of us have preconceived notions, developed over time, about colors.

If you want to bring life to a space, provide a great background for your family, or to create a more enjoyable atmosphere in your house, one should always look towards the use of color. Every color has influence on our emotions, either by adding on to an existing inherent physiological emotional response or by causing a brand new personal response, based on a person’s past experience, memories, and to a degree, genetics. Learning the magic of colors allows oneself to enhance the emotional support in every room of your home.

Yet you must also always remember that interior and exterior design are not fashion statements. Fashions ebb and flow and will eventually go out of style; you should seek to establish a pleasant color scheme that you could be happy with for a lifetime. All of these should be based on your current emotional needs. Most importantly, just remember that color design should be fun! Be creative and have fun with it; go with your heart. If you learn to understand how color effects peoples mood, especially in regard to temperature, you’ll have the confidence in yourself needed to make the best possible choices you can.

Colors are neutral, cool, or warm. Warm colors are associated with happiness and comfort. Warm colors produce inviting, warm, happy feelings. They include: orange, red, yellow, magenta, and yellow-green hues. Yet because these warm colors tend to speed up our perception of time, they make us feel restless. Warm colors, although considered happy colors, are often instead mind-numbing and tedious unless they’re balanced with a cooler shade.

On the flip side, cool colors give space a professional feeling, and their coolness often calms people. Cool colors, especially lighter shades of blue, tend to recede into the background. Cool colors are: violet, blue, green, light blue, and cyan. These colors slow down the perception of time, and work great in contrast with warm colors or neutral colors.

Neutral colors brown, gray, white and black usually have undertones that make them not truly neutral. This is even more flagrant to see to the open eye when affected by lighting. Be careful to not have too many neutral colors for this will exhaust your eye and create a dull atmosphere in your house.

Choosing colors should always be your first consideration for a room. How colors affect our perception of things and temperature are key to establishing the perfect harmony in your house. Take special consideration when considering such things, and best of luck on your remodeling project!