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What Do Color Choices Say About Your Home? | Part Two

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Your color choices in your home can say a lot about you and the overall environment. Therefore, knowing when and where to use colors can help you master how each room feels. Combining colors can help influence different feelings as well. As we explored in five colors in part one, we saw how different colors can have significantly different impacts on an environment. Today, we will look at several more common colors used in design themes. Let’s get started!

Purple

Purple is known as a mysterious yet spiritual color. It is a compassionate color; however, it can make for a more calming atmosphere. Using purple is a perfect way to create a luxurious or imaginative environment while being very versatile.

White

This crisp color can make any room feel clean and spacious. White is a heavenly color that is pure and feels very refreshing. It pairs best with cool tones more than warm tones, which is vital to know when designing your space.

Green

If you are trying to add more life to a room, green is the color of choice. It can help revitalize and energize a space. Also, it subconsciously reminds us of plant life, which can help invigorate any atmosphere.

Gray

Gray can steal benefits from both white and black. While sophisticated and classy, it can also keep a room feeling more open and spacious. It is still neutral and leans toward black for more benefits, or you can go light to explore more white inspiration.

Yellow

Yellow is a creative color to use in a room. It is very eye-catching as it is used to capture attention. It will radiate throughout the room, making it feel more optimistic and charming. In essence, you can add more energy to a room by using yellow.

What colors do you use in your own design? There are so many ways we can add color to our homes to help give them life. Knowing these characteristics can help you tailor a room to your specific needs. For more insight on color psychology and interior design, make sure to subscribe!

What Do Color Choices Say About Your Home? | Part One

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors

Today’s interior design is everchanging. Many homeowners are being more expressive in their design by adding more personal touches to their homes. In fact, designers believe that our homes are an outlet in which we can express ourselves. The music we enjoy, the way we dress, and even our interior design styles can say a lot about us. However, did you know color has psychological references as well? The colors we are adding to our homes all have meaning. Today, we are going to take a look at some of the most popular colors in homes to analyze what they say about you.

Pink

This color is a compassionate tone. It can be associated with femininity but is slowly becoming more gender-neutral. It evokes kindness and empathy into the atmosphere, and it is known as an innocent color that does not feel aggressive in a room.

Brown

From walnut, coffee, mocha, and even woods, this earthy tone can be expressed through many shades. It feels organic, which makes a room feel more secure and grounded. Being a neutral-based color, brown feels approachable and wholesome in any room.

Red

Red is an extremely bold color! It can make a room feel warmer and add more energy to the space, making for a more exciting environment. However, if it is used too much in a room, it can feel aggressive. Using this color can be great for stimulating a passionate atmosphere or used in another area to make a daring and dynamic statement.

Black

Pure black can feel quite sophisticated. It makes for creating a strong and authoritative atmosphere. It can absorb light, making a room feel darker, which makes for a more mysterious-feeling environment as well.

Blue

Feel confident by adding blue to a room and make a cool-toned space. It is very soothing and evokes calmness and serenity. This peaceful color is perfect for reducing stress and makes for a great area to reflect and relax.

While color psychology is subjective, these expressions are general ideas. Did you know these colors’ psychologies before you read this article? If not, what do the colors in your home say about you? Remember that combing colors or using more versus less of specific colors can influence different thoughts or feelings about your environment. If you are looking to add more color to your home, consider some of these color psychologies. They can help you personalize your space and tailor it exactly how you want it to feel. Make sure to check out the second part of this series to explore even more colors!

Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Paint Color

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You have spent the past few weeks analyzing paint swatches, and you are finally at the point where you just wish a color would pick itself. Selecting the right paint color is crucial because it sets the tone for the room, and you want to choose a hue that will harmonize with the other design elements in the room. Before you result in randomly picking a color, here six questions you need to ask yourself:

Where Am I in the Decorating Process?

Paint should be the last element that you implement. However, it needs to be a part of the process from the beginning. After all, repainting can be a simple change. Once you pick out the right sofa and see how those expensive window treatments finally look, you can launch a paint job. If you know what color you interested in using within a space, hold off until all the major design components are in place before you settle on a color.

Will I Actually Love This Color?

The truth is, you will never know whether you really love the color you have selected until it is applied to your walls. If you really like a color, avoid being driven by fear and trust your instincts. Do not let anyone talk you into sticking with white or a muted tone just because it is “less risky.” If it is in the budget, you can hire a professional color consultant to give you advice on what colors look best in a room and how you can implement your favorite color.

Have I Used the Available Tools?

While the color may look great in the magazine, in real life, it may not be as appealing. Before making your final color decision, you should analyze paint chips, samples, and swatches. Using such tools will help you get a good feel for how the color will look on your walls.

Have I Looked at the Color More Than Once?

Lighting can dramatically affect the way a color looks. If you are using a paint sample or analyzing swatches against your walls, be sure to see how it looks at various times of the day and in different lighting scenarios.

What Mood Am I Trying to Create?

The mood and tone of a room can be established by the colors we choose. Therefore, it is important to recognize their power and choose a color or color palette that reflects the mood you want. For example, if you want a tranquil bathroom, you may opt for light blues. On the other hand, if you want a cheerful living room, you may choose a bright yellow.

Does It Complement the Space?

There is a huge debate about whether or not dark colors can be used in smaller spaces. Our opinion is to look at your space and determine the darkness based on your room. Since no two rooms are alike, you can decide if a light or dark shade would work best for your space.

What other questions do you ask yourself when selecting a paint color? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Using Cool Tones in Your Design

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Many elements contribute to making your interior design perfectly balance. Ideally, you want your room to be functional yet also have a sense of style. To do so, you can choose a style like Rustic or Contemporary to help set guidelines when designing your space. However, you can also influence the mood of your room with color. In fact, there are three different tones that you can create with colors: cool, warm, and neutral. Today, we are going to discuss cool tones and how they affect your environment. Let’s take a look!

Color Psychology 

Certain colors can help depict specific psychological feelings or moods. Learning to use color psychology can help you design your space. For example, warm tones can make a room feel more inviting, whereas cool tones can allow a space to feel more relaxing. Deciding what you are trying to accomplish is vital before you choose your color palette.  

Cool Tones 

There are three types of moods you can set in a room: warm, cool, or neutral. Even though every color can have its own influences, having colors that work together can create a mood. Cool tones can make a space feel more passive and soothing. If you are looking to achieve this look, try using cool tone colors such as blue, green, purple, and violet. These tones can all work together to help create your atmosphere. A general rule of them is to add contrast.  If your room is primarily cool tones, feel free to contrast small areas with the opposing colors. This can also allow benefits from other color tones to affect the space. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

Setting the mood is more than just adding color. Decide how you plan on using each color in your space. Some colors work great with each other, so try exploring different color swatches, floorings, and textiles together. Just keep in mind the mood you are trying to accomplish. Designing your space should give you freedom, but should also feel planned and unified. 

Cool tones can have a significant impact on your environment and can help your space feel relaxing.  Do you like to use cool tones or warm tones more in your space? Let us know below in the comment section. 

Color Pallet: Lava Living Room – Steel Grey, Cranberry, True Red, Blood Orange

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This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
  • Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
  • White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.

What makes the design sophisticated?

  • Everything!
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Glass and metal
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity
  • Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The incorporation of white

What makes the room versatile?

  • It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic

Where Do I Find Inspiration for My Home Color Palette?

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Every home has a color palette or a color story. This is the mix of colors that flows through the home, leading you from room to room. Ideally, a good palette should be cohesive and blend well so that each room, while different, feels like it is part of the same homet. If you’re starting from scratch and wondering how to come up with a color palette for your home, you have several different ways to go about finding one.

Historical Palettes

Depending on what type of home you have, it may have a built in color palette that you just aren’t aware of yet. Victorian, Craftsman, or Colonial, every home style comes with a set of colors that the original architects and designers envisioned would work in these spaces. For example Victorian homes have what is known as a “somber” palette; all the colors were mixed with a little black to tone them down. Craftsman homes, on the other hand, took their inspiration from nature, using colors found just outside the home such as pine green or sky blue.

If you research your home’s style, you may find some palettes that can provide you with inspiration for what will work on your walls.

Interior Design Palette

If you have a specific interior design style that you are working toward, you may find that you have a built in palette for that as well. For example, if you enjoy Country style you’ll find plenty of reds, white, blue, and yellow to work with, while Tuscan style pulls colors from the hills of Tuscany – lots of terracotta, pumpkin, sage green, and sky blue. Choosing a style to decorate your home with provides you with a rich choice of color inspiration, and helps pull everything together so it flows.

Use a Piece of Art or Home Décor

If you’re truly stuck for inspiration, try taking a look at some artwork, fabric or a colorful rug you already have in your home. Look at the colors incorporated in the piece, and use them as a jumping off point for the décor around you. As long as the colors flow together well, the design will follow.

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

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Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

From Shells to Sofa: Use Photo as Design Inspiration

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Are you drawn to certain photos because of their colors? If so, you may be able to develop a design color palette for your home by looking through various photos.

This beach scene provides a close up of small water-washed rocks and shells. Among them are a rich selection of browns and neutral tones. If these colors appeal to you, how about using this photo as the basis for decorating a room in your home?

Take a look at the living room below. The caramels of the two shells in the front and back of the photo reflect the browns of the wood flooring and leather sofa. These shells stand out in part because of the soft neutral tones of the stones below. In the same way, the area rug brings cool and warm tones in a small pattern that allows those caramel browns to stand out in the room.

There are darker shades among the stones and that touch of black adds personality. In the same way, the black touches in the room pull together to keep the colors from becoming one-dimensional.

The stone that surrounds the fireplace along with the throw and pillows across the back of the sofa bring in some of the reds that appear in the shell toward the left of the beach photo. This works well with the caramel shades that make up a strong part of this room’s color palette.

When you’re thinking about what colors you want to bring into your home, take the time to review photos of just about anything. You may be surprised at what you can come up with – a unique look for your home.