Designing a home can be a fun experience in exploring the many colors this world has to offer. Some people hire a designer but for those who want a new adventure, they learn about the many ways they can use color to increase the life in their home. For any level of experience, there are different elements to choosing between colors.
When deciding what color should go where in a room, consider what effect the color will have on the room. This isn't just how it will look from a design standpoint, but also how the room will feel to those who are in it. For example, colors that are light will make a room feel more expansive and brighter. On the other hand, darker colors will make a room feel smaller and more intimate.
In general, there are two different types of colors: active and passive. By understanding this classification, you can use active or passive colors to create the effect that you want.
As can be seen in the name, active colors tend to have a higher frequency in the color spectrum than passive colors. Therefore, choose active colors for rooms with lots of movement. These colors inspire confidence and enthusiasm as well as energy. Active colors include bright red, orange, yellow, and green. Each color will inspire a certain mood that can be reflected in the room.Red is oneof the most active colors, but depending on the tint or shade could still be passive. Keep this in mind when choosing a red for your room. Bright reds are good for a bright atmosphere. More than any other color, bright red will raise the energy level in the room and stimulate conversation. Darker and cool reds, on the other hand, are very elegant. They create an active atmosphere as well but at a more graceful pace.
Red can have contrasting effects on different areas of the house. If you have red in an entryway, it will create a strong first impression. However, it is a strong color, and should not be used everywhere. For example, most designers will not use in bedrooms because it can be overwhelming and can even raise blood pressure. Red works well as a contrasting or accent color.
Yellow is another active color and is normally in a bright tint. The brightness of yellow reflects the brightness of the sun. In many ways, this is thought to be the color of communication and happiness. Like most active colors, however, yellow can be overwhelming if used too much, so it is wise to use it as an accent rather than a main color.
Yellow is good for hallways, entry ways and small spaces, because it is a bright color, that can often make a smaller space feel more expansive. Interestingly, yellow can have a positive effect on your body. It’s known for its ability to help purify and renew.
Green can be either an active color or a passive color, depending on the shade. If you have a bright green, it is an active color. Bright green is the color of new life and brings an element of spring. It can be as as cheery as yellow but it’s not as overwhelming. As well as being an active color of energy bright green can have a cooling effect.
Orange is the color of excitement and enthusiasm. As the color of fun, orange evokes motivation and eagerness. This intense yet carefree color is great for an exercise room or other rooms of activity. Historically, orange was known for its healing qualities especially in the lungs. Orange is recognized with its ability to help increase energy levels within an individual.
Passive colors create a calming, comfortable atmosphere. Many passive colors are very welcoming to visitors as well as residents in a home.
Blue is one of the most calming passive colors. It is considered relaxing because it tends to bring down the heart rate as well as slow respiration and blood pressure. After a long day, it’s soothing to be able to walk into a room painted blue. Because of the calming attribute, blue color is recommended for bathrooms.
Green in the darker shades is very restful. This color has the attribute of being cheerful and refreshing at the same times. Because it is a mixture of yellow and blue, green contains a mixture of their qualities.
Green can be good in any room the the house, depending on how you use it. Use in rooms where you want to cool things down such as the kitchen. It is also helpful in rooms that you want to wind down in as it is comforting like a bedroom. Ultimately, green helps create relaxing and Restful mood.
Purple is historically known for the color of royalty because of its sophistication. Dark purples are dramatic and elegant and should therefore be used for rooms of luxury and creativity, such as a craft room or a living room. This is especially true for darker colors of purple. Lighter shades of purple have a similar quality as blue but bring a warmer atmosphere. Purples like lavender can bring an element of spring into the air.
Neutral colors such as black, white, brown, and gray are perhaps the most practical colors. Different shades of brown as well as creams are a popular way to create a comfortable home. Neutral colors are mainly used in big, common areas such as a living room or a family room. But this set of colors can also be used in a bathroom, kitchen or bedrooms as well. If you are looking into the future, neutral colors appeal to the widest spread of audience and make it easier to sell a home.
Once you find the color that fits the mood you want to create in the room, you need to match it with other colors to create contrast and accent. There are different ways to bring out the personality of a color. The first way is by looking at complementary colors colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel. This will show you which colors harmonize with each other most cohesively. Red and green, orange and blue, and violet and yellow go well together. Another way to match colors together is by looking at analogous colors, colors next to each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and green are analogous colors. These colors have a similar same energy as each other and unify each other in creating a unique and delightful ambiance.
When designing the rooms in your home, be sure to consider the many color options you can choose. Each color can bring a singular quality in the home of harmony and completion.