’s Tips for Selecting The Right Colors to Use in Every Room of The Home

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It may seem easy to choose colors for one room or even an entire home design, but using certain color combinations in the home can result in an unsettling experience for its occupants.

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To determine what colors should be used in each room, a careful consideration for the use of each room is needed.

It may seem easy to choose colors for one room or even an entire home design, because, after all, choosing colors is an everyday fact of life, i.e., fashion, ipad accessories, automobiles, nail color. This is easy, right? In many cases the selections made are a success, and in each of these instances, when a new day dawns, new selections can be made, possibly to correct past mistakes. What is a successful use of colors in product design seldom translates into color combinations that work in a home design. Often, the result of applying certain color combinations in the home is an unsettling experience for its occupants.

Interior designers study color theory and have gained the knowledge about the effective use of colors to achieve specific interior conditions. But the general population seldom learns about the effects the use of colors can produce. Trial and error teaches powerful and costly lessons about the psychological effects of using one color rather than another in a home or office design. Certain colors, combined with their secondary, tertiary, or complementary colors, and used in a room design, are known to be able to change the mood of the room’s guests. A visit to, a furnishing and home décor website, provides the opportunity to select the right color accessories to inspire the desired mood

The use of white can boost the visitor’s mood, with its airy, refreshing and clean look. An application of yellow can also have an uplifting effect just as a ray of sunshine produces. Various shades of pink are felt to be soothing by their association to the feminine and all that tastes sweet. Pink can also bring a blush to certain complexions for a radiant glow. But warm reds usually engender passionate and stimulated states of mind as well as the feeling of warmth. With the color blue in the interior design, a meditative atmosphere is achieved, and this color can be a cooling element to a room receiving regular sun and heat. The color blue has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate much like the blue water of a pond or lake. It has also been used in interior spaces to help a confined space feel larger similar to the expansive feel of the blue sky. The color purple, if it is a bluish shade, can induce serenity and calm. Reddish shades of purple have long been associated with power and were thus used by royalty. The psychological effects from using the color green are similar to those of the color blue, and are perceived as being soothing. Brown can add depth and warmth to a space and with its connection to chocolate and coffee, the effect is often pleasant when used. The browns found in the natural world can translate to a rustic design when applied in the home. The careful use of black gives an elegant and sophisticated air to a home design. Black is a studied mix of all the colors and the proper combination yields a very rich and lustrous hue. Colors are perceived as warm or cool by the eye. The cool colors are the blues and greens, like the blues and greens found in nature. The warm colors are the red, yellows and oranges, and are associated with fire and the sun.

To determine what colors should be used in each room, a careful consideration for the use of each room is needed. It is also important to understand how much light enters the room during the different times of day. The amount of available light will affect the chosen shades and tints of a color. Also, at what time of day will a room get the most use? Knowing the psychological effects that color can create in a room, what mood will best suit this use of space? Remember that color is not only applied to the walls. The floor and ceiling hues can have a powerful influence over the main shade selected for the walls and on the overall mood that is to be established. The tints and shades found in the drapery and upholstery fabric will also be an influence when found alongside specific color combinations. Another visit to, will rekindle the ideas of which colorful piece of décor will be the proper accent in a room’s design.    

So, there are a lot of details to consider when making the first color selection. To use color in the development of a specific interior condition can resemble the production of a carefully created chemical formula. One color will be selected to establish the main theme of a room design and this color will be modulated by other colors that are used as accents and found in the various details of a fabric, a carpet or a furniture design. The alternate colors that are introduced can soften the dominate color or it can brighten this background shade. There are endless color combinations and endless ways to influence, inspire, or soothe a home’s occupants and its guests.

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