Knowing how color affects your mood, your emotions and even the size of the room can help you design an overall decorating scheme that fits your lifestyle. And all you need to make major changes to your home is a paintbrush and paint.
Color is something most of us know about subconsciously. You feel calmer when you’re in certain rooms, and more agitated in others. Your unique temperament and perspective is the reason why you gravitate emotionally toward specific color palettes.
As remodeling and design experts, the color wheel is our must-have tool, and it should be yours as well.
Not only can this handy tool help you envision an overall color scheme, but it will also help you select colors according to their temperature. Confused? Let us explain.
Looking at the color wheel, you can see that it’s divided into two parts: One half reflects warmer colors (red through yellow-green) and the other half shows cooler shades (green through red-purple).
We see those colors as “warm” and “cool” because our brains actually perceive colors differently. Warmer colors such as reds and oranges are processed at a higher level than cooler colors. What this means for your décor is simple. Warm colors make surfaces appear closer, while cooler colors allow the same surfaces to recede.
This is why rooms painted in shades of reds or oranges may feel like they’re closing in on you, causing you to become agitated or energized. Small spaces will feel smaller when painted in warm shades, and large spaces will feel even larger – less cozy – if you decorate in cooler shades.
With this understanding you can begin to look at the color wheel with an expert eye, keeping your lifestyle in mind. Is your space large and needs a comforting element? Do you want to expand a smaller space? The answers to those questions will determine which side of the color wheel you gravitate towards.
Of course, it’s not necessary for you to choose one or the other for your entire space. We encourage our remodeling clients to utilize warm colors as a way to build intimacy into a large bedroom, while corresponding cooler shades from the opposite side of the color wheel expand a front room into what feels like an open, airy space.
Accents in opposite color temperatures will draw the eye toward unusual pieces and add dimension and creative energy into your rooms. Even wall hangings can be positioned so colors make them the focal point, depending on the colors in the room. This is a great way to draw the eye toward cherished elements, while keeping the overall mood of the room either expansive or cozy, depending on your unique lifestyle.
A room decorated using one color hue, but in varying shades and tints is described as monochromatic, which as the effect of compounding your intended color effect. For example, a small room with a low-ceiling will appear larger when you decorate in a cool monochromatic color scheme, including the ceiling, which should be painted in a blue-tinted white to further expand the space.
Far from being intimidating, decorating with colors is a powerful way to change the look and feel of your space quickly and easily.
How are you using color to make changes in your home?