Deciding on colors for your home may feel daunting to some. Analyzing the use of the room, how you plan to interact in the space, and how you want to feel in the space may dramatically impact your color scheme. Color has the power to make a small room feel larger and a large room feel more intimate. Colors can play on our psyche to make us feel empowered, calm, anxious or even hungry. One way to start is by categorizing your rooms into passive spaces and active spaces. For example, kitchens fall into the active category, while bathrooms tend to fall into the passive group.
Warm colors such as reds, yellows, and oranges inspire activity and are likewise designated for more active spaces. Warm tones visually move towards you. When used on large surface areas such as walls, floors, or even ceilings it can have the affect of bringing a space in. In a larger room this could naturally make a space more cozy and intimate. Conversely, in an already small space, it can make a room feel more cramped.
More vibrant hues of these warm colors can have varying affects on us as well. Red is the most powerful color of the color wheel, and therefore is a good example. Red is often described as the color of fire and passion. When used in an intense or bright hue it has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure. Reds have also been shown to stimulate the appetite and conversation. It is important to consider how you want to use such a powerful color as it can also make you feel that the perceived temperature of the space is elevated. More muted earthy shades such as a red ocher may make you feel quite cozy. More earthy hues can give you all the warmth, comfort and energy but with none of the exaggerated pulse.
Conversely, your blue, purple, and green hues embody your cool tones. These hues are better reserved for “passive” spaces. Blues and greens are noted for being calm and restful. The two colors most representative of nature and most indicative of balance and harmony. As mentioned, reds have been known to stimulate appetite. When observing nature, you’ll find many natural occurring red foods; unlike, the color blue, where there are little to none naturally blue foods (even blueberries are a deep purple). Consequently, painting your dining room or kitchen blue may help to suppress your appetite!
There are many theories that can be applied when considering colors. Pick flavors that inspire you and make you feel the best in the room that your outfitting!