RED … is often associated with Fire and Blood. It symbolizes energy, strength, power, passion, desire and love. It is an intense color with high visibility that attracts your eye immediately. This is why Stop signs are red, it is generally found in national flags and used frequently in advertising. Red is a great color for rooms that need excitement and generate movement: Home Theaters, Kitchens and Dining rooms. A caution: Red is difficult to work with and should be used sparingly.
ORANGE … is often associated with the tropics. It symbolizes enthusiasm, success, and stimulation. It’s not as aggressive as Red and not as jubilant as yellow. It’s right in the middle and one of my favorite colors. The warm tones generally promote an appetite and activity so this color would be great in a work out room, children’s play areas, bonus rooms and game rooms.
YELLOW … is often associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy. A cheerful color often both pleasant and soothing. Very rarely does someone tell me they do not like yellow. Cheerful and new, this color is great for kitchens, and social rooms. It can be overwhelming depending on the brightness so be careful in bedrooms, as these rooms need to be soothing. Babies have been known to cry in rooms that are too bold with yellow because they are overstimulated.
GREEN … is often associated with the outdoors. As in nature, green symbolizes growth, success, and can be restful and soothing. It’s also known for it’s strong emotional correspondence with safety. This color is great for bedrooms, offices or family rooms. This is not a good color for Dining rooms as it does not promote your appetite as much as a warmer palette does.
BLUE … is often associated with water and sky. It symbolizes faith, loyalty, confidence, intellect, tranquility and calmness. Unlike warmer palettes which are much more emotional colors, Blue evokes a relaxing vibe. This color is great for bedrooms, hospitals, reading areas and study areas. This color would not be good for rec rooms, work out rooms, or kitchens (though it is an appetite suppressant if you need to lose a few lbs… )
PURPLE … is often associated with Royalty. It symbolizes power, wealth and extravagance but it also known to promote creativity. 75% of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple is seldom used in homes though it is one of my favorite colors. It has a certain mystery and feminine feel to it though when used in the right way can be very masculine and bold. This color, in my biased opinion, is underrated and can be used in offices, bedrooms, rec rooms, and home theaters.
WHITE … is often associated with innocence and purity. Many people prefer white walls, white trim or white furniture because it represents cleanliness. It has a positive connotation and can be used in a million ways in a home. White walls create a canvas for creative accent walls, art work, or bold ceilings and furnishings. White can be used as an accent in the same way.
BLACK … is often associated with power, formality, death and mystery. Many people fear black as it held a negative connotation back in the day. For example, people still dress in black to symbolize grief. But let me stick up for this bold and beautiful color for a min. Black can be an excellent contrast for many colors, it can make you look thinner, and can be gorgeous as in black and white photographs. It can be intimidating, but so can every other color. Believe me, I’ve seen it.
GREY … is often associated with the corporate world. Grey is a sophisticated color and is fast replacing the neutral beige. Grey can be a very formal color and a symbol of strength but lighter colors of grey evoke a soothing natural vibe when combined with pastels. Grey is one of the most versatile colors and is growing in popularity very quickly.
Let’s chat … Are you considering painting something? I’d love to hear! Leave me a comment or email me your photos. I’m going to upload photos I’ve done using these colors during the week to show off color how we interpret color. Stay tuned.
Have a great weekend folks. Dwell well.