Did you know that color has meaning and emotions? No? Well, they do!! Many companies will spend thousands of dollars on a color specialist to get the right color for their products or office/building. That's how important color is!
I thought it would be fun to give you some insight behind each color.
- Red. An intense color that can pump the adrenaline and increase your appetite. That's traditional red was commonly used in dining rooms. Brick reds are much more classic, warm, and have an earthier feel. Cherry red, think energy and romance! Whichever color red you choose, red commands attention. Did you know that the reason surgeons wear blue scrubs is to give their eyes rest while working on the inside of the human body?!!
- Orange. Enthusiasm, creativity, and warmth! It's also the one color that is most often used in fast food advertising!!
- Yellow. Sunny, bright, and welcoming. Yellow will lighten your mood and lifts the spirits. Although yellow is a happy color, intense yellow can be difficult on the eyes. It's that very reason that you should avoid using intense yellow in a young child's room. Soft yellow, however, is easy to live with and can coordinate with every color.
- Green. Think nature. Can also be restful, balancing, tranquil and invigorating. Most medical facilities will use green to comfort patients. In the entertaining world, many people will wait in a "green" room before a performance. Dark green has a more conservative, traditional feel, while light green has a more natural and soothing earth tone feel to them. Green will work well with almost every color.
- Blue. Calm, meditative, and clear thinking (surgeon's scrubs). Blue also invokes clarity, honesty, and loyalty. Blue is the color most often used in bedrooms.
- Purple. Luxury, wealth, romance, royalty, and sophistication. Purple is often associated with being magical and mysterious. Purple was heavily used during the Victorian age due to its quiet elegance and formal look. Lighter purples convey femininity, splendor, and even romance! Light purples are great in children's bedroom!!
- White. Think purity and freshness.
- Black. Elegance, power, and strength.
- Brown. Comfort (earth), stability, and security!
As a designer, I have seen first hand what the wrong color can do to a room! If you choose the wrong color, then everything else that follows, will not work. Color is the building block of good design. If you're not sure about the color, consider hiring a designer. This way, you're guaranteed your design will work.