- Home Improvement
The Science of Colors - Master the Mood in Your Home
What's behind a Color and Why Do You Need to Know This?
For the longest time, I had opinions about how certain rooms should look and what's an acceptable color. The judgement has always come from a place of instinct and I never could properly put my finger on why I considered certain looks good while others failed miserably. What I knew was that I was right and people agreed with me and my comments about their house. Given this secret 'talent', I embarked on a journey of self-discovery (trust me; when your sister has appointed you as her main interior designer and adviser, you better know what you're doing) and have figured out the ground rules for painting your home in the right colours. Every room has its own function and augmented with the right color, you will not only have a well-designed home but one that also improves your life's quality.
Picking Color Based on Room Function - Guide for Building a Color Palette
This is a brilliant introduction to the topic, though considerably shortened. You also get the general philosophy as to how to best select colors. Hone your intuition.
Blue - Color of Calm and Tranquility
When blue doesn't bring the blues.
I have decided to start with the most commonly used colors in interior design (apart from white as it is not really viewed as a color any more) and the first stop is blue. Nature adores this color and you can observe it in its diverse shades everywhere. Because it's a frequently observed color, our eyes don't strain when they register it and can be used heavily in your home, if it's your favourite color. I have also discover blue works wonders for nerves and I recommend a deep, calming blue hue for your bedroom, if you suffer from nerves all too much. You'll sleep like a baby. Bathrooms also benefit from a blue treatment as we seek calmness and relaxation during a shower or private time.
However, too much blue may cause a serious case of the blues, so avoid deep blue for living rooms or kitchens. Choose lighter shades of blues (if you really, really want to tie your home together in one main color) and pair it with white or another (brighter) color to balance the rooms' energy and not only appeal the eye but keep your mind healthy and energy levels high.
Green - The Color of Healing and Rejuvenation
From Nature to Your Home
Nothing communicates nature and health better than green. As with blue, the general consensus is green does a lot to help you feel at ease. As we come from the jungle (evolutionary speaking), we're wired to love green and after a hard day at work, a green room will predispose you to rest properly and regain your vigor. Bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms serve as perfect hosts for calmer and deeper shades of green. My general advice - paint the room you will spend most time in green as to get as much as possible out of the healing properties.
Brighter, more vibrant green (especially when they mix with yellow) hues can go in the kitchen, office or dining room where you have to be on your toes and active throughout. If you want for your home to boast a one-color color palette, then green is your stop, because it comes in a variety of shades and plays well with other colors. Though, you should know how to properly accessorize and match with other shades.
Purple - Balance between Fire and Ice
For Unique Diversity
Purple has a unique effect on the human mind as it bridges between warmer and colder colors. We must remember purples comes from mixing red with blue, two very powerful colors with two very different effects on the human brain. The red in purple brings the passion and the drives within you, while the blue rests your mind. This combination ensures you can become incredibly productive in a room painted purple, hence why an office in purple might turn out to be the best possible choice for your home. Also, eggplant looks divine and professional at the same time for an office.
Lilac and lavender make wonderful hues for a child's playroom, because they are light enough to allow light and open a room and harness the benefits of both red and blue to best develop a child's mind through play. Plus, a purple playroom is quite adorable and easily recognised (apart form all the toys that is).
Books on Colors and Their Meaning
Red - Color of Life and Passion
Fuel Your Home with Fire
I've never considered red as a serious color for a home, because I have always considered it to be an alert. Red serves several signalling functions out in the street and has been used to convey the sense of urgency or danger, but that doesn't translate in interior design. Yes, red can be aggressive but at the same time red means passion and vibrancy. A red room can be a real showstopper. The challenge lies within figuring out which room should be. As red can overstimulate, you have to pace yourself with its use and choose shades, which are easy on the eye.
Red has been speculated to strengthen your appetite so an isolated dining room with red decorum can work well for your home. If your home has an open layout with more free space to connect the rooms on the first floor, then you should probably stick to a red accent wall at a strategic place to balance all the crazy energy, which is most likely to leak into your home. It's contagious.
Yellow - Color of Light and Brightness
Bring Home a Piece of the Sun
You want to charge your room with something else - a bit of an oomph to get your day started? The right colour for you is yellow. It's no wonder electricity and lightning are portrayed with yellow. What other color can carry such an intensity other than yellow? However, be sure to use it in moderation no matter what shade you have decided to use, because you may risk going haywire with two much of it. An accent wall suffices and best for rooms with less sunlight in general.
Some people may argue that pastel yellow and honey don't overpower and you can paint a whole room in those shades, but I still consider the color overpowering. Here you have to decide as to what best suits you. Are you a nervous person in general? For those nodding in appreciation, I have to say avoid too much yellow. To those shaking their heads a resounding no, then feel free to go ahead, but be sure to consult your families as well.
Orange - Color of Freshness and Energy
Get a Much Needed Rush in Your Home
Last but not least we have the orange color, which turns out to be a very specific case when dealing with your interior design. It stands between red and yellow - it's both very rich and hard not to notice while at the same time stimulating. This isn't really a color meant for a whole room, because it will swallow a person whole in its intensity. Overstimulation can lead to a lack of focus and anxiety, so it's not really a color that belongs in a study or a living room where mental activities can be practiced. However, orange can work in a room designed specifically for physical activities - such as a craft room or an exercise room with gym equipment. However, don't overdo it. One or two key walls are enough to get away with the nice boost in zest and energy rather.
Advice for After-the-fact
You will be surprised how many people pain their walls and leave the paint job to survive on its own. I will have to say that you are in need of some additional advice on maintaining your paint job fresh and new. What are my tips?
- Dust your wall as regularly as possible. You prevent thick layers of dust forming and discolouring the surface.
- Keep children away from painted surfaces. No explanation needed. Better repaint the house after the children grow up. They will have a chance to appreciate it better.
- Find a cleaning company, which cleans walls. I discovered this while living in London and had a very long (and ultimately worth it) visit by professional end of tenancy cleaning teams from Wembley and they showed me how simple sugar soap can do wonders with a dirty wall.
What about you and colors?
What Color Do You Prefer Most for Your Home?
I Researched from
- End of Tenancy Cleaning in Wembley HA0
The end of tenancy professional cleaners from Wembley are the ones that inspired me for the paint job maintenance. They can really do wonders and you should find a company with such standards.
- Colors That Affect Your Mood
A really fun article that goes around to summarise the effects and recommends uses.
- Carpet Cleaning Chelsea
So, I have this friend who works for a group of carpet cleaners in Chelsea. He specializes in preserving the colors of carpet through various techniques - he was really helpful while I conducted my research.