How should you decide on a color for your room? Ask yourself these questions:
~What is the main purpose of this room? Entertaining, family time, sleeping?
~What colors DON’T you like. Yes, you read that correctly. By eliminating the colors you don’t like, you will narrow down the color choices.
~Do you have an inspiration piece? Is there a rug or a piece of art that you will be using in this room? You can select colors from these pieces for your room color.
Color has the power to convey and communicate meanings and messages without words.
Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.
The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.
Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains often wear black. Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery.
White symbolizes innocence, wholeness, completion and purity. White is a neutral, it goes with everything. Brides wear white to symbolize purity. Doctors and nurses wear it to symbolize sterility.
The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.
The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing. Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.
Orange is the color of social communication and optimism. Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.
Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention-getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism. With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.
Green is currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. Green is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. Green is the color of balance and growth.
Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms. Blue is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity. While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing, blue food is rare in nature.
The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial. Purple is the color of the imagination. It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.
Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors. The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.
Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige ans sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.
Silver has a feminine energy, it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides. It is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious. Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant. Silver is a precious metal and often symbolizes riches and wealth.
Selecting the color for your room is a personal decision, and such an important one! Adding color can create a feeling or set the mood. DrapeStyle makes adding accent colors to your room easy. Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows are great ways to add color to any room. At DrapeStyle, you can order samples of any of our fabrics, and see how they look in your own home. Need a little advice? Contact us and we would be happy to help you. DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service, three years in a row. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.
For over a decade, everything at DrapeStyle has been custom made, on site, in the USA. Read why DrapeStyle’s manufacturing standards are some of the highest in the industry. With each member of our production team with over 25 years of experience, you will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, we think you’ll be pleased.