“What’s your favorite color?” It’s the question we’ve all been asked dozens of times. From the playground in elementary school to the bar on an awkward first date, classifying favorite colors has long been a way to break the ice. Seemingly arbitrary, our favorite colors can actually serve as the keys to unlock our deepest senses of self. By surrounding yourself with colors that speak to your personality, you’ll be more productive, more at peace, and more “you”!
If you’ve ever stood at your local hardware store mesmerized by the endless selection of paint samples, you won’t be surprised to learn that certain colors evoke certain moods. And while these moods can vary by individual, there is an overarching theory as to how certain colors affect certain personality types. Additionally, there are theories surrounding the use of color in certain environments in the home – dining space, sleeping space, working space, etc. By understanding how certain colors in certain settings appeal to your personality, you can use color in the most effective way possible – to create a serene space to relax in, a stimulating space to work in, and an appetizing space to dine in.
When choosing color palettes for interior design, be sure to consider the following effects that color may have on your mood:
White: While to some people the color white can have a positive and soothing effect, it can also lead to a lack of stimulation. Traditionally, white has been considered an uninspiring color but when offset with colorful accents, it can be quite striking. White should be used in warm climates to create cooler temperatures and a crisp finish. Try it in a bedroom for the most powerful effect.
Brown: Brown tends to be associated with thoughts of family, friends, and loved ones. It also creates a warm atmosphere appropriate for family rooms and common areas.
Yellow: This high-energy hue has long been associated with happiness and livelihood. However, long term exposure to deeply saturated yellows can cause hunger and irritation. Yellow, especially bright yellow, is best used as an accent color in all areas of the home. Additionally, yellow has been known to spark creativity – use it in as an accent in a home office or studio.
Blue: This oceanic color evokes serene emotions and creates a calming effect. Shades of blue are commonly found in bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces used for relaxation. This hue has also been said to calm cravings and suppress appetite – depending on your needs, steer clear of cerulean, navy, and powder blues in the kitchen.
Red: A color of passion, red evokes emotions of love, heat, and danger. This hot hue grabs your attention and does not let go. In addition, red stimulates appetite and speeds metabolism. Use it in the kitchen or dining room to promote healthy appetites or in the bedroom to spark sensuality.