When we first set out to decorate our homes, we tend to gravitate to those things that make us happy; sometimes we go towards those things that are unique, coupled with things we already own, or inherited, and build from there. We focus a lot on personal style and what that means to you, but what we haven’t explored is what it actually says. The choices we make in the color and décor of our interior design have a direct effect on our emotions and how others perceive us. No one says you should decorate to make other people happy, but keeping some of that in consideration will make others not only enjoy being in your home, they will also want to come back.
You may have heard of “color psychology”. Marketing companies have used this tactic for years. There are certain colors that evoke various emotions, and the way you use these will determine how others feel in your space too. As you create your personal style, make sure the colors fit with the ‘theme’ you envision for your space.
According to Freshome.com, these colors produce these specific emotions and work best in the noted spaces:
Red: Symbolizes power and passion. It can be used to warm up spaces and make them feel more intimate.
Orange: Offers a jolt of energy and innovation. It’s best used as an accent because too much can leave people feeling overwhelmed.
Yellow: Associated with happiness, creation, and creativity. It works well in combination with a calming neutral and in rooms with lots of natural light to create a peaceful environment.
Green: Known for its soothing qualities. Green is the perfect choice for a foyer or entryway because it eases the transition from the outdoors.
Blue: Perpetuates feelings of calm and freshness. It’s a good fit for high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Purple: Connotes royalty and luxury. Purple is a great choice for formal living rooms or master bedrooms because it adds an air of lush sophistication.
Gray: Gives a sense of relaxation and serenity. Use gray in spaces like home offices or bathrooms.
Brown: Like green, brown’s natural roots give it a relaxing touch. Choose it for rooms where the family gathers and furniture groupings that will incite conversation.
Black: An assertion of power. Use black for statement pieces that you want to draw the eye.
White: Relates a sense of cleanliness and purity. It is great for defining a space, but use white in conjunction with other colors since too much reads as sterile. (source: freshome.com)
Before you decide on colors, it’s time to pick flooring! Contact us to help marry these two together for you to help you create the home of your dreams!