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You built your dream home and try to decorate it or you are redecorating your existing home. Choosing a color scheme suitable for your home is very important not only from esthetics perspective but also from overall wellness perspective. Colors have a dramatic impact on our lives. They influence our feelings along with our physical and emotional health.
Here is how colors are perceived, suggest and influence our lives:
White suggests purity, innocence, youth, cleanliness, and naiveté. It has a bleak, sterile personality. White is a great color for trim, borders and ceilings, but unless you’re looking for an unadorned, hygienic look, it’s best not to use it on walls. If you do, break it up with a more vibrant of relaxing color, like those in the red or green spectrums.
Red is energetic, bold, aggressive, forceful, extreme and impulsive. Red suggests passion, love, sensuousness, danger, vitality, physical strength, self confidence, courage, danger and rejuvenation. It stimulates the appetite, attracts attention, creates excitement, raises blood pressure and takes control of a room.
Blue is soothing, dependable, and refreshes the soul. It is a symbol of trust and longevity. Blue is calming, relaxing, refreshing and appetite represant. It makes a room look bigger than it is and is often used in bedrooms and bathrooms. Blue gives you the total opposite mood of red.
Green is the color of life and growth, and a symbol of fertility. It conveys tranquility, good luck, health. Green offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony. Relaxes mentally and physically, helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety. Green is considered to be the color of luck and makes a small room appear bigger.
Yellow inspires warmth and wisdom, while lifting our spirit. It conveys youth, joy and imagination. Yellow represents a welcoming happiness, sunshine, and energizing mood. It creates feelings of optimism, cheerfulness and brightness while stimulating memory and mental clarity. It is best used in rooms that do not get adequate sunlight.
Orange gives a sense of order and equality without control or power. It exudes warmth, acts as an appetite stimulant and spreads exuberance. Orange is bold while decreasing hostility and irritability. It gives an emotional uplift, relieves depression and promotes intestinal and respiratory health. Orange is associated with thirst, refreshment and energy.
Brown signifies the Earth, humility, stability and dependability. It brings warmth, comfort and harmony into your home. Brown is discrete, conventional and sophisticated. It relaxes, creates the feeling of intimacy, alleviates insecurity, and gives the feeling of stability. It is associated with comfort, nurturing and fertility. It spreads calm and serenity and is good for those who suffer from anxiety or nervousness.
Purple represents luxury, sophistication, and elegance. It fosters wisdom, reverence, love, inspiration, and spirituality, while giving a sense of quietness and solitude, restfulness, serenity, satisfaction and calmness. It suppresses the appetite and adds romance, imagination, and magic to any room. In moderation promotes creativity, otherwise it might lead to depression and moodiness. Purple is often used in bedroom or art studios. Purple also helps in making small room appear larger.
Other things to consider:
- Soft blues or greens are meant to treat angry and frustrated people
- Yellow, orange and gold calms down anxious people
- Pink, baby blue, peach and any pastel color have a calming effect
- Red has the reputation of promoting mental activities
- Green and blue help develop, nurture and apply new ideas
- Bright red and orange cheers up and help depressed people
- People who like blue are inclined to be conservative, introspective, deliberate, and sensitive to themselves and others
- Brightly colored rooms promote an increase in I.Q., as opposed to ugly rooms.