Wednesday, February 6, 2013

color psychology...

So the other day I wrote about red rooms for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday.  You can check out the post {here}.  Looking at all those red rooms made me wonder if I could actually be surrounded by such a strong color for a length of time.   Colors in a room can, in fact, impact your mood.  Whether the impact is positive or negative depends on the shade you choose and in which room you use the color.  Check out these rooms and let me know how you feel.

Dark blues and black can have a sedative effect on your mood.  Dark shades can make a space feel smaller and more intimate but can also invoke feelings of sadness and depression.

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Bold shades of red, yellow, and orange are very stimulating and can increase the energy level in a room.  Yellow is associated with happiness and sunshine and can spark creative and intellectual energy.    Red can increase your appetite.  These colors work best in dining areas, breakfast nooks, and sunrooms.  However, too much red or yellow can bring up feelings of frustration, irritation, or impatience.

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Taking it down a notch to a pink color can bring on more soothing, calming, or warm feelings.  

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Warm shades of green, and blue are the best choices to create a calm, soothing, and relaxing effect.  These colors are perfect for spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms because you want these spaces to feel tranquil and inviting.  

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Cream or white colors bring feelings of peace, purity, and comfort.  Along with tan shades, these colors are the most popular and versatile wall colors for a room.

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