Typically, I prefer neutral colors but lately I’ve been inspired by color. Maybe it’s the promise of warmer temperatures or the feelings color evokes? Whatever the reason, I’m incorporating more of it in my designs and wardrobe. Color is a powerful influence in our lives and we are psychologically and physically influenced by it. Not only has it been found to have connections to health and mood, it also communicates meaning. Color is used to attract attention, convey meaning and generally enhance the aesthetics of your home.
Color theory is a tool in a designer’s toolbox that reinforces the meaning a design aims to convey. While some color symbolism exists, not everyone sees each color the same way. Culturally, we have assigned meaning to certain colors such as red signifies danger, white to purity, yellow to caution, etc. Warm colors – yellow, orange and red are associated with fire and radiate warmth, passion and energy. Cool colors – blue, green and grey and are associated with calm, harmony and nurturing. A well-balanced room will have a combination of both cool and warm tones, but not necessarily in equal. The secret is to find a color palette that feels most like you.
You don’t have to go crazy. Sometimes just an accent color incorporated in a neutral color palette is all you need.