Adding color to an existing décor scheme or changing it completely can be a daunting undertaking. Before you get into buying furniture, paint or even changing a simple slipcover, let’s discuss how the different colors in the spectrum affect you then you’ll be in a better position to choose where to add them to your décor.Colors range from light to dark. If you look at a spread spectrum or even a picture of a rainbow you will see a variety of colors moving from light to dark. So let’s start out with our primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue: Red instantly attracts and makes people excited. It can have a tendency to raise the heart beat. Red is a color of assertion, strength, romance, excitement, vitality, physical power, and outgoing ambitious behavior. Red is also a known appetite stimulant, which is why many restaurants use it in their color schemes.
Yellow is associated with sunshine and it represents light. Yellow just happens to be the lightest color in the spectrum and almost always accompanies a positive mood. Yellow creates a feeling of hope, happiness, and wisdom. A light yellow evokes an optimistic sense of well being and natural light. It’s airy, radiant and atmospheric. Yellow gives the feeling that all is okay with the world. Yellow expands, warms, and brightens north-facing rooms. A dull dark or muddy yellow, however, has the opposite effect.
The last primary color is blue. This color has a feeling of cool expansiveness and openness. The sight of blue stimulates thoughts of sea and sky. Blue is soft, soothing, compassionate and caring. It’s also an introspective color. Blue is often used in bedrooms and spas.These three primary colors are individually strong. They contain traits that are significant. What then, happens when we start to mix them together?
Let’s mix the excitement of red and the calmness of blue. This gives us purple. Pale shades of purple are restful and serene. The darker shades, however, make it difficult to focus. If you find the right balance with lavender, you can explore things like creativity and wit.
Orange combines the happiness of yellow and the energy or red. It can be associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, creativity, determination, success, and stimulation. Like red it is also an appetite stimulant.Now we’ll mix blue and yellow. Green has both a warming and cooling effect. That’s why it’s the color of harmony and security. Green is also strongly associated with nature and a feeling of inner peace. Greens are particularly restful.
Now that you know how the colors affect you, you can start to add them to your room. Did you know that you don’t have to buy buckets of paint, brushes, and painter’s tape to simply change the color scheme of a room? It’s pretty simple actually. Let’s step outside of the box for a moment. If we’re not going to change the color scheme by painting then how do we do it? Using simple small changes in the decor.
You can start by getting a slipcover for your chairs or couch. Maybe change the drapes or curtains in the chosen room. Remember to “tie” it all together with throw pillows and add an accent piece like a vase, candle holder, or wall art.
Trying out colors like this gives you a chance to live with the color to see if you can really enjoy living with them. If you do then you might explore re-decorating an entire room.After you have made your color decisions, finding accessories to complete the project can be as easy as…