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Color Theory

Choosing the right colors for your home is as much a matter of psychology as it is a matter of personal taste. Color has a impact on our mood, our energy level, and even our appetite. Many years of research have shown that certain colors elicit specific human responses. To assist in your selection of color, we'll provide you with a brief description of "warm" colors and "cool" colors, and the human responses they bring about.

Warm Colors
Reds, yellows, and oranges are considered "warm" colors due to their association with images of heat, such as fire and sunshine. As a result they tend to have a warming feel on our psyche.

Red creates excitement, and raises a persons blood pressure and heart rate. Red produces feelings of intimacy, passion and sexuality. It also has a stimulating effect on appetite. Red is often used in restaurants and is an excellent choice for dining rooms and other eating areas.

Yellow is an attention getter and draws the eye like no other color. In poorly lit foyers and hallways, yellow shows the way with its ability to absorb and distribute light. Subtle yellows in bedrooms, family rooms, and living rooms could be used to lift one's mood. However, bright yellow can be much too strong and may actually cause anxiety in young children and the elderly.

Orange warms a room but in a less dramatic way than red. The mood and attitude of orange is friendly, welcoming and seductive. Orange works well in living rooms and family rooms and is also a good choice for children's bedrooms.

Cool Colors
Blues, greens, violets/purples are considered cool colors because of their references to ocean vistas and vast landscapes. These colors elicit feelings of peace, tranquility and relaxation.

The soothing color of blue is an ideal choice for bedrooms. However, that same blue that relaxes us to sleep also suppresses our appetites. Use blue in the bedroom, but try and keep it out of the dining room and other eating areas.

As the dominant color in nature, we are at home with green anywhere in the house. Light greens work well in baths and living rooms; mid-range greens are a great accent for kitchens and dining rooms. The calming effect of green makes it popular in hospitals, schools and work environments.

Despite the favorable response violet elicits in children, many adults dislike purples, and favor rosier shades of violet. Children's bedrooms and play areas may be good places to experiment with this color family.

Color is just one of a number of factors that plays a psychological effect on your environment. Lighting, layout, furnishing, adornments, etc., all play a major role in how we feel in our homes. So pay close attention to your environment and take note how you feel in certain settings. With some keen observation, some careful planning, and your new understanding of color, your home can be the ultimate living space.

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