The Color of Emotion
Ever walk into a space and immediately fall in love with it? Undoubtedly one of the many things you were connecting to was the color. Color plays an extremely important role in how we connect with a space.
Adding or changing the color of a space really can make all the difference when it comes to your design.
So it’s worth paying attention to.
When it comes to color, we know this tip is pretty common. Everyone says it, because well, it’s true!
The cost of changing the color of a space with paint in comparison with it’s impact can’t be beat. Check out this before and after pic below.
After: Same Room, Same furniture, even some of the same decor. Paint made a huge difference in this space!
However, before you pick up your paintbrush, there are some things to consider. First, think about how you want to feel in the space and what it will be used for. This will really help you narrow down the color palettes you’ll want to consider. You wouldn’t want to paint a baby’s room bright orange nor would you want to use soothing calm tones in a place where you plan to do lively activities!
What do you do in the space? Sleep? Read? Relax? Workout? Have good conversation?
How do you want to feel when you’re in it? Excited? Creative? Peaceful? Calm?
Let your answers guide you.
Keep this in mind…
Without going into too much detail, there are proven psychological factors that play a role in the connection between color and emotion. When decorating, using color is one of the most crucial factors in how a room “feels” when you’re in it.
There are also societal and cultural norms that play a role in how color is perceived. What red represents in Western Culture means something completely different in the Middle East. In American Interior Design, the following colors generally convey these emotions:
**It’s also important to note that when painting a space, you don’t need to paint the entire room or even the entire wall in order to impact the space with color.**
Blue has been linked to strength, calm, decisiveness, steadiness, balance and perseverance.
Green is known for being connected to nature, tranquility, peace, and sustenance
The rich tones of purple promote royalty, luxury, power, and ambition. It is also encourages restful sleep.
Red often is connected with intense emotions such as rage and anger, but it can also be used to show love and passion.
Yellow often means happiness, optimism, and positivity.
Orange is connected to creativity, learning, and prosperity.
Resonate with restfulness, coziness, relaxation
Often indicate sophistication and elegance
Remember, lighter colors will make a room feel larger and dark colors will make a room feel smaller. If you want a large space to feel more intimate, consider using rich deep colors, and if you want a small space to feel larger, consider lightening it up with a light and airy color.
Whether you’re a homeowner or an aspiring designer, using colors strategically is useful to have in your design arsenal and definitely worth your consideration before your next project!