Decorators know the way we perceive color is very personal and emotionally charged. Colors can make us feel calm or energized, happy or sad, edgy or relaxed. They can affect the mood of a room as well, making it seem open and airy or small and cozy. The important part of choosing home color schemes is finding the colors and shades that are right for you and your family. Keep in mind that soft and earth-tone shades are beautiful neutrals of a more intense primary color. Here’s a quick guide of which moods different colors represent:
Black represents elegance, mystery and power. Those who like black are ambitious and sophisticated. Remember though, too much can be depressing.
Consider using black as an accent color to add drama to your room.
Green is the color of nature — calm and relaxing. It's often described as the color of joy, harmony, life, energy, the environment and money. Those who like green are said to believe in balance, stability and persistence.
Bring energy to a room by painting it a shade of lime green.
Purple stimulates imagination. It's the color of royalty, luxury and wealth. Those who like purple tend to be creative, wise and romantic.
Try painting walls a calming shade of lilac for a sense of relaxation and serenity.
White represents cleanliness and youth. It creates a cool and refreshing feeling. A warmer shade of white can help make a room feel cozier, while cooler whites tend to achieve a more formal feeling.
Blue is calming and cool. It's the most popular color because it symbolizes the sky and heaven. Because of its calming power, blue works well in a bedroom.
Brown represents earth, security and contentment. It gives a sense of simplicity and comfort.
Pink is part of the red color family, but much more delicate. Those who like pink are perceived to be feminine, romantic, innocent and tender hearted. Compared to red, pink is a more tranquilizing color, which can work well in a bedroom.
Yellow represents happiness, optimism, inspiration and summer. Pale yellow brings a sunny feel to a space without being overwhelming.
Red is among the most psychologically stimulating of colors. It is the color of confidence and creates excitement and energy. It brings to mind passion, energy and courage.
Silver represents money, prosperity and wealth. Accenting rooms with the color silver can create a feeling of ornate richness.
Orange is considered wholesome and fruitful. It symbolizes balance, warmth, enthusiasm, vibrancy, and demands attention. Orange stimulates the appetite and can add spice to a dining area.
Gray is a classic. Those who gravitate to it gray are intelligent and disciplined. It's elegant and works well with most colors. Warm gray paired with other warm colors create a lively and inviting space.