Are you staying at home most of the time? Are things getting dull? How do you decorate your space to uplift your mood?
You can use colors to freshen up your space. Some may think that this will require a house to be repainted. But no. There are many ways to use colors to achieve the uplifting effect that you want. You can get a piece of wall art, replace your wall paper, color just one wall, get a rug, buy a colored sofa or simply change your blinds or bed sheet.
When choosing colors to decorate your home, it’s important to keep in mind the function. If the space is for lively activities, it would be good to consider brighter and bolder colors. In areas for relaxation, it is better to keep to cool tones.
Different people have different color preferences, because past experiences play a role in shaping how one feels towards certain colors.
This article will give you an insight into the effects of different colors and help you decide on a color that you’ll love.
Here are six colors we recommend:
Some people have second thoughts about decorating with red, because of its intensity. But just like the other colors, it’s all about balance. Using red sparingly will create a rewarding effect.
Red is bold, confident and dramatic, perfect for energetic homeowners! Red radiates love, warmth and comfort. It’s great for use in living spaces, and creates a welcoming feel. It gives the perception of warmth, especially during winter months.
Remember, red can be intense, so tone it down by introducing patterns, without losing its vibrancy. It’s an accent color that draws attention, so less is often more. Think about adding red in smaller details, rush as rugs, pillows, or paintings.
Pink is often thought of as feminine or girly, and is usually not the first choice when it comes to decorating. But you’d be surprised how finding the correct shade of pink can make a statement in the room.
Different tones of pink give off different feels. Pastel pink reflects warmth and sensitivity, and is pleasing to the eye. If you looking for a color to calm the nerves of children, pink may be a good choice for the room. The article, Color has a powerful effect on behaviour, mentioned that there was evidence to show that a pink room can calm and pacify children held under detention. This case study is simply mind-blowing. So give some thoughts to the color pink as one your color choices.
Pink in a more vibrant shade, like fuchsia, has an optimistic outlook and is fun and energetic. Softer tones of pink is ideal for a relaxation area, while bolder tones can be used to dramatize or show contrast.
Pink can make a place feel small, so it's best used in a space that gets plenty of light.
Yellow is associated with happiness and sunlight, and if you’re looking for a colour to brighten things up, yellow is for you.
It’s energetic, it lifts spirits, stimulates creativity, what’s not to like?
“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.” by Vincent Van Gogh
However, yellow can be overpowering, so use it sparingly. Yes, yellow is playful and cheery, but for its brightness, it draws notice as well. To avoid the room being too glaring, opt for a softer, pastel yellow. If painting the walls yellow is too much, highlights of yellow around the room will be just right.
The color of nature! Having varying shades of green in the house will definitely help you feel a connection to the outdoors.
It’s a fresh and subtle color, and, because it’s associated with nature, it’ll make you feel refreshed and tranquil. Studies have shown that it can improve reading ability too.
With all these benefits, it isn’t surprising that green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. An example is a “green room”, where people are asked to sit in before they go on stage or on television.
Go with a soothing shade of green. That’ll help with your concentration and relaxation.
Commonly, people like to decorate their homes with plants. Having greenery around the house sure is a soothing sight. Picture a vertical garden in the kitchen, or an indoor plant in the living area.
If you don’t have space for plants, some wall art with splashes of green will certainly brighten up the room!
Blue is the favorite color of many, and it’s also a stylish choice to decorate your house with. Blue is often being associated as the color of the sky and sea, hence, it is capable of triggering a sense of calmness and serenity.
Research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms, hence many offices decorate with blue. Wouldn’t it be great to give your study a peaceful feel, and still be effective and energetic in it?
Blue is easy to match with other colors, such as neutrals like cream and brown. It goes really well with hardwood floors too!
Be mindful when choosing the tone of blue. You don’t want to go for something too intense, or the color might evoke a sense of sadness and loneliness. Keep to warmer tones, and it can help to prevent the room from feeling cold.
Don’t underestimate white color. It is a timeless color. Decorating your house with white makes it feel clean, peaceful and pure. It’s simple and certainly freshens things up.
In fact, many interior designers often use the color white to make rooms seem larger and more spacious. It’s also great for evoking moods of quietness and concentration.
White is a favorable color for walls and furniture, but too much white can look boring or empty.
Keep the house stylish and modern without sacrificing its simplicity by varying the materials, furniture styles, textures, and of course, colors!
Wood accents go very well with white, and having plants against a white background gives off a calming energy. White is an easy color to work with as you can pair it with almost everything. Adding wall art will give the room pops of color, balancing out the plainness of white.
Tip: If you’re going for a modern and minimalist theme, try adding some black accents in a white room. The two contrasting colors will give a dramatic look.
So… What color should you choose?
The key is to decorate with a variety of colors! Too much of any color will result in dullness, no matter how exciting the color is.
Make use of contrasting colors to draw attention, and similar hues if you want something to be less eye-catching.
To bring in brighter colors without it feeling overwhelming, consider key accessories: wall art, pillows, area rugs, canvas prints…
These are very flexible ways to decorate as they can be switched around as your mood changes. Thinking of adding some color to your home? Put up an abstract painting! Want to add some accents to the white wall? Try some wall art with bits of gold foil in it. The possibilities are endless. It’s hassle-free and you don’t have to worry about painting your walls a new color, or replacing furniture because you want a different color.
When it comes to decorating with colors, it really comes down to three things: The function of the room, your personal preference, and flexibility of the decoration.
We summarized the above in a color chart. Take it along with you to guide you when deciding on the colors to decorate your house: