has a profound effect on our mood. In clothing, interiors, landscape and
even natural light, a color can change mood from sad to happy, from
anxiety to relaxation, from fear to confidence. Some colors make you want
to get out of your chair, others make you want to nestle down and read.
Some colors are articulate and must be listened to. Others are very quiet.
Some colors indicate that you have traveled or are well-read. Yet others
create a desire for closeness, intimacy and love.
awareness of the emotions generated by different colors is helpful in
planning personal palettes, but it must be understood that this
information is not absolute. The effects of color on mood will vary from
individual to individual. Color trends will come and go, but a
personal color scheme, reflecting the individuality of the person living there, will
remain satisfying for years to come. The people who live in a home make it
beautiful by choosing color that reflects their likes and their
Mood from A Single Color
Red is the most dramatic, emotional and active of the three primaries. It
is an especially versatile color in its effects, enlivening interior
spaces by creating excitement, warmth and elegance. The use of red
suggests a bold and confident attitude. It is used in those areas where
some excitement is needed. It is less often used in sleeping area
because of its energizing quality. The complement of red is green.
BLUE: Blue is a color
universally equated with the beauty.
Blue is timeless, linking the present with tradition and
lasting values. It is the most versatile in expressive values.
Psychologically, blue is associated with tranquility and contentment.
In interior design, softer and lighter blues are generally preferred for
the larger areas.
YELLOW: It is a powerful
color, both light in value and extremely intense in its purest
form. It evokes a sense of energy and excitement. Yellow is
a perennial favorite in interior design, combining with greens to provide
the natural freshness and with red for gaiety and richness.
Green is the most common choice of the designers. It is often used as a
dominant room color. Green goes with every other color and makes it a natural
neutral. It represents the greenery of the nature and thus provides
the room with liveliness.
It seems to be a color of emotional contrasts. Its paler tints are
unabashedly romantic, fragile and quiet feminine. It enjoyed
popularity in the Victorian era and now, as pure colors emerge again,
beautiful violet is again in vogue.
It is amazingly versatile, capable of emitting great energy in its
purest form and as an earth tone; it evokes warmth, comfort, and
reassurance. Nowadays, lighter orange is popularly known as peach.
are simply lighter tints of any hue. White added to red yields pink, and
light pink is a pastel. There is not any particular definition for a
pastel color but when colors become so light that they almost seem to be
white, they are pastels. The pastels are becoming more and more popular as
they create the most sober and elegant look.
From Color Groups
AND WARM COLORS: Yellows, oranges, and reds are warm
colors. The hues opposite
them on the color wheel greens, blues and purples are cool colors.
Consider the temperature of a color if you want to warm up a room
on the shady side of the house or cool off a room with a southern
AND DARK COLORS: Light
colors such as white and yellow are airy, expansive and cheerful.
Use them in small, dark areas that you want to appear larger and
brighter. Dark colors such as navy blue or brown can create cozy,
sophisticated feeling in oversized rooms.
colors create a sense of peace and well-being. They foster quiet
conversation with family and friends and can dispel loneliness.
Colors that impart a sense of warmth and serenity come directly
from the earth. Other colors in the neutral group are colors associated
with sea such as sand, shell, coral, pearl, stone, seaweed. GREEN is a
color, which helps us to adjust to new environments and situations. It
will always be found among the ‘nurturing neutrals’. The BLUES
represented here will range from winter sky to stream to midnight. The
neutrals are somewhat like the furniture while other palettes are more
like accents or accessories.
These are the sharp, witty and unique colors, which convey a
message that the owner has traveled, is well read and has something
to say. These colors will command respect without being
overbearing. This palette also starts with an earthy, warm base. Grey is a
color, which promotes creativity and will often be found in foundation of
an intellectual palette. These greys will be warm and gentle. Some tones
of blue suggest communication and trust, so it will naturally be found in
the intellectual palette. Navy blues will often find their way in this
palette, but its effect is warm and never cold and fragile. Red also
appears in this intellectual palette, but the shades will be earthy and
complicated burgundy, cranberry.
COLORS: These colors are exiting and used for a fun
providing environment These playful , whimsical palettes create their own
kind of music, like the sounds of children playing. There are highs and
lows, lights and darks and always movement and activity. Used in active
spaces within the home, a ‘playful’ palette can add energy and
vitality. If overdone, this type of palette can become irritating and
stressful. The foundation of this palette is WHITE. This could be anywhere
from vanilla ice cream to snow drift to winter moon. Then comes the bubble
gum pink, buttercup, wintergreen, all the berry colors and crayon colors.
Many of these colors will be cool, and even in lighter tones there will be
brightness and clarity. The bottom line in creating this type of palette
is that the colors should suggest a sense of freedom, play, and fun.
COLORS: This palette includes the colors,
very refreshing and rejuvenating. Like nurturing colors, ‘healing colors’
also begin by getting in touch with nature. The first group of colors
considered in this palette is GREEN. Because they have the power to help
us adjust to new environments, skillful designers use lots of plants and
other forms of green. Healing greens may be warm or cool, but not muddy or
mysterious like those in the intellectual palette. Healing palettes also
take inspirations from warm earth tones. These palettes usually contain
contrast as well as clarity of color that is inspiring. They will include
a range of lights and darks but will never be muddy.
Many species, including human attempt to attract the opposite
sex with colors. RED is the color of sex and lust and is often called the
most romantic of colors. It is no accident that red is the chosen symbolic
color for the Valentine’s Day. In interior design, however, a less
intense, softer tone of red is far more conducive to romance than the
pure hue. PINK has an interesting quality that seems to
halt the body’s ability to stay angry. PURPLE is another color, which is
definitively romantic because of its passionate, unpredictable, and
quixotic characteristics. Paler, less intense tones of ORANGE such as
apricot and peach are often included in the romantic palette, suggesting
purity and innocence. BLUES in the romantic palette will be cool and
inspired by water.