Moods of color

A successful color scheme is a scheme that is pleasant to live with and reflects the moods and personalities of the people living in it.

Color in our environment can affect our psychological well-being. The individual is affected by color depending on their experiences, memory and intelligence. In General, we perceive the moods of color in similar ways. However, where regional differences occur, they often relate to the Psychology and history of the specific cultural background, such as in India and China, where white, not black is the color commonly associated with death.

Creating living areas that allow us to rest and relax are just as important as creating other places that invigorate or stimulate us. Light and color affect our senses.

Bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens all serve different needs. Colors can be used to stimulate our senses for relaxing, entertaining and eating.

Color is not only the quickest and most cost effective way to freshen a room, it also influences our moods. There are times when we prefer to "see the world through rose colored glasses". Color in our home can help us do this.

The language of color describes our moods and feelings and evokes our emotions. It can describe our sense of well being when we are "in the pink" or express our feelings of depression when we have got "the blues". And identify us as "Red with embarrassment" and "Green with envy".

The main six pure colors are also recognized as being warm or cool. These are explored below under the categories of Warm Colors and Cool Colors.

The mood of these pure colors can be modified by changing the tone of the color, and just as we can modify the feeling in rooms, we can "Lighten up" ourselves to help us out of our own "Dark or Black moods".

Red - the hot blood color is associated with passion, danger, sexuality and energy. As a pure color, red is very intense in its saturated form and difficult to work with. Its derivative forms such as burnt reds, pink shades and burgundies are often used in restaurants to stimulate appetite. It is a color suitable for dining areas at home.

Orange - the color of warmth is used in bright and cheery areas such as living rooms and family rooms. Too intense in its pure state, its derivatives - tans, terracottas and apricots - are more popular.

Yellow - the color of the Sun - is the brightest color at maximum saturation, appearing brighter even than white. As such, it is used as a warning signal on safety equipment and our roads. In large offices and buildings its derivatives are used in dark corridors and foyers to lift spirits and stimulate activity. It its pure form this bright color can be helpful in bedrooms for people with impaired eyesight.

Blue - the color of the sea and sky. Blues are a color rarely found in food and a color that suppresses the appetite. It is the cool color of peace, serenity and tranquility, its calming influence well suited to bedrooms.

Violet - the color of extravagance and royalty. In its strong form as purple it is a dramatic and sensually overpowering color. A blend of hot red and cool blue, it sits between these two extremes of the spectrum. In its derivative forms, rosy violets and mauves, it is effectively used in formal areas.

Green - the color of vegetation. Lush jungles and sprawling parklands flood us with the different hues and shades of the greens. This cool color of nature is used widely in hospitals, schools and prisons in its muted forms because of its calming effect. In the home it makes a good accent color in our kitchens where our food preparations take place.

As we progress through life - our lifestyle choices continually develop and change.

Color choice and interior decor are influenced by our lifestyle.

Young couples' lifestyles change dramatically when families are started. An elegant, sophisticated room - where dinner parties and formal entertainment once took place - becomes a liability in a house full of young children. Seductive and sexy schemes do not go well with the vibrant and earthy needs of this young family. An opulently decorated formal dining room style soon gives way to a room dominated by a television and children's toys. Living areas for teenagers and young adults also require different thinking, as do those for the elderly and more mature. Ensure your new color scheme is in keeping with your current lifestyle.

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