To increase goodwill as well as improve productivity, more and more “psychology-friendly” corporations are hiring Color Consultants to determine the most effective environment for their employees.
Psychological research supports the premise that color affects the body in different ways. The following are some body changes that take place around color:
At home, color and its placement also play a role in optimum home function. For example, a vibrant yellow or red bedroom will ensure a “less than perfect” night’s sleep.
Down time is more easily managed when you’re surrounded by the either the cool or neutral side of the palette, such as blue, lavender or taupe. On the other hand, while a blue dining room may look elegant, the blue walls will suppress the appetites of your family and guests. The room will not feel comfortable or intimate. Something on the warm side of the palette would be a better choice – maybe a rich red or deep gold.
In general, quiet tones are best for a living room, a soft green or lavender would work well as they are comforting hues, conducive to contemplation and relaxation. I always suggest a foyer, or entrance be a warm, welcoming color. The first impression of your home should make your guests feel comfortable…and your comfort will follow.
Remember that too much of one color becomes tedious. It is the interaction of colors with each other that creates a satisfying mood in your environment. With so much open-concept building now it’s often a challenge for the homeowner to consider using more than one color throughout. Be brave, inject color by painting one or two accent walls.
Or you can paint a stairwell in contrast to the rest of the interior. Don’t overlook powder rooms and bathrooms as a place to really make a statement with the colors you love.
Colors that might be too intense to use in a large room. Even a small powder room can create quite an impact….for yourself and your guests!
The rules in color psychology are general, as everyone experiences color in a completely personal way. Much in the same way smells can trigger a memory from our past…so can color!
People are drawn to a particular color because they want (or need) it in their surroundings. It is actually a subtle form of therapy. Therefore, it’s important that family members have input to the palette chosen for the home. Try to accommodate each members’ choices, even if it’s just in their private space.
A survey to determine the favorite colors of (adult) Canadians showed the following results:
In the case if children, however, it was discovered that children under the age of eight are attracted to warm colors (first red, then yellow, then white). Children over eight preferred the blues and greens their parents favored.
The recent trend (throughout the 1990’s) for a very neutral environment in terms of color is now having a kickback effect. Although the neutral palette has a strong appeal to the intellect (colors such as stone, biscuit, vanilla, taupe and grey) they do not benefit the heart. By that, I mean they do not give back to us emotionally. Over time, this is wearing.
We need to feel our home (in particular) is OURS. Although austere elegance can look great in theory. In practice we need to express our humanness, the very essence of our individuality.