The color for your home

Color Your Home


Orange is a very hot and volatile color, which evokes vastly different responses around the world. In the Netherlands. Orange summons a national pride; in Asia it is a holy color used only for Buddhist monks robes; and in the US our immediate reaction is Halloween! Only recently has this brighter, more spectral aspect of the Orange family been more openly received in America. Previously only Spice tones of Cinnabar, Allspice, Paprika and Terracotta were marketable consumer colors.

Fortunately, the influx of bright acidic tones of lime green and lemon yellow in apparel, recreational gear, autos and electronics naturally brought along Tangerine; and Orange then was accepted more readily. Variations of Orange have become hot colors! It is the feature color for advertising, when the statement being made is “New”. It is used in communications and graphics for manufacturer wanting to convey “hip and cool” products. Orange perfectly targeted Gen Xers and even younger, who had never seen the color on products before. It was a color they could adopt as their own. Orange arrived!

However, in home furnishings, the use of the Orange family as accents is widely favored; yet the richer more sophisticated reddened oranges of Cinnabar or the yellowed oranges like Allspice or Terracotta are much more livable and are used more frequently. These more muted tones work well with traditional country, ethnic and hearth-based designs. Deep, yet clear tones work with the more exotic design colorations and the influences of the Orient. This deepened range of color has been widely accepted. Orange tones are warm, comfortable, cozy, active, expansive and jovial. Orange is a vibrant color linked to health and vitality. It has developed from the fire of red towards a more earthy tone. Also associated with enthusiasm and optimism, it is a good welcoming color for hallways, but because it is rather flamboyant, you do have to feel that it suits you or it can be rather overwhelming. Ideal for north-facing rooms which need warming up, It is also a great choice for places where conversation needs to be stimulated. In softer colorations of Cora, Salmon, Clay and Peach, it can be quite soothing and sociable.

As demographics have evolved in the US and the greater visibility of other cultures has emerged. Americans find themselves more open to some of the Orange hues that are readily accepted in other part of the world. You need to know the cultural affects on the colors you use , before you use them.

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Impact of Colors

Decorating With Colors

“Color belongs to our being: maybe each one of us has his own”. Le Corbusier

Color is a universal language, it stimulates the emotions, shapes, cultures and forms the background of our world. Everybody’s life is enriched by color, which both energizes and lifts the spirit. Color can be a tremendous enhancement when you love it, or cause a real depletion in energy if you don’t.

The rights colors are silent music; the wrong colors irritate and disturb. Louis Cheskin

Explore the impact color has on our living spaces and how we respond to its presence. Consider how color and texture in the natural world can act as your guide. Color can be vibrant and arresting, or calm and soothing, we are all born with our personal response to color. If a color bugs you, get rid of it. Color is powerful and personal, each one has its own unique color palette.

The way we see color can be very different from the next person, and what one person may consider to be bright and colorful, another may consider garish.

Each basic color includes a wide spectrum of tones and hues.

Stay within the palette you are attracted to, and your color choices will create an atmosphere you will enjoy every day.

Color can nurture your soul as food nourishes your body. Determine what colors are your favorites. You don’t have to soak the walls in lurid planes of saturated shades to achieve a sense of color. Choose items in your colors, such as fabrics, vases, dishes, throws, lamps, and flowers, and place them where they can feed you with glance. Small details will punctuate the space with a sure touch.

Be guided by what you love, and enjoy the result. Be acutely aware of color, intoxicated by the colors in nature and the impact they had on the environment.

Choosing colors for your home can be an exciting journey of discovery.

Color creates mood

Color has a powerful psychological impact and can influence our state of mind. Some colors are regarded as healing, making us feel happy and well, while others have a negative impact, inducing melancholy.

Many of these emotional responses to color have become expressions in everyday speech. We refer to black moods, to feeling ÓblueÓ and “seeing red.

For instance, the use of flowers in the home illustrates the mood-enhancing powers of color. Yellow flowers will create a bright and happy ambience, while white or green arrangements create a feeling of calm and serenity.

Top Colors

  • Yellow is the happiest color of the spectrum. On the color wheel, the opposite of yellow is violet, and mixing yellow with purple or blue works well .
  • Orange is an exhibitionist, the hottest color in the spectrum, it can be an intense and challenging color to work with, but the results can bring a carnival. Mixing bright orange with vivid reds and yellows, or rich burgundy and plum works well. Orange and purple are a vivacious team.
  • Bright pink is a positive, happy color, is a saturated hue with purple and red in its color makeup. It’s fun and frivolous.
  • Blue is the ultimate cool color. Sky blue , shades of dove gray and fawn, and pure white create a peaceful retreat to soothe the soul, sending a message of calm and serenityAzure blue can be bright and vibrant as well as creating a feeling of calm.Pale shades of blue against white, brown and quiet gray are gentle colors to work with in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms. Their quiet subtlety quite simply enables you to relax.
  • Lilac: it works best placed against white rather than dark wood. Look for heavy pottery, solids rather than patterns, especially floral .
  • Lavender: tones of shell pin are especially pleasing in bedrooms and bathrooms if you want to create a clean, calm atmosphere.All shades of lavender and mauve look wonderfully elegant partnered with silver groups and gray-greens
  • Green, deeply relaxing, is a central color in decorating, connected with nature and the sea, it may be one of the reasons people find it so easy to live with. Bathing room in plain green, using shade of apple, pea, and euphorbia, strong and subtle at the same time, always warms the walls and lifts the spirits. Relaxing and eating will seem the most natural thing to do surrounded by such a reassuring range of colors. Works with plain wooden or painted furniture rather than elaborately upholstered or decorated pieces.
  • White: combinations of white on white are always clean and refreshing( gray-white, bone-white, dirty white).White is always pure and appealing, a good way of neutralizing crowded thoughts and busy decoration .
  • Cream means white with a hint of yellow. It is a soothing and result on the eye, but also elegant. Shades described as ivory, oyster, magnolia, shell, and vanilla all sit within the color band..
  • Red is active more than passive, stimulating rather relaxing. Color of flame and passion, color of energy, spirit, power, vigor, love sexuality, and danger. It suggests both love and hate.Rich red is opulent and substantial, imposing and seductive. Use it with confidence on a grand scale or as obvious highlight for glamour and gloss.<cite>Red for drama, purple for passion, rose for emotion</cite>
  • Rust symbolizes the glorious display of fall colors when shades of rust prevail. Mixing rust with burgundy, brown, plum, and deep reds, while paler shades mix with light yellow.
  • Plum is a sophisticated color. As a close relation to black, plum is a receding color that absorbs light. To make plum look grand in a formal Victorian manner, mix it with grey. By contrast acid lime-green makes plum look fresh and modern. Plum by itself is quite moody- even a touch of melancholic .
  • Burgundy is a rich and sophisticated color.
  • Silver has been a key color on the fashion and design circuits since the year 2000

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