Every day, we are faced with color choices. The first crucial decision of the day usually comes in the morning when deciding what to wear. Often times we will choose our clothes based on the color of the mood we are feeling or wish to portray that day. Even more important is the color selection for your homes. For every home makeover, color research and planning is a vital part of the design process because colors have deep subliminal meanings that affect our thoughts and senses. So then, before you even begin a design you must choose the appropriate colors that are effective in re-enforcing your brand, message and overall tone.
Ok, enough of the niceties. How many of us still remember our elementary color wheel?
In today’s post, we focus on the secondary colors; Orange, Green and Purple
Orange is a combination of Red and Yellow. It is also a bright and warm color. It represents fire, the sun, fun, warmth and tropical images. It is considered a fun light color that has appetizing qualities to it. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Not only in your interiors but any design relating to the tropics, something fun, easy going and youthful should incorporate some type of orange into the design.
Green is the color of nature and health. It represents growth, nature, money, fertility and safety. Green is a relaxing color that is easy on the eye and has a healing power to it. It is often used to represent anything having to do with health. Many pharmaceutical and nutritional companies use green in their logos and material to advertise safe natural products. Dark green is commonly associated with the military, money, finance, and banking. However it can also be associated with being new or inexperienced as being green or a “green horn”. Green is becoming a very popular color in home designs and guess what? My dining room is in green.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Throughout history purple has been associated with royalty, nobility and prestige. It symbolizes mystery, magic, power and luxury. Purple is often used to portray rich powerful kings, leaders, wizards and magicians. Purple combined with gold can be flashy and portray wealth and extravagance. Light purple and pink is good for a feminine design and is a popular color among teenage girls. Bright purple along with yellow is commonly used in promoting children’s products. It gives the appearance of something that is fun and easy to do. So when next you think of remodeling your daughter’s room, think Purple!
I do hope you are able to understand a little bit about colors……..We’ll look at other colors in another post. Until then, stay tuned!
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