Colors have the power to change your mood and your outlook on life! Keep reading to find out how to color your home happy. Over the years researches have attempted to understand and harness the true power of color in the home and workplace. Their findings have filtered their way into everything from popular wall color to throw pillows and furniture.
Our world is about visual experiences. We see displays at department stores and are drawn to items. We even buy items simply out of impulse because we like the way they look!
We use color to elicit moods in all sorts of social situations. A red cocktail dress can mean excitement and fun. A black gown can be somber or elegant. A beige room with neutral accents can create peace and calm.
When it comes to our homes it's too easy to play it safe or worse yet too easy to pick the wrong color for the wrong mood.
First, when it comes to design avoid competing patterns or colors. If your happy color is on the walls then be sure your rugs and furniture are happily neutral. Pick one focal point and play the room around it.
The queen of mood-lifting paint colors of course starts with yellow. It's charming, fun, and oh-so welcoming. Soft yellows can still be classic and relaxing, perfect for traditional decor, all while adding a touch of whimsy to your room. A soft buttercream or daffodil color is a great accent color for kitchens and baths, where you want spaces to appear light, bright, and clean.
If you are wanting to be really, really happy then consider turning up the volume on your yellow and going canary. Pick one accent wall and then accessorize with modern, clean-lined accents. Not bold enough to paint the walls yellow? Then incorporate yellow accents (pillow, throws, frames, and vases) throughout the space.
Pink is another cheerful hue that can work well with youthful spaces. Soft, baby pinks are wonderful for nursery spaces. Bolder, more claret rose color tints can be used in living rooms and outdoor spaces. This color trend can be a beautiful accent for Moroccan designs. Match up your pink with crisp, white molding or a fantastic area rug of muted colors.
The third color for a happy room is apricot. This sun-drenched color is the tasteful way to use orange. Apricot has a delightful way of reminding homeowners of summer days and of beautiful sunrises, both happy occasions!
Yellow, rose, and apricot. What wonderful ways to bring happiness to your home!
by Carla Hill