What’s your favorite color? For me it’s impossible to choose just one. My favorites change with the day, week, season and mood. I do admire those who can narrow the choice to one color, be it a single accent to an other wise neutral room, or monochromatic hues from floor to ceiling. A solitary color can work wonders in defining a space, but how’s a person to choose just one?
By Mary Scopes via Flickr
I find color psychology and understanding peoples reactions to certain colors to be a fascinating topic. Red is recognized as having the most associations of emotion than any other color, and is one of the most commonly used colors in design. Red is associated with love, passion, enthusiasm and energy. I like how the red in the above photo definitely gives off an energetic vibe, but remains a relaxing space thanks to the use of white and rustic features.
Orange is a color I believe is is need of more love and attention. Perhaps its over use in 70′s era flower power decor leads people to shy away from orange, but as the picture above clearly demonstrates, the right shade of orange can be beautiful and refined. I particularly like Dwell Studio’s poppy stripe duvet cover against an orange accent wall. Orange is an unexpected choice for the bedroom, and I think it’s stunning!
Yellow is the most visible color to the human eye, and because of this is used to attract attention. Perhaps yellows attention grabbing power is the reason Dana of House Tweaking has taken the internet by storm with her gorgeous master bedroom. The pops of yellow make her room a cheery and welcoming space, and the best part is – both the headboard and barn door are handmade by Dana and her husband!
Painting cabinets a bright green color (like in the above photo) would be a great way to cover up dated wood tones and modernize your kitchen.
Purple was the first color I claimed as a favorite, but it fell out of my favor around my sixth birthday. I may consider returning to my childhood favorite after seeing this monochromatic purple room. The metallics alongside the plush materials create a grown up room with an upscale feel.
This beachy blue living space is my idea of perfect summer living. My favorite feature of the room is the oversized stripe rug!
Rounding out the color spectrum is indigo. Isaac Newton identified indigo as part of the color spectrum, but modern scientists typically dismiss indigo and classify color as either “blue” or “violet”. Who knew the world of color had such controversy? I discovered the gorgeous photo above over at Martha Stewart’s site, and was tempted to label the photo as blue. However, since Martha’s people claim it’s indigo I’ll agree with them and leave the scientists to do the debating!