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Color is a powerful tool for establishing character and atmosphere in your home.  It influences our feelings and moods.  It affects our ability to think, study and relax.  It can ‘rev us up’ and suppress or increase our appetites.

The POWER of Color in your home!


Neutral colors have no strong hue and include grays, browns, beige and tan.  A neutral color scheme is muted and soft with no surprises of color.  They are calm, serene, and relaxing.  They are the easiest to experience on a day-to-day basis.  Dull and drab are possible negative impressions of neutral colors and need to be offset with small areas of intense color.


This neutral ‘non-color’ suggest clear, bright openness.  White is the most flexible color.  It can wake up or tone down a room.  It enhances any color and it can stand alone.  All white or near-white schemes tend to seem forced and empty.  However, white is never a “wrong” color as it can be used in large areas if offset by small areas of strong chromatic color.


Black is a powerful accent that can be depressing if used to excess.  It implies dignity, stability, and somberness.  Extensive use of black is best confined to special-purpose space that is not occupied for extended periods of time.


Red, orange, yellow and related brown and tans are associated with warmth, cordiality, cheer and favorable human qualities.  Warm colors are best used in areas which do not receive much direct sunlight.


Red may raise blood pressure, respiration rate, heartbeat, muscle activity, eye-blinks and brain waves.  They range from warm to hot and are exciting. It is associated with tension and danger.  Limited amounts of intense red can balance blues and greens.  Depending on its color strength in a room can be earthy, elegant, flashy, or graceful. Vivid reds are best used as accents. When used in a kitchen it will stimulate the appetite.


Orange shares the qualities of red but to a lesser extent.  A red-orange color in intense, small quantities is a useful stimulant and adds to neutral color schemes.  Orange is magnetic, exciting and sharp-edged.  It should be used in bold splashes – pillows and accessories – since too much can make you feel irritable and restless.


Pink is restful. It curbs aggressive tendencies and actually reduces physical strength.


Yellow lifts spirits and has high visibility.  It raises blood pressure, pulse and respiration though not as consistently as red does.  Yellow is the least demanding of the six major color.  Sharp or butter soft, it has power to bring sunshine.  Yellow tints (beige and cream) are “safe” colors having little negative implication.  If overused or too diluted, yellow can be dull.


Cool colors are restful, work well in bedrooms or rooms which receive strong sunlight.  They are calming and dignified.  They tend to be relaxing rather than stimulating and depressive rather than exciting.


Blues are the coolest of colors.  They suggest rest and repose, calm and dignity.  Overused, they generate depression and gloom.  Reddish-orange colors offset the qualities of blue and can hold them in balance.  Almost any shade of blue will do it, from cobalt to sky to sapphire.


Green encompasses such a huge range of shades that it’s impossible to generalize its effect.  Greens are regarded as peaceful and constructive.  In excess or in too great of intensity, they may be depressing.  Green, the most popular of the size major colors, has the power to pull a room together.  It is easy to live with and adds freshness to any room in the house.  It is ideal for spaces used for concentration and meditation.


Violets and their darker versions of purple are enigmatic and problematic colors.  They express sensitivity and subtlety, but have ambiguous associations.  In the deeper tones, the associations with tension and depression become stronger.

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