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Choose Colours For Ambiance


Blog by Joette Fielding | August 28th, 2014


Color psychology and décorColour personality tests are fun to take. Who doesn't enjoy being told that they're true blue or mellow yellow?

Colour tests help you choose which shades to wear, which you may already know, but they may not help you when it comes to decorating your home.

You may look dynamic in red, but red might not be the right colour to surround yourself at home, especially if you want to relax. Why? Red is a colour that excites, not calms.

If you want your home to be a relaxing haven, soft blue or green may be more your style, even if you don't call those colours favorites in your wardrobe.

Colour psychology and décor

Back in the 1940s, a Swiss psychiatrist named Dr. Max Lûscher found that colours impact your emotions and behaviour. The Colour Test Chart that he developed is still in wide use today in environmental psychology to help workers become more productive, students to concentrate better and so on.

From Dr. Lûscher's studies, we've learned that colours used in residential environments can also impact residents' moods and responses.

That means that red might not be so wrong for you after all. There are areas where using red in your décor will help you achieve the ambiance you want. Since red is exciting, dynamic, and energizing, it's often used in dining rooms to enhance appetites and to stimulate conversation.

Does that mean you should paint your dining room fire engine red? No, there are many shades of red that are a little calmer that can still supply the stimulating effect you want, such as reds that lean more brown or burgundy.

The important test when choosing colour is what effect you want it to have on yourself or others:

  • If you're looking for drama, sophistication, colours that are oppose each other on the colour wheel, like black and white, are excellent choices. Soften the effect with an infusion of calming light blue or green accents.
  • Whites, greys and beiges, for example, are quiet and conservative, which may lead you to be more introspective and thoughtful. When decorating with neutrals, jazz them up with jolts of strong secondary colours such as fuchsia or orange.
  • Both pinks and blues are tranquilizing, so they both make excellent colours for living areas and bedrooms.
  • Purples and greens are refreshing and relaxing, and send a subtle suggestion of wealth and opulence and luxury in darker shades.
  • It's counterintuitive, but yellow is optimistic and far from relaxing, so skip this colour for babies' rooms and master suites. However, it's a good colour for studies and kitchens, where concentration is essential.

If you're not sure what colours to put where, here's a simple rule that may help. The closer a colour is to brown, the more neutral it is. If you like a certain colour, you can always choose a ramped-up or tamped-down version of it for your home.

So go ahead -- make it red!

Content courtesy of http://www.realtytimes.com


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