With our staying at home for such a long period, we realize how important home to us, particularly how our home make us feel. Wellness has gained its wave in residential design industry and we talked about 4 ways of 7 ways to design a healthy human-centric home last week. You can click here to read this first part. Today we are going to talk about the second part of this topic —-color.
Color plays a vitally important role in our home. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. Warm colors invoke certain feelings, while cool colors invoke others. Depend on your personality, your needs and the moods you would like to create, choose right color scheme for each room will definitely influence your daily life. Here are some basic rules you can follow to start with:
Red raises a room’s energy level. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming
Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms.
To encourage relaxation in social areas such as family rooms, living rooms or large kitchens, consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room — but go for softer shades. Dark blue has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness. Refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness.
Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. It is also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.
Purple, in its darkest values (eggplant, for example), is rich, dramatic and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury and creativity; as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.
Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room; it will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.
Neutrals (black, gray, white and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.
Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.
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Color’s Effect on Ceilings
As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower need not mean claustrophobic: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.
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And here are more guidelines on how to paint your walls in each room with different locations:
North Facing Rooms
North facing rooms tend to make colors look cooler and harsher, so rather than trying to fake more light and space in these rooms, probably one of the best tips is going all in with a deep, rich color. Dramatic, cocooning interiors were simply made for north facing spaces.
South Facing Rooms
South facing rooms will be filled with warm light for most of the day. Because this makes everything appear more golden, pale tones look especially beautiful in these light-filled spaces, and you can get away with cooler colors if you wish. Cooler colors will appear softer while the warmer light of a south facing space will render it more of a true, and sometimes will take on a delicate glow.
East Facing Rooms
Your choice of color for an east facing living room will largely come down to the time of day when you’ll be using it most because an abundance of bright light in the morning will become more muted by the evening, If you use this space often in the evening, don’t be afraid to opt for a more intense wall color. These rich tones are also at their most glamorous in firelight and candlelight, making a great backdrop for cozy nights in.
West Facing Rooms
West facing rooms get most of their light later in the day. You have two options to make the most of this situation. The ﬁrst is to opt for a warm wall color that embraces and enhances those last few golden rays. For a more neutral look, you can go for a cooler color which looks fresh in the morning and gets softened later in the day.
Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases.
So far, the most popular color chromotherapy application is sauna and steam shower lights that immerse your bathing environment in stunning hues of red, blue, green, orange, and other colors to enhance your bathing experience.
To be continued