Do You Remember When Beige Was The Rage?
Monochromatic schemes could be found everywhere. Interior designers were loving beige, gold, cream and white palettes. Maybe you also recall the popularity of Peach, Aqua and Mauve back in the 1980’s? Anyone remember avocado green carpets or harvest gold kitchens?
What is the point to all this? Color. Color affects every one of us in both positive and negative ways. There is usually a particular color we love and one we can’t stand.
Every year the design industry selects a color that will be trending. This year, 2018, Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet. Not into purple? Have you heard of Millennial Pink? (Not to be confused with Mauve, Dusty Rose or Salmon). Well, it’s a hit and showing up everywhere from fashion to interior design. Some of us embrace these hues and some say “no way!” However you look at it, color definitely creates a reaction in humans. It makes us feel…something.
The psychology of color on humans is pretty interesting.
All the Feels
Monochromatic color schemes can be sophisticated, stylish, serene and really very beautiful. Or…boring. It all depends on how it makes us feel. A bedroom in soft blues can be cool, restful and easy on the eyes. Or…cold and depressing. The most popular color in the world is blue but there are some people who really dislike it.
Imagine a home that has a different color on nearly every wall and is furnished with brightly colored and patterned furniture and whimsical decor. Some may view this as carnival-like or chaotic, others will embrace it as fun and energetic. Different strokes…
Why do most fast food restaurants use red and yellow? Red stimulates the appetite while yellow is a friendly, happy color. Lighting is usually bright and the combination of all these factors make us eat more, eat faster and (theoretically) have fun doing it.
Pure color. Primary colors are red, yellow and blue. These are pure colors that can’t be created from other colors, yet all other colors come from them.
Secondary colors are green, violet, and orange. These are created by mixing two primary hues together.
Tones are created when you add grey (white + black) to a hue. The effect can be manipulated by the ratio of white to black to create a heavier or lighter feel.
Colors mixed with white; pastels. These are lighter, softer versions of the hue(s). Tints are often used for babies and also create a feminine feel.
Shades are colors mixed with black and are often used to create a moody or dark feeling. A little black goes a long way, though. When mixed with white, you can create a soft dove gray or a stormy and ominous gray, depending on the amount of black used.
Better Homes and Gardens has a great article with additional information and details on the color wheel. Click here to view.
For fascinating information on the psychology of color, visit www.colorpsychology.org.
It’s fun to learn why we react to colors as we do. You’ll understand why that bedroom you just painted makes you feel restless instead of peaceful, or why you gained ten pounds since painting the kitchen red. Food for thought.
Pun intended. 😉