Having trouble winding down at night? Is your productivity in a bit of a slump? Have meals become somewhat bland? Maybe it’s less about you and more about your décor. And by décor, we mean color.
Artists, designers and psychologists have long known that color can affect mood. With the right color choices, you can help turn convention into creativity, inertia into energy, and restlessness into relaxation. Here’s our quick and simple guide—so you can use color to it’s full potential, one room at a time.
The Home Office
Choosing a color palette for your home office is all about balance. On the one hand, you want bright colors that will energize and spark creativity. On the other hand, you don’t want anything to distract you too much from the task at hand. The key is subtle color with pops of brightness.
Accents: Add pops of bright color throughout the room with accessories like throw pillows, vases, lamps and wall décor. Paint a chair Candy Cane Red or Peony. Or coat the inside of bookshelves in Softened Violet or Scandinavian Blue. Other ideas for accent colors are Rhubarb, Vine Green and Sun Kissed Yellow. But remember, the key is to keep the color small, but intense—accent walls are not recommended.
The Living Room
As the name suggests, the living room is where you live most of the time—or would like to live most of the time. That said, it should be warm, cozy and comfortable—kind of like a big hug. Earth tones and calming blues make you want to kick back and stay a while. Here’s how to do it.
Accents: Your living room should reflect your family’s personality and the things you love. Framed photo collages, tasteful travel souvenirs and old books with character are some great additions. Shades like Brick Dust, Rum Punch and Burnt Caramel add warmth, while green-blues like Fair Isle Blue and Slate Blue add a reassuring traditional feel.
Yes, we know you can’t see the paint on the walls while you’re sleeping, but color should set the tone for great sleep—and, for some, romance. (Not necessarily in that order.) A recent survey showed that people with blue bedrooms appear to be getting the best sleep, while people with caramel-colored walls are having a more sensual experience. Lucky for us, the two go together great!
Accents: In the bedroom, play up your accent colors in the bedspread, pillows, chair cushions and wall décor. If you choose blue for the base, choose caramel-colored accents that resemble these shades—Behr Soft Bronze, Distant Land or Sofisticata. If you go with a caramel base, choose deep blue accents like Poseidon, Striking or Very Navy.
The bathroom is not so cut-and-dry when it comes to color. It really depends on the type of mood you want to create. You can choose a soothing spa-like vibe, bright and fun colors, a dramatic atmosphere, or a cozy retreat. It’s really up to you. Here are two of our favorite ways to reveal a bathing beauty.
Calm and Centered
If you want your bathroom to be a spa-like oasis at the end of a hectic day, choose soft greens, whites and earth tones.
Fun for All
These bright and cheery bath ideas are perfect for a shared family bath or a kids’ bathroom, but you don’t have to have kids to enjoy these uplifting colors.
Accents: Make accents fun, whimsical and bold. It doesn’t even have to have anything to do with bathing. Scrabble, Lego or comic-themed bathrooms are cool ideas. But even without a theme, choose cool, bright accent pieces and accent walls or cabinets in colors like Basic Blue, Hot Lips and St. Paddy’s Day.
What do you want to feel when you walk into your kitchen? Red stimulates the appetite. White or bright yellow can make a kitchen feel energized and full of sunshine. Green is calming and symbolizes nature and health. Blue is serene, but is the least appetizing of colors—perfect if you’re looking to cut down on calories. The point is that are a lot of ways you can go in a kitchen, depending on what you want to feel. Check out these cool color combo ideas for inspiration.