Welcome to Day 4 of my Summer Blog Series: Color my Home! I have an amazing line up of fabulous blogger who will be sharing how they incorporate Color into their Home this Summer! I am so excited to have Lee from A World of Inspiration on my blog today, talking about color psychology and using color it in your home! Lee is from New Zealand and I have to admit, I love how she spells “colour!”
Hi, I’m Lee from Lee Caroline – A World of Inspiration, I am an artist with a love of interior design, I live in New Zealand in a cottage by the sea with my little dog Poppy and my other half. I am thrilled to be invited to contribute to Ashley’s “Colour my home series” here at Simply Designing.
I have created a basic colour chart to help understand the effects of colour. You must remember though that different strengths of colour can have a differing affect on us. Bright blue will evoke more energy and not be as restful as pastel blue. The brighter and stronger a colour the more powerful it will be. Soft pastel shades are more restful and easier to live with. If you want to find out more about colour psychology you may want to look at this great tumbler site.
Paint is an easy way to bring colour to our homes. However, the tone or shade of colour should be taken into account, for example, a nursery painted a soft shade of blue will create a calming, restful room for your baby. Adding some pastel pink and lemon will add more warmth. As your child grows and starts school, you may want to re paint your room in a stronger blue, introducing more pattern to create a happy, playful atmosphere. the colour blue can also work well in a teenagers room to create a smart contemporary look as seen in image 3.
One thing I would like to mention about colour with regard to kitchens is, be careful selecting colour for your cabinets. Kitchens are fast becoming the most lived in area of our home with more and more families opting for open plan living. From not only a personal point of view, but also a selling point, I don’t believe in coloured kitchen units. The bright blue or orange kitchen you fell in love with can date very quickly and put off a prospective buyer. Kitchens are one of the biggest expenses in our homes, therefore, my advice is to introduce a little colour with a coloured glass splash back, tiles, vinyl wallpaper or a painted feature wall. It is far safer to keep your kitchen cabinets in soft neutral tones or natural light woods saving colour for a feature only. If you must have coloured cabinets then I would most definitely recommend soft pastel shades.
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