Color has a profound effect on our mood.
In clothing, interiors, landscape and even natural light, a color can
change mood from sad to happy, from confusion to intelligence, from fear
to confidence. Particular colors have different effects on each individual .
Response to a color may be influenced by a number of factors such as the
bodys need for a specific color, a sad or happy memory associated
with a color. In previous decades, certain colors or group of colors
dominated every palette. Now in millenium, the stopper is out and
uniqueness and personal preferences are really in. There are no absolutes in
the world of color. Some colors make you want to get out of your chair,
others make you want to nestle down and read. Some colors are articulate and
must be listened to. Others are very quiet. Some colors indicate that you
have travelled or are well read. Yet others create a desire for closeness,
intimacy and love. Following are some of the most typical responses to
various color groups.
These colors create a sense of peace
and well being. They foster quiet conversation with family and friends and
can dispel loneliness.
Throughout time, mankind has found a sense of peace
and tranquility when in touch with " Mother Earth ".
- It follows
that colors which impart a sense of warmth and serenity come directly from
- In addition to the earth colors in the neutral group are colors
associated with sea such as sand, shell, coral, pearl, stone, seaweed.
GREEN is a color which helps us to adjust to new environments and
situations. It will always be found among the nurturing neutrals.
The BLUES represented here will range from winter sky to stream to midnight.
The neutrals are somewhat like the furniture while other palettes are more
like accents or accessories.
These are the sharp, witty and
unique colors which convey a message that the owner has travelled, is well
read and has something to say.
- These colors will command respect without
- This palette also starts with a earthy, warm base.
is a color which promotes creativity and will often be found in foundation
of an intellectual palette. These greys will be warm and gentle.
- Some tones
of blue suggest communication and trust, so it will naturally be found in
the intellectual palette.
- Navy blues will often find their way in this
palette, but its effect is warm and never cold and fragile.
- Red also
appears in this intellectual palette, but the shades will be earthy and
complicated burgundy, cranburry.
These colors are exiting and used for a
fun providing environment.
These playful, whimsical palettes create their
own kind of music, like the sounds of children playing.
- There are highs and
lows, lights and darks and always movement and activity. Used in active
spaces within the home, a playful palette can add energy and
- But if overdone, this type of palette becomes irritating and
- The foundation of this palette is WHITE. This could be anywhere
from vanilla ice cream to snow drift to winter moon.
- Then comes the bubble
gum pink, buttercup, wintergreen, all the berry colors and crayon colors.
Many of these colors will be cool, and even in lighter tones there will be
brightness and clarity.
- The bottom line in creating this type of palette is
that the colors should suggest a sense of freedom, play and downright fun.
This palette includes the colors which
are very refreshing and rejuvenating.Like nurturing colors, healing
colors also begin by getting in touch with nature.
- The first group of
colors considered in this palette is GREEN. Because they have the power to
help us adjust to new environments, skillful designers use lots of plants
and other forms of green.
- Healing greens may be warm or cool, but not
muddy or mysterious like those in the intellectual palette.
- Healing palettes
also take inspirations from warn earth tones. These palettes usually
contains contrast as well as a clarity of color that is inspiring.
- They will
include a range of lights and darks but will never be muddy.
Many species including the human beings
attempt to attract the opposite sex with colors.
- RED is the color of sex and
lust and is often called the most romantic of colors. It is no accident that
red is the chosen symbolic color for the Valentines Day.
- In interior
design, however, a less intense, softer tone of red is far more conducive
to romance than the pure hue. Often referred as PINKS, these colors vary
from cool to warm and from light to dark.
- Pinks have an interesting quality
that seems to halt the bodys ability to stay angry.
- PURPLE is another
color which is definitively romantic because of its passionate,
unpredictable and quixotic characteristics.
- Paler , less intense tones of
ORANGE such as apricot and peach are often included in the romantic palette, suggesting purity and innocence.
- BLUES in the romantic palette will be
cool and inspired by water.
There are no trends in color as
important as personal style.
- Today, most designers draw from many
historical periods as well as contemporary influences and mix them together
to create unique personal spaces.
- The most effective color palettes reflect
and enhance the interests, collections and activities of the people who
live there as well as architectural features.
The effects of color on mood will vary from individual to individual. Color
schemes have emotional messages too. An awareness of the emotions generated
by different colors is helpful in planning personal palettes that will be
pleasant to live with, but it must be understood that this information is
not absolute. Subtle changes in tone can increase or decrease the emotions
evoked by a particular color, allowing it to be included in many diverse