When we talk about colours in our homes, usually the first thing we think about is the colours of the clothes we wear, the shoes, the car, the hair and at some point we also think about our house.
What colours do we have in our home?
Outside the house if we use colours to impress or influence others, in the intimacy/atmosphere of the house we use them to (re)charge us. This is the place where we find our peace and balance to be able to start again the next day. Also, our house is the one that reflects our mood.
Red is considered the warmest color and is associated with vitality, energy and aggression.
Red can make a room look smaller, intimate and comfortable, but at the same time dark and claustrophobic. Red is also a color that stimulates the appetite, which is why many restaurants use it.
Red in combination with darker shades of gray – plum red, burgundy, maroon – adds richness, elegance and warmth to the space without being overwhelming.
Blue is the color of harmony and peace, but it can also be an exotic and royal color. It is a cool color, and lighter shades can create the feeling of a larger space. Blue does not reflect too much light, so the sunlight will be diffused and calm giving a quiet atmosphere to the room.
If the shade of blue is strong, it gives the room a cool air and it is recommended that it be used in small spaces, preferably in combination with a warm color – shades of red, orange or yellow – especially if the room is to the north.
Blue can have a positive effect on your health. Being a cool color of peace and harmony, can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and relieve insomnia.
Violet / indigo is also a royal color, symbolically associated with sensitivity, good taste, affinity for art, music, philosophy. Shiny shades are good to use carefully because they are pretentious. You can combine them with neutral colors or create contrasts with warm or cool pastel shades.
Violet is a cold color when it is in the cold spectrum – so you can treat it like blue – but when it is in the spectrum closer to red, it becomes a warmer color. Light shades – purple or lilac – create the impression of a larger space in the room.
A room in shades of purple, especially if the objects in it are made of wood or natural materials, give thefeeling of comfort, relaxation after a stressful day.
Pink is a shade of mixed red and white. Traditionally pink is a color associated with love and romance.
In combination with blue, it gives shades of purple or lilac – colors that give the room a more mysterious, more sophisticated look, making the room more spacious.
Orange combines the physical energy of red and the concentrating power of yellow. Pure orange is a precious and intense color just like red. Associated with strength and endurance, orange was the color attributed to Zeus in ancient Greece. In the east, Buddhist monks wear orange robes that symbolize humility; in Japan, orange is the color of love and happiness.
In the decoration of the house, orange is used according to the same rules as red. It is recommended to be used at the entrance, in the hallway, in the child’s room or in a bathroom, where you will not be lazy.
The lighter shades of orange are delicate and warm colors. Darker shades are versatile colors. Used in neutral color contexts – they can be both cold and warm. In combination with white or cream they can create a relaxed and warm atmosphere.
Yellow is a color full of energy, generally associated with summer. Yellow is also associated with creative energy, intellect, mind, power and symbolizes well-being.
Any shade of yellow brings warmth and light to any dark and cold room. Bright yellow can give a lot of energy and it is recommended to be used carefully in small spaces. Light shades of yellow can make a small, dark room bigger and brighter, especially in combination with light shades of blue.
Dark shades of yellow – mustard, gold, bronze, ochre – are precious, warm colors with a discreet glow.
Green is the color of nature and hope. In many cultures, green is also the color of fertility. Being in the middle between warm and cold colors, green is a color of harmony. It is pleasing to the eye and creates a relaxing atmosphere.
Light shades of green can be used to give the impression of space. Greens or dark shades of green combined with shades of light yellow can give life to dark spaces – apartments to the north, basements, bridges, etc.
Black, white and gray are not actual colors, but they have their symbolism.
Black is a sophisticated and charming color.
White is the color of winter and the moon. It symbolizes innocence, faith, purity, chastity and joy (see wedding dresses). In decorations, in addition to being a neutral color, it creates elegant spaces.
Gray is often associated with age and wisdom. Shades of gray can create a very pleasant atmosphere for the dining area.