Color Therapy 101


The world is my canvas and I create my own reality. ~ unknown

One of the simplest, yet most effective, change you can make to your space is a fresh coat of paint. With so many different colors to choose from, it’s important to understand the categories of colors and how to best use them. The colors you choose to paint the rooms in your home are direct musings of your personality.

There are three types of colors: warm, cool and neutral. Each type has its own role to play and works best in certain rooms.

Warm colors: reds, oranges and yellows

These colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of energy, daily ambition and productivity. They can bring joy, boldness and a courageous vibe to a space. Colors can be used on accent walls and/or as accessories. Use these colors in kitchens or home gyms.

Cool colors: blues, purples and greens

These colors are often described as calm and serene. Use these colors to create a nautical theme to relax and escape your daily stresses. These colors are tranquil and provide a safe haven for you. Use these colors to paint your bedroom, bathroom or create a girly glam office space.

Neutrals colors: khakis, grays, blacks and whites

These colors offer a multitude of ways to add personality to your spaces. Neutrals are far from being dull. Neutrals can add a bold and sleek look to any space. Use splashes of chocolate brown or slate gray, which can be subtle in black and white spaces.

Once you understand the colors, you need to think about your color scheme for the room, which helps you make wall paint color choices and accessory choices a little simpler. A color scheme is a planned combination of colors. Four colors in a scheme allows you to use one as an overall choice, two as a combination with the overall color and the last color as an accent color.

With your color scheme in place, you can then introduce patterns and textures with fabrics, window treatments, tile, wall coverings and other accessories to bring attention to your space. Using lighting as a focal point can reveal another side of your style and personality.

While color can have an influence on how we feel and act, these effects are subject to personal cultural and situational factors. If in doubt, do not hesitate to have a professional designer or decorator help you choose your next paint color and accessory choices.