What happens when you paint your room red? Or blue? Or green? Read to find out more!
RED This colour improves concentration and stirs excitement in people, even at night. It is a warm colour and is good for living or dining rooms as it draws people together and stimulates conversation. As a background colour of walkways, it can create a strong first impression that hits the viewer straight. Red is usually over-stimulating for bedrooms as it hardly promotes calm and rest. However, in faint light, red can appear to be elegant and romantic. This colour is excellent for child development as it is believed to be the first colour they see.
br> The colour of joy and sunshine is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where there is space for encouragement. Yellow also creates an illusion of larger areas and is a welcoming colour. Although yellow is cheery, it is not a choice colour for bedrooms as people have been proven to lose their tempers more likely in a yellow room. Babies also cry more in yellow rooms. Somehow, yellow creates frustration and anger when in large amounts as it is tiring for the eye. Interestingly, Chromotherapy uses yellow to stimulate nerves and to purify the body.
br> Relaxing and serene, blue helps to lower blood pressure and slows down rates of respiration and heartbeat. Blue is a commonly favoured colour which lowers blood pressure and inspires meditation. This colour is highly recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms where people wish to relax. However, pastel blue can come across as cold once it goes onto the walls. Thus, light blue walls should be balanced with other warmer hues in the furniture or fabrics. Rooms for gatherings could take a warmer shade of blue, like periwinkle or turquoise. When used as the main colour, blue has a great calming effect. However, dark blue evokes depression and should be refrained from.
br> Green is the most relaxing colour for the eye since it is the most dominant colour in nature. Like on the palette, green combines the qualities of blue and yellow. It is refreshing, yet cheerful and it is suitable for any room in the house. It is also a good stress reliever, promotes comfort and a medium shade of green makes the environment seem cool. Green gives a feeling of tranquility and security to a room.
br> Dark purple is associated with royalty, thus it is rich and sophisticated. It provides depth to a room while lighter shades of purple (e.g.: lavender, lilac) are as restful as blue, but minus the chill of light blue. Dark purple is viewed as a daring colour choice as it is rarer, being a secondary colour. Not for the faint-hearted! Violet is regarded as a power colour. It can be soothing and spiritual in deeper shades. Brighter hues are preferred by children, while rosier hues are preferred by adults.
br> The perfect colour for an exercise room, orange energizes one with excitement and enthusiasm. It facilitates the expression of emotion through exercise so it is a good motivator during that rigorous routine. However, it is not good for the living room or for bedrooms. It is highly contemporary and attractive. Terra cotta is a popular shade of orange, used for decorating.
br> Blacks, whites and browns are basic colours that never go out of fashion. Use their base colours for rooms, but make use of lighter shades to brighten up the place. Black is also a common colour used in all colour schemes as it works well as an accent that gives depth to a room. White is delicate and refined and looks good with every other colour. It will also tone down other colours. White encourages a sense of peace and purity. Black is the ultimate power colour when it comes to clothing; it is associated with dignity and sophistication. Small amounts of black are inspirational, but large amount come across as oppressing. Black easily coordinates with all other colours.
The amount of daylight entering a room is an important consideration in colour selection. The less natural daylight that is likely to be present, the brighter and lighter the colour could be. Conversely, the brighter the room, the darker the value and greyer the colour could be to counteract any excessive brightness. As daylight fades into twilight another phenomenon occurs. The darker colours of the spectrum seem to lighten and lighter colours seem to darken.
Incandescent light bulbs will enhance reds, oranges and yellows. Be aware that even greys or other colours modified with red for a warmer feeling will look quite different under incandescent lighting than under fluorescent lighting or even sunlight. The grey may not show any red colour to the eye, but the warm feeling will be emphasized.
Fluorescent light is most often used in commercial settings and in areas of the home where good overall lighting is required. Although there are many different types of fluorescent lights, the one most commonly used lacks the warm colours of the spectrum. They tend to enhance only the blues and greens and render reds, oranges and yellows dull. If using fluorescent lights in the home choose 'full spectrum' or daylight varieties, which help to enhance all colours.