Traditionally, saturated colors in decorating have been limited to accent pieces to keep a space open and neutral. Incorporating these festive hues in large doses like area rugs, window coverings, or walls may seem risky but it is well worth it. Fall colors bring to mind bright, positive feelings and encourage some of our best personality traits to come forward.
Aside from aiding an easy transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas décor, this primary color can stir strong reactions. In most cultures it is symbolic of vitality. Some studies indicate that the color increases circulation and respiration, and color psychologists say it increases enthusiasm, energy, and confidence. In China, red represents good luck and celebration. However, because this color can increase irritability in heavy doses, it’s probably not a good paint option. Try using his vibrant color in Hobbled Roman Shades to bring a rich feeling of social intimacy and vitality without overstating yourself.
Want a more social dining room? Try painting it orange. Color psychologists note that the color orange increases appetite and stimulates both conversation and the immune system. It can also act as an antidepressant because it has been shown to decrease a feeling of self pity while increasing feelings of self worth and emotional openness. Muted tones of orange like Terra Cotta, Peach, and Rust have the same effects and are noted for their broad appeal. A piece of trivia to share in your newly brightened dining room: the word “orange” was not used as a color word in English speaking countries until the 16th century- English speakers used terms like “amber” to describe the color.
Yellow’s influence on brain activity has long documentation. It stimulates frontal lobe brain activity, memory, optimism, intellectual (as opposed to abstract) thinking, and an overall sense of well-being. In China yellow is the color of royalty, and in Feng Shui it represents both the earth and the sun, as well as warmth and motion. Some studies suggest that the color stimulates the lymph system. Need more reasons to love this color? It can fit its way into any season and matches with any neutral tone, making it perfect for walls.
While color psychologists haven’t done many studies on this warm midpoint of neutrality and color, its values remain intrinsic. Brown emanates wholesomeness, stability and security, and brings to mind the earth and dependability. It has the ability to tie together any color scheme, and like the color carries itself well from season to season. Brown is the color of home.