McGaw & Company, Inc. – Residential Interiors Group is constantly updating the color palettes we love and use in our client’s home décor. Color is impacted by evolving national and global influences. Appreciating color and its underlining psychological and physical impact in our environment is very important especially when designing homes.
Influences of Color
Color families have certain attributes ascribed to them. Is there a specific color that instinctively speaks to you when you purchase items for your home or clothing? Are you using color in an intuition manner that you may not be aware?
Relaxing and serene blue is calming, relaxing, tranquil and versatile. Blue is associated with patience, water, sky and introverts. Its effects include creating an environment that is cleansing, refreshing and promotes introspection. Blue also encourages deep breathing. Relaxes our muscles and minds. Medicinally blue helps insomnia; slows heartbeat, drops blood pressure and decreases appetite. In your interiors, avoid using blue with cream as the color cream may take on a gray cast. The color blue can ran from pale to intense and dramatic.
Red is denoted as dramatic, is energetic, exciting and daring. Red has the effect of facilitating judgment, enhances activity, encourages achievement, promotes alertness, and nurtures passion. Red is associated with vitality and strength. Its medicinal purposes include reducing fatigue, helps colds and depression; smoothes muscular aches and stimulates appetite. The most powerful color in the designer’s palette is red. Use red carefully as can easily overwhelm a space if not used with artistry.
How do you feel about the color yellow? It is associated with cheerful, happy, joyful and uplifting spaces. It reminds us of sunshine, optimism, imagination, creativity and encourages spontaneity. It raises our spirits, helps govern the digestive system, attracts attention and is beneficial for mental activity. Yellow illuminates, is luminous, bright and reflective. Calm yellow with cream and accent colors to create a charming environment.
As a color green creates calm; is restful, fresh and promotes the feeling of security. It reminds us of spring, nature, ecology, balance, money, envy, jealousy and simplified living. The effect of green is to promote balance; careful judgment; harmonizing and is smoothing to the soul. The color green enhances concentration and nurtures relaxation. It is also now considered a new neutral and is a mainstay color of design. For interiors, add yellow to warm the color palette and blue to cool green.
Is purple, violet or lavender one of your favorite colors? It is associated with royalty, spirituality, creativity, and artistic endeavors. The color balances mind and thoughts, nurtures sense of balance and purpose, calms the body, is thought provoking and inspiring. Soften purples with graying accents to create an elegant and sophisticated space. Combine colors of the purple family with yellow for a sense of harmony.
The color orange is lively, vibrant, warm, friendly, happy and social. It is associated with adventure, celebration, romance, enthusiasm, uniqueness and ethnicity. The effects of orange can be to energize a space, increases appetite, stimulating as it promotes movement and excitement. It raises our spirits. Use orange with wood tones and neutral earth colors to soften and balance your environment.
McGaw & Company, Inc. – Residential Interiors Group love color with all its’ ever evolving shades and tones. Our lives are enriched and expanded by the use of color and made more enjoyable because of it.
About the Author: Marilyn McGaw is the principal designer and owner of McGaw & Company, Inc. – Residential Interiors Group located in Palm Beach, FL. Her design specialty is award winning ”high rise, designer ready” luxury condominiums for multi-home clientele.
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