Let’s Talk National Color Day | 10 Hues + Their True Meanings

October 20, 2016


With National Color Day upon us, we figured this would be the perfect opportunity for us to explore the meanings of 10 hues we often use in our homes.

Understanding what colors represent and the emotions they evoke may help you decide if and where you want to incorporate them.

Red: The color of extremes, red represents love and passion, anger and danger. It’s an energizing, emotionally intense hue. Experts suggest using red on walls when you want to create a sense of intimacy. Because it’s also known to stimulate your appetite and speed up your metabolism, red is frequently seen in kitchens and
dining rooms.

Orange: The color of joy and creativity, orange is associated with freedom, expression, fun and fascination. Studies show that it can increase socialization and contentment and aid mental activity and decision making. As an especially inspiring color, orange is perfect for offices and craft spaces.

Yellow: A color that commands attention, yellow represents happiness and intelligence. This sunshine shade may be bold, but it’s versatile enough to incorporate anywhere you need a lift. It instantly welcomes guests in entryways, entertains in living and dining areas and cheers up bedrooms.

Green: Life, growth, renewal, money – these are all commonly associated with green. Said to have healing powers and even lower blood pressure, green lends serenity to bathrooms, bedrooms and studies. Also linked to fresh fruits and vegetables, it is especially appetizing in kitchens.

Blue: A calming color, blue is commonly considered beneficial for the mind and body. Because the sea and sky are blue, it is also synonymous with depth, wisdom, faith and truth. Experts recommend using it to create an atmosphere of work and meditation, as the hue can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Blue also decreases your appetite, so it can help you stick to your diet.

Purple: Associated with royalty and power, purple exudes luxury, wealth and mystery. It combines the fiery energy of red with the comforting stability of blue, therefore lending an enchanting quality to interiors. Light purples, like lavender and lilac can be a dreamy addition to bedrooms, while eggplant shades add drama and whimsy to lounging spaces.

Black: One of the first colors ever to be used in an artistic context, black symbolizes confidence, mystery and elegance. It’s often used on statement accent walls or it can serve as a striking contrast to its lighter counterparts…no combo is more classic than black and white, after all.

Grey: In Feng Shui, light grey is associated with clarity and calm, while dark grey is more authoritative. It is considered best to use when you want to create a sense of security, stability and steadiness.

Brown: A warm neutral that represents simplicity, dependability, friendliness and steadfastness, brown is said to provide a sense of security. While light browns are welcoming and sincere, dark browns are strong and grounding. Any shade of brown works perfectly as the foundation of a room, whether decking the walls or floors, and it can feel especially cozy in dens or libraries.

White: Airy, clean, peaceful, refreshing – those are the adjectives we tend to connect with white. It’s often used in bathrooms and kitchens, as white gives the impression of good hygiene. Since it also reflects light, it can help spaces appear larger when painted on ceilings. All-white rooms are popular, as well, for creating a classy, cohesive look.

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