Choose your color scheme carefully
Psychology suggests colors can determine your mood.
Brides wear white; mourners wear black. Baby girls wear pink, and kings and queens wear purple.
When someone is depressed, we say they're "feeling blue," and when someone is angry, we say they're "seeing red."
Different colors relay different messages and have the power to alter our moods. That is why color plays such an important role in home d & eacute;cor.
"Some of the most popular colors in home d & eacute;cor right now are red, sage green and tones of beige and gold," said Cheryl Summers, artist, interior painter and owner of Nova 2000 Studios in Poland. "Red conveys a powerful, bold message, while green is soothing and beige is neutral."
Summers said homeowners should choose the color of a room based on lifestyle, furniture style and personality.
"For example, if you have kids running around, you might want to choose a color that will hide fingerprints. And if you want to paint a room a bold, dramatic red, you might want to furnish the room with neutral-colored pieces to balance out the bold color of the walls," Summers said.
Before you choose color schemes for the rooms in your home, also consider how colors can enhance or deflect from the mood or statement you wish to create.
UThink pink if you want to create a soothing atmosphere that promotes affection and affability.
UChoose yellow to spread some cheer. Yellow also increases energy and makes rooms appear larger.
UOrange also evokes cheeriness, but it's a bit more commanding than yellow and will help stimulate conversation.
UDramatic red empowers, stimulates and evokes passion and competition.
UGreen, on the other hand, normalizes and creates balance while refreshing the mind and spirit.
UPurple is the color of mystery. It draws out spirituality and intuition while weaving a relaxing spell.
UBlue relaxes too, but this cool color also refreshes and promotes tranquility.
UWhite purifies and unifies. White also enlivens all colors it is used in combination with.
UBlack is a color of authority, discipline and strength. Black encourages independence.
Also remember that lighting can alter the color of a room.
Incandescent light enhances warm colors and washes out cool colors, while fluorescent light weakens warm colors and enhances cool colors.
The size of a room should also help dictate its chosen color.
Light colors and monochromatic color schemes will make small rooms appear larger, and large rooms will appear smaller when painted with dark colors or when painted with more than one color.
XAdditional sources: www.houseandhome.msn.com and www.stercher.com