Saturday, June 12, 2010

I need some COLOUR!!!

I need something to brighten my day. I think all this housework is getting to me....and it's a grey day, my 3 children that are home at the moment are fighting, and I seem to be severely lacking in energy. If you're decorating, you might find this article helpful.

Colors And Mood
You can use colors to change your mood. Experts now suggest that we feel color, rather than see it. Look here for ways to balance your emotions, calm your fears and heat up your love life.

Scientists, doctors and mental health professionals have been studying the correlation between color and mood for years. Many now believe that colors cannot only cause emotional reactions, but can also correct mood and well being.

Recent studies suggest that we don't actually see color, but "feel" it instead. Scientists now believe that each individual "feels" color in their heart, and not their head.

Colors behave in three basic ways: active, passive and neutral. If you rememberer the basics between these three actions, you can decorate and dress for success.

Active colors are warm colors, including yellow, orange and red. These colors inspire positiveness and exude confidence from extroverts. Warm colors can also inspire conversation and upbeat attitudes. Reds heat up a room like no other hue. Wake up an entryway with fire engine red or warm a den with deep maroon. Yellows and golden colors unleash creative activity and work well in offices, kitchens and study areas.

Cool colors pacify and restore. Bedrooms, private areas and bathrooms are great places for blues, greens and purples.

Think of neutralizing colors as "uncolors." Beiges, grays, whites and taupes do not activate or pacify. Instead, they work together with the other colors to bridge rooms and provide transition.

You can easily change the look or feel of a room by redressing the walls. Mixing and matching colors within the same color scheme is an excellent way to balance color and emotion, and provide a welcoming feel to guests. The following gives a general guideline for wall painting and mood when using passive, active and neutral colors:

Neutral colors, such as pale gray, taupe and beige, send a restful message to your brain. It's not a coincidence that most doctor's offices, coffee shops, spas and mental health centers decorate in neutrals. Neutral colors can actually "destress" individuals.

To create a feeling of warmth and coziness in a room, use bright, warm colors like yellows, oranges and reds. These colors make good choices for rooms that appear cool due to limited, natural sunlight. Mixing several different shades of warm colors evokes positive, cheerful reactions.

Yellow color schemes add cheeriness to dull rooms. Therapists often use colors with the yellow scheme to boost mood. You can achieve the same effect by adding yellows to rooms which are not associated with happy thoughts, such as kitchens and laundry rooms. Yellows can also be used to increase energy.

In rooms where there's plenty of sunshine, cool colors can provide a calming ambience. Sage greens and sky blues are perfect for bedrooms, playrooms and activity areas. Other cool colors, such as blues and greens, can evoke quiet moods and even sadness. For this reason, cool colors aren't generally used in large areas.

Let your playful side come out by painting with the primary colors. Young, playful moods are brought to the surface with primary colors. Children's bedrooms are a great area to use primary colors in.

Red is a power color, often used to invigorate your environment. Red is also said to stimulate and symbolize passion. Remember that red hot date dress?


Here's a quick rundown of individual colors and the moods they support.

PINK-soothes, promotes affection.

YELLOW-cheers, increases energy, expands the size of a room.

WHITE-purifies, unifies, enlivens other colors.

BLACK-authoritative, shows discipline, encourages independence.

ORANGE-cheers, stimulates appetite and conversation.


GREEN-balances, refreshes

PURPLE-comforts, creates mystery

BLUE-relaxes, cools


To temper wall color choices, pick out furniture and accessories that will provide a visual contrast. Brick-red painted trim, for example, can be balanced with antique-white rugs.

COOL colors make a room seem larger than it is and warm colors make rooms feel smaller.

Mixing different shades of beige will add a classy feel to any size room.

I hope these colours have brightened someone's to do more housework :) To see more flowers, check out my flower & nature blog.

Linking up with Today's Flowers


Unknown Mami said...

Thank you for that burst of color. I think I favor warm colors over cool colors.

maiaT said...

Beautiful and informative post, great tips about color.
Your photos are beautiful too, pretty flowers.

Ladynred said...

I love all the flowers. They are all beautiful.

Average Girl said...

Completely brightened my day... Thank you!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The iris is spectacular. I've seen so many in every color imaginable and they never cease to amaze me. The tulips really brighten up my day, I just love those.

honeypiehorse said...

Wow, those are beautiful and they do impact mood. In a good way.

Denise said...

Oh wow, fantastic colors Shelle and this is a great post.

If you have the time to stop by, my post is right here,

I always seem to be a little late catching but but I wanted to wish you a great week.