The power of color lies in its ability to affect how we are feeling. Every color elicits an emotional response. It also changes our relationship to space, altering our senses and perceptions. Color can excite or calm, repel or endear, make us feel happy or sad. Most of our reactions to color are automatic and deeply engrained in us.

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The most common color in a home is white. It stimulates the feelings of openness, purity, cleanliness and airiness. The second most common interior color is blue. It elicits the feelings of harmony, trust, honesty and spirituality. Yellow is linked to positivity, lightness, the sun and creativity. Purple symbolizes a king, a religion or something sensual. Orange is energetic, transformative and quirky. Green represents hope, abundance and nature. Red is linked to love, sex, war and power.

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When we are designing our home and choosing colors, it’s helpful to take their temperature; are they warm or cool. To maintain a room’s harmony, we can keep their temperatures aligned. Cool colors like blue and green will feel compatible. Warm colors like beige, browns and oranges will also pair well and feel supportive of each other. Tone on tone will look sophisticated and foolproof giving us a monochromatic look. Mixing a light blue with a deep blue almost always feels complimentary. Opposites can attract as in the case of coral and aqua. We can create both a comfort and a liveliness by using warm comforting hues with pops of vibrant bold color accents. This allows us to relax, recharge and feel comfortable and still feel creative, bright and alive.

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In the end, selecting a room’s color will depend upon what we resonate with, what effect we want to produce and what energy and power we want to surround ourselves with.

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The 60-30-10 rule
A classic decor rule that helps create a color palette for a space. It states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent.

Designer: Jackie Armour

Photographer: Brantley Photography.