Color Me Happy: The Power of Color in Home Decor

In these times of political and economic uncertainty, there are two schools of thought about color preferences in home d?cor.?

Gaining Perspective

In these times of political and economic uncertainty, there are two schools of thought about color preferences in home d?cor. The first states that in an effort to create a sense of security and peace, consumers are turning to safe conservative colors. Unobtrusive shades of oatmeal linen and toffee have stood the test of time and work well with almost any d?cor.

The second perspective is that consumers are looking to bright, fun colors to create an upbeat cheerful atmosphere. For Example, Bold, bold blues and outrageous oranges add flair and are emotionally uplifting. The use of color in home d?cor is highly impactful and it is important for consumers to select hues that they feel most comfortable with, regardless of the latest trends.

Neutral shades often come to mind when considering soothing or conservative colors. These hues are perceived as non-offensive classics that are easy to use. In recent years, however, we have discovered that the neutral category has expanded to include ?color-full? neutrals. Still subdued, they are more sophisticated and complex that traditional neutrals.

These colors can be associated with specific color families. For example, soft pink, lilac, cream, moss and peach offer easy-to-live-with options in the red, purple, ?yellow, green and orange families respectively.

The hues found in nature have become extremely popular in recent years not only are they appealing tones but also for the moods they create. Green has taken on a role as one of the newest neutrals in the palette.

Environmental greens, inspired by nature, have been broadly excepted. These neutral shades of green have the ability to add color while still creating a calming effect.

Options in green continue to expand as blue-toned greens (similar to the sparkling waters of the Caribbean) join in the already popular yellow inspired greens (reminiscent of the first leaves of springtime and tender blades of new grass.)

Shades of blue, another hue dominant in nature, are perennial favorites in home d?cor, regardless of trends. Light shades such as sky, or aqua, create a sense of peace and serenity. At the other end of the spectrum dark blues such as a rich navy, and a deep royal add a touch of drama while remaining traditional.

Not everyone considers traditional, conservative colors. In today?s world some consumers are turning to bright colors to help restore a sense of optimism. Yellow is cheerful, orange is playful, and red evokes passion and enthusiasm. Even traditionally soothing blue and green are appearing in stimulating shades.