Adding color to a room
is the cheapest way to change a room if your budget does not allow
for a complete makeover. Color can make or break a room. It
can be the difference between a bland room and a
"wow" room. It can also awaken your senses or create
Before deciding on a
color for a room, it may help to know the psychology of color.
Certain colors evoke certain feelings. For instance, red is an
energizing, fun, and vibrant color. Some say that red induces
hunger, which may be the reason you will see red in many
restaurants. Blue is a soothing, calming color. Blue can
be used in a room where you want to relax and unwind. The
color green has the same effects as the color blue. Yellow is
bright and exciting. It can make you feel cheerful and happy.
Colors can also open up or shrink a room. If your room is
small, choosing a lighter color for the walls can make the room
appear larger. Darker colors can create a cozier room and make
it feel smaller.
When deciding on a color
for a room, it may be as simple as picking your favorite color.
Sometimes it is not that easy. The theme of the room may not
be compatible with the color you choose. The black you may
choose to paint the walls will not be conducive to the country theme
you chose to decorate the room. You can find color inspiration
from the furniture or accessories already in the room.
Choosing a color to paint a room that is already in the room
provides a sense of cohesiveness and gives it a designer's touch.
One suggestion before you paint the entire room - tape a couple
paint chips onto the wall or paint only a small portion of the wall
and wait a couple days to see if the color is actually to your
liking. When choosing colors for your room for the first time,
try to stick to a two to three color palette so you don't feel
Adding color to your
home does not mean you have to paint the walls. It can be as
easy as adding colorful accent pieces such as rugs, pillows, vases,
etc. Beautiful artwork can also add color and drama to a room.
Color does not
necessarily mean bold and bright. It can be a smooth,
rich chocolate brown accenting a monochromatic décor.
Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to have fun with
Maria Palma is a
writer, painter, jewelry designer, interior decorator, and real
estate consultant based in San Diego, California. She received her
degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico, but
realized that she wanted to pursue her artistic passions. She has
two websites: Salon de Maria (http://www.salondemaria.info),
which showcases her art, and Home Solutions (http://www.homesolutionssandiego.com),
a resource for real estate and home decorating in the San Diego