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If you are thinking about redecorating your sleeping environment, think about the color effects, too.
The Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui believes that color choices should be intuitive, and therefore, made on the basis of which of the five energy elements you were born into. The five elements are wood (green), metal (white), fire (red), water (blue or black) and earth (yellow). Your birth element should not dominate your entire color scheme, but it may be the color you need more of in your home.
Earthy colors, i.e.: ochre, sienna, terracotta, peach, apricot, nutty browns, etc. enhance our connection with the earth, which makes us feel grounded. The use of these colors can help "pull you down out of your mind," and therefore motivate you to follow your dreams.
Pink, peach, apricot, and warm tan are colors that promote love vibrations, and may help heal a broken heart, or ease grieving.
Light creamy yellow on walls and golden yellow on furnishings, can stimulate the mind and assist you with clear thinking
The colors in harmony with our "inner vibrations" are our ‘soul colors.’ We can determine what these colors by asking ourselves, "What color would I want to be, if I was a color?" and "What two colors do I most often chose to wear?"
General rules

  • Light and cool colors can make a space seem bigger

  • Dark and warm colors can be used in large rooms to keep the space from feeling vast

  • Pastels can make a room feel bigger and often have a calming, peaceful effect

  • Warm colors feel right in colder climates cool colors feel right in warmer climates

  • Red suggests aggression, hostility, heat, stop, error, warning, danger, error, fire, lushness and passion. Red & black is a classic combination. Some say red enhances the appetite

  • Green is associated with nature the pastoral and general well-being. Green also suggests envy and jealousy. Green should not be overused.

  • Yellow suggests the sun, expansiveness, happiness and high spirits. Yellow commands attention and suggests caution. It can be used successfully as a highlight

  • Blue suggests the peaceful, the sad and water. Blue is often associated with the male. Blue is a cool color and can visually expand a room. Blue goes well with warm colors and materials

  • Black can have negative sociological connotations like evil, mourning, ghostly, night, death and fear. However, black can be very stylish and and modern. Black works well as an accent with other colors

  • White suggests the virginal, the innocent, the cold and the clean. White walls can encourage turnover and are in keeping with the bright, clean atmosphere. Too much white can contribute to glare.

  • Dark browns suggest masculinity, lighter browns warmth and femininity. A neutral background allows for flexibilityGold has a warming influence and can help offset cold materials like stone or brighten dark materials like dark wood

  • Gold has a warming influence and can help offset cold materials like stone or brighten dark materials like dark wood

  • Chrome is neutral, cold, hard and clean. Mirrored surfaces add color by reflection. Suggests modern style as well as antique style ( Deco ) and nostalgic (1950's. )

Primary Color Caution

Researchers tell us that we should use soft rose colors in bedrooms as these hues have a calming effect. If you don't feel at home in a "pink" room, the warmth of coral, peach, and other tones of the orange family work well too.

Primary colors can brighten up bathrooms, kitchens, playrooms, and dark corners such as stairways or hallways.

If you have a very active child who has difficulty concentrating, avoid the over-stimulation of bright reds and yellows in his or her bedroom. You can use those as accent or accessory colors, but walls, floors and ceilings should be designed to soothe and calm the spirit.


Red is the most dominant, stimulating, inherently intense color in the spectrum. A weighty color, it's an attention grabber and when introduced into a room it will become the power base of that room. Makes objects and walls seem closer.

Orange is slightly less intense than red. In decor it is most popular in its tinted form of peach or salmon or in shades of coral or terra-cotta. Makes objects and walls seem closer.

Yellow, the lightest and most translucent, and, in its purest form, brightest of all the colors. Its brightness makes it great for illuminating spaces. Makes objects and walls seem closer.

Green is the most neutral color of the spectrum, especially in its yellower hues. Its widely considered to be calm and restful. Makes objects and walls seem farther away.

Blue is a chilly color, but it's still considered soothing. We see it as the color of air and water, which makes it both a cerebral and an emotional color that can evoke either serenity or sadness. Makes objects and walls seem farther away.

Violet (or purple) is the most short lived of hues and is associated with shadows. It can be a somber color when used on its own, but can add a lot of atmosphere when mixed with another color. Makes objects and walls seem farther away.

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Further Reading:

Trading Spaces: Color
Whether you're looking to make a TV room more soothing or a kitchen more lively, this home-decorating guide by the folks behind the popular Discovery Network television show Trading Spaces provides a wealth of ideas for using color to renovate a space. The book presents more than a dozen of the makeovers that have appeared in the show's episodes, organizing them by "end goal." For example, a renovation that transforms a pale blue-and-yellow room into a lavish brown-and-gold den falls under the chapter on creating a "Dramatic Finale" (rooms "to elicit oohs and aahs"); the conversion of rosy pine bedroom into a Zen-like taupe-and-bamboo retreat appears in the chapter "Meditate on This." Though some of the Trading Spaces books can dizzy the reader with the haphazard variety of their ideas, this volume avoids such pitfalls by focusing on one specific design concept. The design of the book is cluttered, however, with multiple fonts, big pull-quotes and a general air of chaotic enthusiasm. A quiz ("What's Your Color Attitude?"), a listings guide to different episodes, and handy how-tos (e.g., tips on applying gold leaf, arranging flowers and laying carpet tiles) round out this volume's offerings.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The New Color Book: 45,000 Color Combinations for Your Home
With almost 200,000 copies sold, The Color Book has proven itself the must-have color manual for the home decorator. Now completely revised and updated, and featuring all-new colors in fresh and contemporary palettes, this new edition invigorates the best-selling classic. Professional designers and decorators know what effect a change in color will have, but for many of us, choosing paint still feels like a bit of a gamble. We may love that deep rose color on the paint chip, but what will it actually look like on the wall, against oak flooring and a cream ceiling? With The New Color Book, anyone can instantly see what colors will work, and what colors won't. Ninety-six pages, each cut horizontally into three sections -- floor, walls, and ceiling -- can be flipped separately to instantly mix-and-match a vast array of colors. Covering the bathroom, bedroom, living room, and kitchen, The New Color Book visually demonstrates 45,000 different color combinations, offering near endless inspiration and tangible assistance in selecting the perfect color scheme for every room. The accompanying text presents an accessible guide to choosing and mixing colors, while a color key and practical directory offer additional resources. Decorators will like using the unique mix-and-match method to help clients make smart choices, while the do-it-yourself crowd can use it to identify the best color combinations for every room, without resorting to the expense and frustration of trial and error.


Color Palettes: Atmospheric Interiors Using the Donald Kaufman Color Collection
Even if you know what your favorite colors are, you may be unsure about covering your living space with them. Yet with the right approach, colors can greatly enhance--even create--the visual and emotional appeal of any room. Properly chosen, color can make a smaller room seem larger, a cavernous space seem cozy; it can add structure or introduce simplicity. Drawing on a palette of 26 full-spectrum colors, this book demystifies color properties, explaining how to plan a palette that will work wonders throughout a home. Learn how intensity, light and shadow, background tones, contrast, and architectural details all play a part in a successful color scheme. Find the colors for your walls, doors, and trim that will make everything in the room come alive. By adapting ideas from this beautifully photographed book, you can create an interior you love, enlivened with the colors that are both right for the space and for your own personal style. --Amy Handy


Color in Interior Design
Create dazzling color schemes for any indoor space. You'll quickly sharpen your color skills--and open the door to a more rewarding and profitable career with John F. Pile's Color in Interior Design. He takes the mystery out of working with color, showing you step-by-step how to plan color relationships in an organized and systematic way...prepare color schemes for interiors...make color charts...select materials...put together color samples...work with additive and subtractive color...understand the psychological impact of color...use color in functional spaces...and solve a wide range of practical color problems. This hands-on color design tool packs illustrations of the best color work by well-known professionals--plus a survery of color in historic interiors that will guide you through restoration and adaptive reuse projects.


Color for Interior Design
Color has always played an important role in interior design, from the earth-toned halls of ancient Cretan palaces to the bright surfaces of modern homes. Yet most people are largely unaware of the way in which color affects their surroundings. In this comprehensive introduction, readers discover the impact that color has on the way they see the world and learn how to effectively use color to beautify their environment.
With a wealth of information and images, the book is divided into three parts: a history of interiors from the perspective of color systems, an easy-to-understand outline of color theory and its underlying science, and a practical guide to using color to enhance interior settings and create specific effects. From James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room in Washington D.C., to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in provincial France, to a Prairie-style interior by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ethel Rompilla shows how color creates the world in which we live. This lavishly illustrated volume is an indispensable and accessible guide for the professional and amateur decorator alike. AUTHOR BIO: Ethel Rompilla is a professor of color theory at the New York School of Interior Design in Manhattan, as well as a highly regarded interior designer. She lives in New York City. The New York School of Interior Design is an accredited school of interior design offering programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in interior design. The school is located in New York City.


Color Your Home
Color Your Home is a personal, intuitive exploration of vibrant, sensual colors in nature, and an easy-to-use guide for expressing our passions and selves in the colors we choose to adorn our homes. But how does one go beyond the "rules" of color to discover what hues inspire and drive us and show us how to incorporate them into living spaces? Design expert and author Carol Bass encourages everyone to throw out the rules and start fresh by building a new relationship with color through nature and the outdoors. She shows how to identify colors that stimulate and thrill us as individuals, making it easy to explore this connection and create charm, warmth, and a unique sense of individuality.


Susan Sargent's The Comfort of Color: inspire * transform * create
Whether it's a studio apartment or a rambling farmhouse, any home can be enhanced by color, argues Sargent in this effervescent, eye-popping guide to using color in interior design. Having spent much of her career as a weaver and dyer, Sargent is well qualified to be a color coach. She prefers bright, strong colors that stimulate the senses, because adding color to a home is uplifting (plus, "life is too short for beige"). To prove this point, Sargent and her team make over eight houses in vibrant colors, taking their cues from the homeowners' most treasured possessions and using paint and textiles in unconventional ways. The results are zesty and invigorating, though it would have helped to include more "before" shots of each home to show the extent of the transformations. In other entertaining sections, Sargent expounds on the psychological effects of various colors: a page called "Where Chromophobia Meets Homophobia" explains why even the most enlightened New Age man will balk at having his bedroom painted pink. Sargent's enthusiasm and energy make her a cheery guide and potential design diva, though she points out that she'd rather emulate Julia Child than "the M-woman." Accordingly, she balances information on color theory and compatible hues with the welcome advice to simply "Get messy!" and have fun with color. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


The Power of Color: Creating Healthy Interior Spaces
"COLOR is literally the 'wavelength' medicine of the future. It calls to us and asks us to recognize its value as an alternative medicine that the environment can provide." —from The Power of Color
THE FIRST PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CREATING HEALTHY INTERIORS WITH COLOR
Working from the scientifically based premise that the use of full-spectrum color on finishes and surfaces is essential to creating a healthy man-made environment, Sara O. Marberry and Laurie Zagon arm design professionals with:

  • A complete methodology and clear, easy-to-follow guidelines to designing with full-spectrum color without compromising style or client preferences
  • A concise refresher course in color theory
  • Detailed analyses of more than 20 projects for a wide range of public and private spaces, including healthcare facilities, schools, day-care centers, hotels, and offices
  • Color charts that break down proportions of hue, value, and chroma for each project discussed
  • A project showcase featuring more than 40 full-color photographs, bringing vividly to life all of the examples discussed

Express Yourself with Color
Unique, interactive handbook combines color preference quizzes, inspiring photography, and how-to advice and tips.

Helps readers create fresh, new color schemes based on their existing furnishings.

Teaches reader how to choose background colors that transform existing furnishings into lively new schemes.

Teaches the reader how to create a personal palette, how to use the color wheel for real life situations, and how to work with today's most popular, pretty, and classic palettes.

Offers specific how-to painting projects, plus a bonus tip selection on paint choices, techniques, advice, and insider pro tips.


Color Harmony for Interior Design: A Guidebook for Creating Great Color Combinations for Your Home
A new addition to the best-selling Color Harmony series, Color Harmony for Interior Design guides readers through eighteen color styles with more than 500 color combinations for creating atmosphere with color. This book is the ultimate resource for selecting colors that create style and mood whether the desired effect is a romantic room, a calm space, or an energized interior. Stunning four-color photographs of interiors and decorative elements illustrate each mood, and chapters include the trademarked Color Harmony color palettes, mood associations, plus oversized swatches and lifestyle associations of colors. Design tips and color-use tips provide solutions for applying the right color combinations to the right rooms whether the project is a single wall or an entire floor plan. This essential color tool offers palettes for every mood, design checkpoints for weighing color with patterns, textures, and shapes, and expert advice on how to combine and use beautiful infusions of color.


Color Your Home Beautiful: Ideas and Solutions
Color Your Home Beautiful shows how to use color to create style and atmosphere in your home. Guiding the reader through many styles and hundreds of color combinations, the book explores how the right colors on walls, furniture, and fabrics can create harmony and a sense of well being in the home. Full color photographs and trademarked Color Harmony color palettes are used throughout to illustrate the various mood and lifestyle associations that color combinations can create. These illustrations, along with decorating tips, historic and artistic origins of color, and more help the reader to come up with the right combination for specific rooms and styles.


Interior Style: How to Use Color Throughout Your Home
Color is interior design’s hardest-working tool.It’s the one element that can alter our mood, influence the way we see space, camouflage imperfections, give us an instant taste of drama or serenity. Paint is the easiest, most effective, and most inexpensive way of achieving those effects -- the quickest, most powerful way to transform any room.

But sifting through hundreds or thousands of color chips in the paint store can be daunting. You can start with your favorite colors, or copy a scheme you saw at a neighbor’s house, or play it safe and stay with the same color you already have, but that doesn’t always guarantee decorating success. In Interior Style, the experts at Benjamin Moore share more than 100 years of know-how and advice on what does generate success. Chapter by chapter, color family by color family, Interior Style explains how anyone can master the art of using color. Rich photographs of interiors take the guesswork our of choosing a palette and pairing colors because each is matched to specific Benjamin Moore paints.

Interior Style explores the properties of color; how it behaves in both natural and artificial light; how colors look next to one another -- within a room, from room to room, or in conjunction with furnishings; how to incorporate neutrals, whites and off-whites without becoming bland; how to use extreme, bold colors without being overpowered; how any other color palette can be used in your home. Plus, in a special how-to section Benjamin Moore’s technical experts share their practical know-how.


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