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US Diploma Student Holly Kalisher with some important pointers that can be easy to overlook

To Color or not to Color, that is the Question



How many times did you dream about painting a room fire engine red, or luscious mango supreme for a splash of color, only to stop short at the paint department and ask your self "WHAT am I thinking? My family won't go for that!" I have no doubt that many of us have second thoughts about our first bold color choice, which most often gives way to the safe cream or off-white, leaving us disappointed, with a room washed out and too safe when we really wanted something else. How important is color? Look around the room you're in and imagine it without color, and everything is a slightly different shade of gray.

Color is light and light is energy. Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in us mere humans when we are exposed to certain colors.

Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. It can sway the way we think, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate, stimulate, tranquilize and soothe our soul.

Certain color effects are universal, such as that of "warm" and "cool" colors. Warm colors generally include red, orange, yellow, and yellow-green. They speed up our perception of time and produce feelings that are warm, cozy, and inviting. Warm colors are associated with excitement, happiness and comfort. Cool colors generally include violet, blue, and green. Emotions associated with these colors range from calm and peace to sadness and withdrawal.

What color is right for you? Look at your floors, carpets, or a large piece of furniture that you already have and that could be your starting point. When choosing colors bear in mind how color can influence your room, take into account a room's entire function and mood, and see how the color in question will complement your decor.

BLUES are cool, calming and restful, like the sky and the ocean, and are often used in bedrooms.
REDS are stimulating and exciting, and often good to use on an accent wall. Red is also considered the color of love.
GREENS are cool and calming and remind us of nature, and are popular decorating colors.
YELLOWS are bright and joyful. Sunny yellow is an attention getter. It is a difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if not used carefully.
WHITES and tints make a room appear larger. White reflects light and is considered a summer color.

With all the wonderful colors out there waiting for you to create your own unique space, remember that just a little bit can make all the difference. Happy designing!

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