Before deciding you’re going to go with that beautiful maroon swatch, get a better idea of what that color will bring to your home long term. Color Theory isn’t something that is easily understood by everyone. Put those eyebrows down and just here me out for a sec. Color theory is just a simple understanding of the Primary Colors, how they create Secondary Colors, and the beautiful pairings of Complimentary Colors.
Primary Colors are easily defined as colors that cannot be created, such as red, blue, and yellow. Secondary Colors are created by mixing Primary Colors together, such as green, orange, and purple. Complimentary Colors are those colors that ironically complement each other. These colors, as shown on the color wheel I’ve provided as reference, are directly across the wheel from each other. These colors will be the best used together to create the most esthetically pleasing rooms in your home. This specific Color Wheel adds a little more in-depth detail on analogous colors and understanding what adding black or white to a color creates.
Color has a whole lot behind it, artists study it continuously to understand its effects on a person’s emotions, what combinations are most esthetically pleasing and what people connect with when exposed to a specific color. Seems like a lot, but here is a quick break down of each color for reference as you channel your inner “Interior Designer”.
+ LOVE, PASSION, DESIRE, HEAT, ENERGY, STRENGTH, FRIENDLY
– DANGER, ANGER, WARNING, DOMINANCE
Complimentary Color: Green
Many believe that Red means love, it’s a very strong color that evokes intense and passionate emotions. You’ll find a lot of restaurants use red because it also encourages your appetite. Carefully consider these points when choosing red for your any room.
+ SECURITY, TRANQUILITY, LOYALTY, INTELLIGENCE, PEACE, INTEGRITY, TRUST, FERTILITY, PRIDE, HIGH STATUS
– COLDNESS, MASCULINITY, FEAR, SADNESS
Complementary Color: Orange
Being the most preferred color by men, it allows your mind to experience a sense of calmness. Many offices use Blue as their main color not only in their logos but also their office spaces, simply because somehow it promotes productivity.
+ SENERGY, INTUITION, SOOTH, RESTRAINT, HAPPY, PERKY, JOY, BRIGHT, SUNNY, INTELLECT, WARM, ENERGETIC
– UNSTABLE, IRRESPONSIBLE
Complementary Color: Purple
Super bright yellows make it difficult on your eyes and may cause fatigue. Although soft shades of yellow help create an energetic and cheerful vibe, use sparingly in select rooms you want to brighten not only the room but your emotions as well.
+ POWER, COURAGE, HIGH ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM, SUCCESS, CONFIDENCE, FRIENDLINESS, EXCITEMENT
– IGNORANCE, SLUGGISHNESS, CAUTION
Complementary Color: Blue
Sunsets are typically filled with different hues of orange. Fill your home with that same bright and warm environment to bring out that extra energy you have hiding away. When adding earthy tones you convey that visual comfort that allows people to get cozy and stay a while.
+ HEALTHY, HAPPY, SWEET, LOVE,COMPASSION, FEMININE, CALMING, PLAYFUL, ROMANCE, NICE, CHARMING
– IMMATURITY, WEAK
Complementary Color: Light Green
Pink creates a sense of sweetness, typically favored with little girls for it’s cheerful emotions. It’s what I like to call a “feel good” color. I recommend using pinks in spaces that you spend limited amount of time in.
+ PURIFICATION, NOBILITY, SPIRITUALITY, NOSTALGIA, FEMININITY, ROYAL, GRANDEUR, LUXURY, WEALTH, AMBITION
– MYSTERY, MOODINESS
Complementary Color: Yellow
The absolute, for sure, way to introduce luxury. Purple has this deep connection with royalty throughout history that it’s no wonder we make an automatic association of sophistication. Regardless which you choose, rich eggplant or a soft lavender, purple will be one of your favorite additions to any room.
+ FERTILITY, HEALTH, NATURE, TRANQUILITY, MONEY, ECO
– UNSTABLE, IRRESPONSIBLE
Complementary Color: Red
Although Green and Red together are connected to everything Christmas related, Green all on it’s own carries it’s own sense of magic. When added to a room, the mood instantly changes, creating a more tranquil environment, emulating a warmth that fights off depression and creates a sense of comfort. Play with the range of hues, tints, and shades to create the perfect mood for your home.
+ EARTH, LONGEVITY, CONSERVATIVE, OUTDOORS, FRIENDLY
– DOGMATIC, CONSERVATIVE
Complementary Color: Light Blue
Get real cozy in your home using the earthy tone that Brown has to offer in all it’s wonderful hues, shades and tones. With your down-to-earth rooms, you’re sure to stay grounded in just about everything you do. Having an ability to focus on any tasks at hand and offer a comfortable and safe environment for relaxation.
+ SLIMMING, CLASSY, DRAMATIC, FORMALITY, ELEGANCE, PROTECTION, LUXURY, SOPHISTICATION
– EVIL, MOURNING, DEATH, MYSTERY
Complementary Color: since Black is the result of all colors being present, White is the appropriate complement due to the lack of any color.
Some personalities can pull off completely black rooms, but very few. Black tends to make spaces feel very small very quickly, even as just an accent wall. With the right accents, like purple, black can also give this sense of luxury and sophistication.