Apartment Decorating: The Psychology of Color

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Understanding the psychology of color is helpful when it comes to apartment decorating as you’re usually decorating a small or confined area. Therefore, color can give a smaller area the illusion that it’s bigger than it actually is as well as lend a certain feeling of warmth to a space. To under stand color psychology better, it’s good to know a little bit about the color wheel.

Primary Colors, Tints and Shades

All shades, hues or tints are made up of three primary colors. These colors form the basis for creating decorating schemes that will influence one’s perception of space and the level of comfort he feels when he enters a room. Primary colors include yellow, red and blue. When you mix any of these colors-such as blue and red-you create a secondary color. So the aforementioned blue and red results in purple; red and yellow create orange and blue and yellow create green. Adding white to any hue creates a tint while adding black creates shading.

Warm Colors

Colors that give you a warm, cozy feeling tend to be on the red or orange side of the spectrum. Therefore, these colors can range from red and purple to yellow and green. Warm colors will give any room a smaller more compact feel.

Cool Colors and Neutrals

Cool colors on the other hand are represented mainly by shades of blue to green. These colors are preferable when decorating the smaller spaces represented by most apartments as they seemingly make the apartment look bigger than it is as well as give it a more relaxed, although cooler, feel. Neutral shades such as beige or tan also add dimension to a confined space such as an apartment.

Monochromatic Color Schemes

For contemporary interiors as well as smaller spaces, a monochromatic color scheme is simple and therefore easy to achieve when used in apartment decorating. To make this type of color arrangement interesting, choose a light shade of your selected color on the woodwork or molding, a pale but deeper shade of the same color on the walls and a deep shade of the preferred color on the floor. For instance, if you choose various shades of blue, you will effect a spacious yet tranquil effect in your room’s decor. Using more neutral tones or cool colors, such as pale blues and greens, will give your room a feeling of spaciousness yet a tranquil feel.

Adding Drama

If you wish to give your apartment a more dramatic feel, then using complementary colors will achieve this effect. However, you want to make sure the colors are contrasting not clashing. Use colors placed opposite each other on the color wheel. For instance, use colors such as orange and blue, purple and yellow, and red and green. To enlarge a small space, tone down the colors or combine two complementary colors.

As you can see, color greatly influences the way you feel or interact in your living area. Once you understand a little bit about its dynamics, you can choose a color scheme that will work for you.

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