The Meaning of Colors

November 9, 2011

in Design Ideas

meaning of colorThe Meaning of Colors

Color plays such a quiet, strong influence on us that sometimes we do not even realize that our surrounding’s color actually can alter our mood.

Needless to say, when you buy/sell a home, whether a beach area property, a suburban neighborhood or country home,  the colors you use to paint the walls and decorate with will have an influence on not only the theme of the home but the moods that may result from the color theme of the room.

I did a quick survey of some of my friends about what bedroom paint color they liked best. Here are a few remarks I received:

  • “Mauve with white trim…very calming”master bedroom color walls
  • “Soft green, it’s soothing”
  • “Gray….think fog, not battleship”
  • “I painted my master bedroom ‘green’, I wanted to just stay in my room – very calming, felt very peaceful. I have white trim and love it.”
  • “A beautiful blue “contemplation” from home depot – the color evokes serenity and peace – it has an under tone of green”
  • “Sage green is on my walls now… supposed to have a calming effect”.

I found it interesting to see that some of the colors are cool and some warmer, such as mauve.  Now, the Mauve person lives in the North, so maybe there is a desire to feel warmth in the northern bedroom!  But then again, another northerner said blue with green… so that kicks the warm theory, lol.

Anyway, a paint quality specialist, Debbie Zimmer, www.paintquality.com, of Paint Quality Institute in Philadelphia, suggests the following room color ideas:

Purple: Reserve for a daughter’s room, purple evoking the ability to stimulate brain activity.

Blue: Great for bedrooms because it is known to slow the pulse rate and lover the body temperature.

Green: Known for its soothing effect, represents renewal, youth and vigor and is another good choice for bedrooms.

Yellow: A great decorating color, it imparts happiness and optimism.

Orange: Flamboyant, it is an attention getter and gives warmth and energy. (I think it sounds like a good gym color!)

Red: Makes the heart beat faster, associated with desire and passion, it is perfect for dining rooms and adult bedrooms!

Now that you have read a paint specialist’s opinion, let me introduce more information I dug up on the internet about the meaning of color and its influence:

Red: A color of love, war, determination, danger, strength and power.
Light red
:
represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink
:
signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red
:
is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice
Brown:
suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown
: is associated with harvest and fall.
Orange
:
combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
Dark orange
:
can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange:
corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold:
evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
Yellow
:
is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Dull (dingy yellow):
represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow:
is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.
Green
:
the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Dark green:
is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green:
can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua:
is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green:
is the traditional color of peace.
Blue
:
is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Light blue:
is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness
Purple
:
combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Light Purple:
evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark Purple
:
causes gloom and sad feelings, sometimes frustration.
White
:
is associated with cleanliness, purity, goodness.  Angels wear white.  White is used in hospitals.
Black
: is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. However, is can denote strength and power along with giving a formal air.  Black is used in galleries to make the colors of art pieces pop.  Black may be mysterious but has a multitude of connotations.

Color used on homes plays a huge part in the sensation of an area, revealing the architect and attitude of the neighbor.

Along 30A, in South Walton County and along the beaches of Destin, the homes’ color palette varies tremendously.  There are wonderful vibrant paSeaside houses showing various colorsstels used on the homes in Seaside, FL that simply make you feel “ beachy”, frivolous and carefree.  More formal approaches are taken in the color schemes used in Destiny by the Sea (in Destin), using terra cottas and deep beige tones.  The soft beiges, whites and creams are popular in the Moorish influenced areas of Rosemary Beach and Seacrest Beach areas.  These quiet colors allow the intricate architect of the buildings and homes to stand out along the crystal, clear waters of the Emerald Coast.

Drive down Scenic 98 in Destin and along 30A in South Walton and feast your eyes on a color palette that will please all your senses.

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