Your Guide to Picking the Right Color

            Are you too confused or scared to decide what colors your room should incorporate? You’re not alone! Many people fear choosing the wrong color and being stuck with it for years. That fear is why so many people choose grey fabrics and plain white walls.  While there’s nothing wrong with being neutral, adding colors can help change the room’s atmosphere, which has many benefits.

When thinking about color it’s important to consider the “feeling” a color will give off in the room.

Neutrals (Greys): Neutrals are a great choice if you plan on an explosion of color with accents like throw pillows, rugs, and artwork.  Too much neutral can make the room feel cold. If you plan on going very neutral, some warm materials like exposed wood / brick can balance out the coolness of the space.

Yellow: Yellow brings joy and happiness to a room. Use this color for smaller spaces like hallways and bathrooms to make the space feel bigger and more cheerful.  However, large amounts of yellow should be avoided since it can build up feelings of anger. In addition, studies have shown that babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.

Red: Reds are intense and great for building up liveliness. Using them in a living room will kindle conversation and excitement. They can also be used in the dining room and kitchen, since red colors boost appetites.

Green: Green is relaxing and can help you unwind after a long day. It’s not as harsh on the eye and is believed to help with fertility, as such you’ll often see it used in the bedroom.

Blue: Blue is calming and as such can help lower blood pressure. It’s a popular choice for bathrooms since it complements the water / aquatic nature of the room. When using blue in a big room, opt for warmer shades, since very light colors can come off as washed out under natural light.

Orange: Orange represents excitement, so it is more suited for activity rooms rather than relaxation rooms. Orange is a great complementary color when used sparingly with more neutral colors to add some energy to a calm space.

Purple: Purple often comes off as classy and elegant. Darker shades can add a sense of depth, while lighter shades are great complementary colors to be used in conjunction with blues for a calming effect.

Once you pick a color, it can be helpful to look at complementary colors for the rest of your decorating.  A color wheel is a great place to look to see what colors go well with each other. Colors that are opposite of each other on the wheel are complementary. This means that when used together, they come off as more vivid. Colors that are next to each other on the wheel are corresponding; they go well together because they have a similar hue. Remember, every color has different shades and hues that will have a dramatic effect on how intense or subdued the color will appear in the room. Once you have a color/colors in mind you can visit any of our three locations to see the hundreds of available fabric options.