Las Vegas knows it best – certain colors make you feel certain things. Hence why everything there seems to be bright, flashing, red and very rarely cool colors like blue or violet. If you decide to paint the walls in your apartment while you live there, take how the color will make you feel into consideration along with how much you like it on its own. Being surrounded by a color can be dramatically different than having a piece of furniture or wearing a shirt of that same color.
Before moving onto general emotions evoked by specific colors, keep in mind that color is affected by other surrounding colors, which can harmonize or contrast and increase visual intensity and chaos. Complimentary colors which are opposites on the color wheel, are those colors which contrast the most, contrary to how it sounds. Also consider the variance within a hue of color, such as cool reds versus warm reds, etc. There is always a broad spectrum of color within an individual hue.
Red – vibrant, passionate, dangerous, sophisticated Red walls are not for the faint-hearted. They are often associated with luxurious interiors of old, enveloped in rich materials. Red interiors are not calming, but are intriguing. If you want your space to be exciting and unique, red is a great color to utilize. If you’re looking for a serene, relaxing space, this may not be the best choice of colors.
Pink– frivolous, feminine, tropical Pink is such a great color for interiors that is often underrated. Think the beach. Orangey pinks can instantly make you think of the coast, especially when combined with leaf green accents, and who doesn’t like thinking about the beach? Light, powder pinks like one of this year’s beloved Pantone colors (Rose Quartz 13-1520) are delicate, but modern and classy.
Orange – playful, energetic, fun-loving Orange interiors are bold and borderline wacky. I have personal experience here, having had a bright orange bedroom and it was a blast, but it is quite a commitment. Warm oranges are very sunny and jovial, while cooler oranges (think closer to the color of clay and burnt sienna) are earthy and rich.
Yellow – cheerful, distracting Yellow is the opposite of calming in terms of wall-color. It makes for energy-filled spaces. Be careful with yellow, though, because it is proven to cause anxiety in the neural responses it invokes.
Green – restful, natural, thought-provoking Green interiors obviously remind us of natural landscapes and the outdoors. Green walls are relatively calming, but deeper shades of green can be rich and luxurious feeling as well.
Blue – serene, relaxing, refreshing Blue is my go-to interior color. Deep blues are calming while lighter powdery blues can really be refreshing feeling. My personal favorite is a robin’s egg blue which is calm but still has a little playfulness to it. Blue is also a color associated with trust and can be great for a room in which you do a lot of entertaining.
Violet – creative, intriguing, regal – Violet or lighter shades of lilac are wonderful for a workspace or studio because they naturally are conducive to creative thought. Deep violet interiors immediately elevate a space’s sense of style, due to the long-standing association of violet with royalty and luxury. My favorite is a light, neutralized lilac, which can be a surprisingly attractive wall color and pairs great with deep burnt orange, jade colored, and white decor.