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Creating A Mood With Color

May 13, 2013

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Color is probably the most powerful element of design for creating a mood. Emotional reactions to color are relative, but there are definitely recurring themes. Most find blues and greens calming, while reds are energizing. The shade and intensity of the color matters a lot too. A very bold, dark red may seem overbearing while a light, pink red can be soft and sweet. I’m fascinated by the effect color has on our psychology. In the above adorable nook, a lovely soft mint green adds interest and playfulness.

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This space is serene and modern with white walls. All that’s needed to give it vibrancy are a couple jolts of bright color in the accessories. This is a great example of why I love white walls. You can change the whole vibe of the room so easily. Imagine if the pillow and box were both gray instead. The room would still be lovely, but with a much more toned-down, minimalist feel.

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I adore this feminine sitting area. Would you say this space is colorful? I would, and yet note how muted and soft most of the surfaces are. This is a superb backdrop of neutral pattern and texture. The colorful elements are carefully chosen, and however small they are they have a big impact. Keep this in mind if you want your home to be colorful but also feel grown-up and calming. For the biggest elements like wall and rug color you’ll want to choose colors like taupe, black, off-whites, or any color with a lot of gray added to the pigment which has a neutralizing effect. Then layer in the bold colors with accent furniture and accessories.

one | via my ideal home
two | Bo Bedre via desire to inspire
three | Design Manifest via Brunch at Saks

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  • Reply Brian May 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I really like that shade of green in the first room but what is the idea behind that photograph? It looks like some kind of medicine bottle.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers May 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      No idea what that photograph is, haha. It’s someone’s idea of art, clearly. I can think of much more interesting subjects for the photographs I would want to hang, but to each his own. :)

  • Reply Iris Interiors LLC May 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always. That built-in, stone window seat is gorgeous. What a cool idea.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers May 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Isn’t it though? I’m a fan of the reindeer hide for comfort. :)

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