A Conversation With and About ColorObelisk Home
Color can speak louder than words. Color is a designer’s most powerful tool, used to harness emotion, create atmosphere, express style and influence mood. Color is not only intuitive but is our most accessible, affordable and effective means to create the perfect personal environment.
Color is very often the thing we recall most about a beautiful home, making a lasting impression on our psyches. Color is never an all-for-one decision as it affects each of us differently, based on factors ranging from our experiences, our cultural biases, our age, our visual acuity and simply– our brains.
While some cultures associate red with love, white with purity, black with death, others cultures believe white should be reserved for funerals and red worn by brides.
Despite the social and cultural reasons we perceive color differently all human beings do share a handful of common physiological responses to color. These rather “fool proof” universal color similarities are a great place to begin your personal color journey.
If you know the color red, increases metabolism, and attracts our attention the most, hence the red stop sign; red is probably not the best choice for a quiet, private retreat. Understanding that yellow stimulates the brain and explains the classic yellow note pad, you might avoid school buss yellow where you are trying to get the baby to nap.
If you are surrounded by chaos, pattern, color and noise all day you may actually need your home to be a tranquil and calming retreat. Cocoon yourself in soothing neutrals, tinted tones and monochromatic color.
Cheerful and inspiring oranges, pinks and yellows can brighten and energize your day? Saturated strong reds and purples may feel regal and majestic, but that strength might overwhelm you. A black and white color palette can appear classic and chic to some while others may feel the high contrast palette too arresting.
As the newest go-to color, gray is an extremely versatile, gender-neutral shade– appropriate for many lifestyles. Shades of time-tested gray are popular choices for those who prefer to be surrounded by an understated color with a wide range of possibility.
Depending on the saturation of the hue, a single color can communicate a multitude of moods. Think pink—sweet or strong, tinted or tart. Navy blue vs. baby blue, teal or turquoise–color is a very malleable medium.
Would a warm and earthy color palette feel welcoming and grounding after a long week of travel?
Could a restorative, naturally healing color palette of green be the best medicine after a long illness? You get the gest. Color is powerful and persuasive, and we are all susceptible to its charms. No “Pantone Color of the Year” is going to change our opinion of a color– it’s too cerebral. To create your perfect home—you have to make your very own, color decisions.
Be aware of how color affects you. Let color reach you, remind you, refresh and restore you. Choose color that accurately, genuinely speaks both to you and for you.