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Meaning of Colors

By February 23, 2016September 21st, 2018No Comments

Color can have a significant impact on how we feel, perceive something, and react to things. Different colors can elicit feelings throughout the house subconsciously. Consider the meaning of the colors. Which colors are best for some rooms and not others, and why.


Consider the meaning of yellow. It is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow evokes a pleasant, cheerful feeling. It is a great color to use in spaces that you want to be uplifting. Due to that, it would be good to have in an office, child’s room, kitchen or even a family room where there are gatherings of friends, family, and acquaintances.


Blue is popular because it is considered with stability providing a calming and serene feeling. In home décor it can be used as a neutral (think blue jeans), to combine other colors within a room. Blue, of course, is associated with water so it is a perfect color for bathrooms, due to the calming effect. It is considered to suppress appetites probably because we have very little blue food. It would not be a choice then for a kitchen or dining area.

Blue bath

Red is a very popular color in décor because of the energy it gives off, its stimulating visibility is full of ego. It would be a great color for a child’s playroom or an exercise room. Red, orange and bright yellow are two very subjective colors though. Be careful when considering in home décor. Due to the boldness, these should be avoided as a paint color on walls if you are trying to sell your home.

When we think of the outdoors green comes to mind. Consider the trees and grass. Green is associated with newness, nourishment and a fresh start. It is believed to relieve stress and is easy on the eyes- probably why you see shades of green in places of healing.

green living room

But when choosing colors for your home do not rule out what are considered neutral colors- gray, whites, browns. These are great for connecting spaces with color, but they are also great for spaces to play up a color. Both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore picked neutral whites for 2016 Color of the year for the serenity and calmness they can create, but also giving individuals the ability to offset other colors if one so chooses.   Neutral colors also help highlight architectural details which is important when selling a house; you want buyers to be looking at the house, not at the “things” within the room.

Color does play a big role in the feeling of rooms, so when choosing, it is usually the last design element to go into the room, but one of the important details to set the entire mood. If you are thinking of changing your colors, feeling something is not quite right in a room, consult a professional to help you ensure that what you are painting will convey exactly what you intend. Do you have a color story you can share? I would love to hear.

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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