Many people want to add color into their homes or business. Color in Design is very subjective and personal. People choice color based on many factors. Some choice a color because it is their favorite color, always used that color, etc. However in Design, color means different things. Color has a physiological effect on people. Here I am going to talk about some of that theory of color.
Warm colors include Red, Orange and Yellow, and variations of these colors.
Red – Is a very powerful color when used in Design. Especially when used in the purest form, you need to make sure you use it with caution, because it can be overpowering or overwhelming. Red can be very versatile, to add energy to the design you would use a brighter version and to add a more powerful or elegant aspect in design you should use darker shades. Red is associated with importance, example is “walking the Red carpet”.
Orange – Demands attention without being as overpowering as Red when used in Design. It is more inviting of a color verses the in your face color of Red.
Yellow – Is the brightest and most energizing of all the warm colors. Yellow is associated with happiness and sunshine. Using bright yellow invokes cheerfulness and using a softer yellow is commonly used for gender neutral design. For example in a nursery. Dark yellow or yellows with a gold-hue can be used as an antique or aged effect.
What does color mean in Design – Cool colors
What does color mean in Design – Neutral colors
Red – Strength, Power. Determination, Passion, Energetic
Pink – Soft, Romantic, Harmony, Nurturing
Burgundy – Expensive, Elegant
Beige or Tan – Neutral, Classic
Brown – Warmth,Wholesomeness, Secure, Durable
Purple – Royal, Creative, Imaginative, Wealth, Luxury
Lavender – Delicate, Feminine
Green – Soothing, Refreshing, Restful, Trustworthy
Yellow – Hope, Happiness, Calm, Friendly
Blue – Strength, Reliable, Trustworthy, Security
White – Clean, Simple, Innocent, Sterile
Orange – Energetic, Change, Movement, Modern, Fun
Grey – Conservative, Timeless, Formal, Soothing, Sophisticated
Black – Bold, Classic, Elegance, Formal