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Choosing the right Colors for your Home

The world is a painting made of various colours; each colour evoking an unique effect on our psyche. The clear blue sky above appears like God’s blessing over us and the green plants remind us of His protective presence around us. While a red rose may convey passionate love, a soft yellow rose conveys the warmth of friendship. Pink and white symbolize eternal purity of feelings and orange takes us to a divine high.

Our home is our world; a dream world, where we want all the love, peace and beauty of the world to be with us always. Colors play an important role in maintaining peace and harmony among the people living in a house. Therefore it is important to carefully select the colors for your house and its different rooms. Your choice of color reflects not only your personality, but it also effects your general mood and well-being. Here’s a list of emotions that different colors evoke-

  • Red- The color red stands for bravery and power. Red is a highly stimulating color. It is so full of energy, results of some studies have shown it to have caused increased blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.
  • Yellow- Yellow reflects the brightness and joy of sunshine. It gives a sense of patience and wisdom.
  • Orange- Orange stands for spirituality. Shades of orange has warmth, happiness and energy.
  • Green- The color of nature, green is a symbol of freshness, hope, health and harmony.
  • Blue- Blue is calming color symbolizing new growth and relaxation.
  • Pink- Pink reflects happiness and purity.
  • White- White stands for eternal purity.

What to consider before color selection?

  1. Purpose of the room- Every room in the house serves a specific purpose and mood. Rooms meant for relaxation should have soft and soothing colors which calm the mind. Rooms where family members intend to sit and enjoy together should have energetic colors which infuse warmth, joyful conversation.
  2. The amount of natural light in the room- Colors have the capacity to brighten up the room. Rooms which receive direct sunlight can have darker shades as dark colors absorb light. But shades of bright yellow or orange should be avoided in rooms or walls which receive plenty of direct sunlight. Light colors reflect light and hence should be used in darker areas.
  3. Size of the room- Colors can be effectively used to make a room appear smaller or larger. Light colors have an expansive and airy feel. They make the room appear larger, spacious and brighter. Dark colors make the wall appear to be closer to the eyes, hence making the room appear smaller. Darker shades being sophisticated and warm can give rooms a more intimate appearance.
  4. Shape of the room- If the room is rectangular, the smaller walls can be painted in darker shades to give a shorter appearance to the otherwise loom.
  5. Direction- The direction of the room determines the amount and duration of natural light it receives. Light shades should be preferred for the darker rooms and brighter/dark colors can be used for the brighter rooms. Depending on the room’s direction and the ruling planet of different directions, Vaastu shashtra prescribes the following colors-
    • North- Green
    • North east- Shades of yellow
    • North West – White
    • East- White
    • West- Blue
    • South- Pink and shades of red
    • South east- White
    • South west- Green
  6. Your favourite colors- Go for the colors you like, because your favorite colors are naturally the ones that make you happy. Before finalizing on the colors, think about how the particular color makes you feel personally.

Drawing Room – Drawing room is typically meant for entertaining guests. In small homes the drawing room is also used as the living room. Therefore, whether you receive guests or relax with your family, this room should exude warmth and relaxation, both. The color should be warmly welcoming. It should stimulate energy in a comfortable manner, so as to encourage lively conversation. Orange, peach, yellow, and shades of red can be selected for the drawing room. Paint the walls that receive more light, in bright/darker hues. Dark colors should preferably be used on one important wall only. The other three walls should be painted in a light contrast color or lighter shade of the brighter color used on the main wall.

Dining room – Dining room is again a place where we gather as a family for meals. This room therefore should have a happy mood that inspires good conversation and a hearty meal. Warm shades like red and peach are ideal for dining room.

Bedroom – Bedroom is meant for relaxation. It should have a soothing romantic feel to it too. Blue and green are the most favored colors for bedrooms as they are soothing for the eyes and have a calming effect. Green is considered ideal for newly wed couples as it symbolizes fertility. Blue exudes the calm of the deep sea and the sky, which effectively calms the mind and induces peaceful sleep.

A pastel blue or green may look pretty on the color chart, but it may turn out to be unpleasantly chilly when put on the wall, especially in a room that receives less natural light. So avoid very bright shades and go for medium ones and subdue the total effect by using contrasts like white or cream on other walls of the room.

While green and blue are for relaxation, pink and purple are romantic colors. Soft pink or purple give a cozy effect to the room.

Study room – This room needs to be calm and meditative, but at the same time not dull and boring. Green and yellow are ideal colors for study room.

Puja room – Yellow and white are ideal for puja room.

Kitchen – Kitchen can have colors like yellow and orange.

Quick tips

  • Try to achieve a balance by using combinations of light and dark colors. Bright and dark shades should be used on one wall, with its lighter shade or contrasting lighter shades on other walls. For example- dark blue with white/cream/light blue, dark green with light green/ white, cream/beige/brown, dark purple with light purple/pink/white, orange/peach with cream etc.
  • All white walls with white furnishing looks elegant too.
  • If you use same color furnishings as that of the walls, add a few bright contrasts here and there to break the monotony. For example, place green plants in an all blue room or a chocolate brown bed cover in a green room.
  • Avoid very dark colors on large areas.
  • If you want same color on all four walls, go for light shades.
  • Keep the ceiling white as it gives a feel of space and also reflects light all over the room.

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