Red – Red is stimulating, bold and often considered the color of romance and passion. Use it to make a room feel intimate or feature the color on one wall to visually manipulate the proportions of a narrow room. Red is timeless, contemporary and can make a small dining alcove feel like a destination.
Orange – Orange conjures images of citrus fruit or a summer sunset and represents happiness and innovation. It has a reputation for being overwhelming, but variations like apricot and terra-cotta can inspire relaxation. A deep orange can feel bold during the day and lend a cozy, warm glow in the evening.
Yellow – Yellow adds optimism, prompting feelings of happiness in all who enter. It activates memory, stimulates the nervous system, promotes communication and sparks creativity. Control the hue and you control the mood. Muted yellow works well as a soothing neutral. A sun-kissed yellow brings the warmth of summer inside your home. A pale yellow can make a compact room feel larger.
Green – Green represents growth, renewal and prosperity. The soothing quality of green makes it ideal for any room. Turn your bathroom into a relaxing spa-like retreat by using blue-greens mixed with gray and white. If you want more drama use a rich, emerald-green palette and integrate playful patterns.
Blue – Arguably, the world’s favorite color. Add serenity and softness to any space by using the color blue. It represents wisdom and loyalty which is why many military and civic uniforms sport shades of this color. Simply observing this color causes the body to produce chemicals which calm the nerves and sooth one’s soul.
Purple – Historically, the robes of kings and queens were created from this rich color, associating violet with wealth and sophistication. Scientifically speaking, violet is known for stimulating brain activity used in problem solving. When used correctly, controlled doses of violet can bring a sense of mystery and wisdom to a space.
Pink – Associated with romance. Certain shades of pink, when paired with otherwise masculine colors, can create a gender-neutral space. Hot pink is a great way to add a feminine touch to more masculine hues such as navy blue and black.