The Psychology of Color
Some people dial the phone and order a box of La Pizzaiola’s jaw-dropping pizza or get a scoop of salted caramel ice cream to lift and cheer their spirits up. However, did you know that your stress might not just be from long business meetings or skipped meals? Look around you and observe the color of the sofa, linens, frames, drapes and curtains, and walls.
Color is a powerful tool that can alter a person’s mood and influence behavior—so powerful that some hues make you upset and irritable, some make you cheerful, some makes your feel calm and relaxed. Although there are no “magic bullet” formulas to follow for which color to pick for enhancing a person’s mood, there are actually theories that have been tested and found generally true.
Art therapies basically revolve around the concept of art and color, and how we can make use of these elements in our everyday life. There is a wealth of information online, from lifting some tones in the color palette and incorporating it in your ensemble to picking house furnishings from one color family. Here, we will pay attention to the latter.
For Starters: Cohesion is the key.
Pick a Palette.
It is perfectly fine to be adventurous, but for a novice who is just about to dip his toes to experiment with tones, it is better to create a color palette within a color range. In art, we call this cohesive. It is definitely far from boring. You’ll see that using this concept creates a cleaner and more sophisticated look. To start, let’s say you pick cold tones. The colors within this range include blues, greens, and violets.
Look around the metro for some furniture shops in Singapore. If you are on a tight budget and you are not willing to shell out much, you can start with mats and pillow cases.
Stick to Your Palette.
Here’s a tip: Start with one room at a time. Since your bedroom or the living room is where you spend much of your time lounging around during weekends, I suggest you pick these rooms to first make changes to. In Singapore, we invest on high-quality furniture so we do not have to acquire one after another in case it get worn or broken.
Turn around and look for odd colors that seem to stand out contrasting with you palette tweak them. For example, you may repaint them or decorate them so that they do not stand out and antagonize you design as much.
Work on and Around What You Have.
You do not have to dispose stuff in the banner of the color theory. You can work around and still use the existing elements in your bedroom or living room. For example, you picked a neutral palette, the one that contains the gray, flesh, white, and olive family. If you have a red coffee table that you got from a furniture shop sale in Singapore, you can use it as an accent piece! The right amount of creativity will make it stand out with a good decorative value.