Beautiful on the Inside,Decor

Color & What It Means Part 1

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Color trends come and go, but all you really need to worry about is which colors make you feel comfortable and happy.  Make your home beautiful by choosing colors that reflect who you are.  The tricky part is knowing how to blend and arrange the colors you like into a combination that come together well.

Again, I know I’ve said this before, but I really love all colors.  I appreciate what each one does.  But, if I had to choose I’d go blue and green.  Ok, wait! But then there’s teal to consider! Ha!

Colors behave is three basic ways: active, passive and neutral.  Light colors can grow and feel airy, making rooms seem bigger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated, dramatic and warm.  They make larger rooms feel more intimate and cozy.

So, let’s talk about Red & Orange today and what they means, shall we?! 🙂

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Miss Scarlet (RED)

Fun Fact for the ladies: when you’re going on a date wear some red… (an outfit or your lips, maybe paint your nails…)  Why, you may ask? Because it can get your dates blood pumping, speed up respiration and make their heart race faster… 😉

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Red is one of the most emotionally intense colors. It’s like no other hue.  Red is a warm, bright color that brings out strong emotions. It is associated with passion, heat and comfort.  Red can also send out intense vibes of excitement, power, domination, aggression and anger.  In a room, red can raise the energy level and stir up conversation.  If you have it in your living room or dinning area in can actually pull and draw people in closer.  If you want to be bold and have it in your entry room it can make for a very strong first impression.

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Notice how important it is to pair a warm tone with a cool tone.  The red really pops!

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My youngest son (Gabe) loves the color red!  It’s really cute. And it really suits him perfectly because he has a HUGE heart.  He’s full of passion, high energy and very outgoing.

In my house, on my main floor, I have little pops of true red peaking through paintings and other decor accents.  I love it’s energy, and how it’s still the first color that catches my eye even though it’s small and subtle.

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Sweet Citrus (Orange)

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Fun Fact: Did you know way back when, ancient cultures saw orange as a way to heal the lungs and increase energy levels?  It’s also known to increases oxygen supply to the brain.

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Seeing that orange is a combination of red and yellow, you can only assume it also evokes high levels of energy, enthusiasm and excitement.  In other words, it can grab your attention pretty quickly. It’s a very controversial color. Either you love it or you hate it.  If you have a personality full of high energy (that go, go, go…) then this color my be perfect for you!  It’s actually a perfect fit for when your working out.  It can help awaken all those strong emotions you’re hoping to release when your sweating and burning those calories.

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Unless you really like this color, I wouldn’t recommend it in your bedroom.  This color is perfect for accents throughout your home, in your kitchen (a high energy level area), a workout room or family room.

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So, there you have it for red and orange!  Using color effectively can really help you influence the mood in your home.  

Once you find what you like, limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many heavy colors can make a room feel overwhelming and cluttered. Thank heavens paint is inexpensive (most of the time) and can transform a room and it’s mood very quickly,  So, give it a try and experiment just a little.

Also, I personally like rooms with both warm and cool tones.  If you are going to go with cool tones, try adding a warm pop of color.  If your going with mostly warm tones, add some cool elements to even things out.

How do you feel about red and orange now?  Do you love it or hate it?

XOXO,

Melessa

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    March 28, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Red and orange are my favorite!!!! We have always had a red room in our house. I would love to have an orange one too. I have never found a way to have both so I always go with red.

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      Melessa
      March 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

      You don’t have to have them as wall colors. As you can see in the photos I picked, accents work very well and can communicate the color you love.

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    Liz
    March 28, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I wasn’t sure how to use red and have it not look so dated. The photos really help make it look new and not from the late 90’s.

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      Melessa
      March 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Yes, it totally helps when you pair a warm tone with a cool tone. In the 90’s and early 2000’s a lot of rooms were just all warm. I personally like a room balanced.

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    Leann
    March 28, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I’m more comfortable in neutrals, but I do really like the small pops of color in a neutral room.

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      Melessa
      March 28, 2017 at 8:26 am

      I agree! You don’t have to go crazy with a bold color. Using them as accents in a neutral environment compliments the colors even more and helps add balance.

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    Lillian
    March 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

    We want to paint our front door red! Something bright and bold😁

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      Melessa
      March 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Go for it! It will look awesome with your grey house!

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    Karen
    March 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Love the examples but still not sure I’m ready to dive too much into these colors yet. Could prob use a few more accents though in our mostly blue, brown and grey house…

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      Melessa
      March 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      You know, soft tangerine accents would look really cool with those colors… or you could go with a cooled peach tone.

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    Amy
    March 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I love that living room with the pale blue walls and coral throw. So perfect.

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      Melessa
      March 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      That one is really pretty! I agree!!

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    Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Thanks for the ideas and examples. I look for home as a place to rest so pops of color are safe, not too stimulating.

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      Melessa
      April 11, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Sure! Everyone is going to find different colors relaxing in their own ways. I’m glad you’re not afraid of a little pop of color!

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