Think about the following colors.
Think about each one separately.
Think about their different
shades, how you feel about them, what they invoke in you.
Red. Orange. Yellow. Green.
Blue. Violet. Purple. White. Black
Once you have gained insight
into how you feel about those colors, you can read about the
general effects these colors have on people in American society.
Don't be afraid to disagree, your tastes are different from anyone
else's, but do keep in mind that the average American that enters
the room will feel these effects to some extent.
The two extreme colors are white
and black. Black is an attention grabber, and can create a bedroom
with a dark, sultry look. Unfortunately it will also make the
room look smaller and seem more restrictive. Overuse of the color
black can be dangerous in a room like the bedroom, as it can
darken a person's mood. It may even produce night mares. Meanwhile
its polar opposite, white, can be uninspiring. Most rooms start
off with white walls, and it is the generic look for many homes.
It can have a positive and soothing effect on ones emotions,
but it may also lead to a lack of stimulation which can be a
terrible thing in a bedroom. Whatever ones perceptions however,
white is a good color for warm climates. White reflects light
creating cooler temperatures and a breezy feeling.
The earth tones are gentle and
will keep a bedroom feeling close and snuggly, as long as you
pay attention to the tones you use. These colors include browns,
oranges, and yellows. Browns tend to remind Americans of family,
and of emotional bonds to each other and the world. Orange is
a color that makes people happy, but is also the color associated
with food and could lead to midnight snacking. Yellow creates
a very positive effect on people psychologically, but only short
term. Long term exposure to this color can lead to irritation.
Blues and greens evoke serenity
and peace. They are colors associated with nature and the ocean.
Using these colors heavily in your bedroom can help to calm the
emotions of its inhabitants, and bring restful nights. Blue will
also calm cravings for food after you've gone to bed, because
there is very little blue food in nature, so our minds tend to
repress hunger at its site. Pink is the extreme claming color
and many will find it impossible to act aggressively when surrounded
by it. Purple is a nice color for a bedroom that will make it
look more sophisticated.
Red is an exciting color. If
you have trouble falling asleep, don't use red in the bedroom.
However, to get a tired relationship going, red may be just the
color you want. Red makes Americans aggressive. It speeds up
their metabolism and gives them energy. Red is a good color for
sheets or blankets, because if it becomes too distracting it
can be put away until desired.
Combining these colors yields
further effects, which are numerous beyond the scope of this
article. Remember that shade and tone is important, and will
alter these effects. Most importantly, you should have the final
say; it is the colors effect on your own mind that is important,
and only you can truly understand your own impressions.