Color is an emotional thing. Trends come and go, what was once a popular color can soon look tired and old. Add to that all the color advice we’ve been bombarded with – red kitchens increase your appetite, a blue bedroom will help you sleep, never mix this color with that color – it’s no wonder the result is a sea of beige. We’ve all been made afraid of color by conflicting advice. So, with spring just around the corner, just begging for a bright new look, let’s debunk some color myths, just for fun.
Blue is soothing
Well, sure, if it’s the right shade of blue, and if you happen to like the color. There are some shades of blue that are anything but soothing. And for non-blue lovers, that “soothing” blue reads as more “annoying” or “boring”. Generally, paler shades, those with a slight gray tone, or deep, dark shades will mellow a space out. Vivid blues with bright tones tend to be more invigorating.
Red kitchens make you hungry
Supposedly, red triggers the release of brain chemicals that increase appetite. Surprisingly, there is scientific evidence to back that up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go red. Red is a statement maker, and if you’re really worried about overstimulation, try using it as an accent color in accessories instead of as an all-over wall color.
The taboo color combo…
Toss this one right out the window, these days, there is no such thing as an off-limits pair. Unexpected color combinations can make your space more personal and visually appealing. The look can create energy in your space and it’s a great way to change the feel of an otherwise too stuffy, or perhaps too beige, room.
Painting the ceiling darker makes it appear lower
The truth is, it depends. If you paint your walls and trim the same light, bright color and then paint your ceiling darker, it can actually make it appear higher. Think of the black ceilings in a theater, they just seem to disappear.
Dark colors make the room seem smaller
Just like dark ceilings, the truth is, it depends. If a room has plenty of natural light and you opt for a high contrast trim color, it can make the space appear crisp and light. This trick works best with high-gloss paint and minimal clutter.
White is boring
If you say so. We think an all-white room with layers of texture and varied tones of white can look amazing, especially if you add a few pops of bright color to set it off. White is a great background for just about anything – you can go tone-on-tone, use white to offset chocolate brown, navy blue, or a series of brights. The possibilities are endless and anything but boring.
Every room has to be the same color
In a more open floor plan, you might want to stick with different shades of the same color, yes. You might want to choose the same color of trim throughout to unify your rooms, yes. But there is no reason for every room to sport the exact same wall color, especially if your rooms are more divided. Stick with a color family, choose a palette with lots of possible variations and select a base color you can lighten or darken with ease and have fun.
Neutral means beige, gray and cream
Sure, those are the most common neutrals, but even certain blues and greens can be “neutral” if they have the right undertones. Softer, greyed-out versions of almost any color can come across as a neutral. It’s all about there being a soft, subtle shade that doesn’t have strong color of its own.