After three incredible months of working at HGTV.com, last Friday marked my final day as an intern (insert waterfall of tears here). I still can’t believe how quickly this summer flew by, but as they say, that’s just what happens when you’re having fun. I’ve loved every minute of this job, but it’s time for me to head back to school to complete my final year studying Journalism and Psychology at NYU.
So, for my last post, I decided to stick with the back-to-school theme and throw together a little lesson for you inspired by my secondary major: Psychology! Today’s psychology class will be focused on color and how the hues we choose for our home can affect how we feel.
As cited on Pantone’s website, “Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is known as chromodynamics.” For example, some studies have shown red stimulates the senses, while blue has a more calming effect.
These reactions are thought to be caused by our subconscious association of colors with their occurrences in nature — red with fire, blue with water, etc. Whatever the exact reason, when re-designing your home, consider not only which paint is the prettiest, but also what feelings a certain color may create. Before I get carried away nerd-ing out over psych theories, here’s a basic overview on the psychology of color.
Red: Bold and Energetic
Red is considered a high-arousal color and has been shown to stimulate one’s senses, so adding red to a room instantly evokes energy. Plus, since we psychologically associate red with hot natural elements like fire, the color itself creates feelings of warmth in any room. Consider covering your walls in a deep red hue to make an area of your home feel more intimate, or incorporate red accents in a room that needs a dose of vivacity.
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In honor of today’s Season 2 release of Orange Is the New Black, here are a few examples of how you can incorporate orange in your home. This vibrant color is perfect for infusing some energy into your decor. Try pairing it with my personal favorites, turquoise or aqua, for a playful accent.
So, if you need a break from your OITNB binge, peel your eyes away from Netflix and check out some of these design ideas:
Top, L to R: Orange Padded Chair, Vintage Book Display, “Goldie” Sunflowers | Middle, L to R: Cocktail Cart, Orange Throw Pillows| Bottom, L to R: Eco-Chic Serving Tray, Outdoor Living Room
With spring days finally upon us, our color team looked outside to find inspiration for this month’s hue. There are so many gorgeous spring blooms, but HGTV Home Studio design intern Catherine captured both the burgeoning pastel trend and spring’s essence in her pitch for Magnolia.
Paper Flowers; Geometric Wall
When we sent our top two color picks to guest editor Nancy Fire for the final vote, she gravitated towards this spring-perfect hue, too. “I’m seeing this color in textiles, hand-painted furniture and fashion. And magnolia works beautifully with copper, which is still trending,” Nancy says.
Meet Magnolia: Your new spring color crush, and our April Color of the Month! Read on for more ways to use this hue.
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Happy spring, friends! To celebrate, we have a refreshing, colorful and totally inspiring home makeover you’re going to love. A few months ago, our design team got to work (and even battled a southern blizzard!) to redo an Atlanta bungalow, inside and out. The result is a home ready for alfresco lounging and spring soirees. I can’t wait for you to see all the ideas and inspiration we have to share, from sprucing up your patio and boosting curb appeal to styling bookshelves and picking the best window treatments.
Shake out the area rug and refresh outdoor furnishings to create the perfect alfresco living room. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>
Transform an underused deck into the ultimate outdoor dining space. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>
And the winner of our Spring House Blogger Challenge is — Marianne! Her casual, midcentury-modern styling fit in perfectly with the exterior decor picked out by the design team. Plus, they loved her chevron ombre artwork and integrated it into the final design, along with other fun accessories. SEE THE BAR CART PHOTOS >>
Take the party outside! Host a spring shindig even after the sun goes down. SEE THE PHOTOS + GET IDEAS >>
See Our Spring Makeover
Mr. Color Splash himself is teaming up with HGTV Magazine to be your personal color consultant.
Confused about paint colors? Not sure what shades work best in what rooms? Ask us your most pressing color questions — from finding the most versatile gray to the best blue for a bedroom — or send us pics of your problem spots, and we’ll have HGTV’s resident color expert, David Bromstad, offer his advice in an upcoming issue!
Submit all questions to email@example.com with the subject line Color Question for a chance to have your answer appear in an upcoming issue. ONLY questions received via email will be considered. Must include full name and hometown.
BRIANA: Pantone has released the 2014 Color of the Year and it’s [drumroll, please] Radiant Orchid!
Photos: Courtesy of Pantone
Are you glad this purple/pink has put down roots and blossomed or is the hue too much for you?
Design: Mary Jo Fiorella/Fiorella Design, Photo: Frank Paul Perez
LILI: Make way for this gorgeous pink, y’all.
KELLEY: Oh wow – way better than Honeysuckle. And quite ’80s, too. Our whole senior class seemed to have ruffle-necked shirts in that color, LOL!
MARIANNE: It’s very Unicorn Club (points if you get that reference).
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Fall colors are peaking here in East Tennessee, and we’ve just launched a cornucopia (sorry!) of new Thanksgiving ideas to help you plan your fall feast. So this month, we all came to the color showdown with vibrant hues on the brain. It’s no surprise, then, that our final choice was a bright, spicy hue from HGTV Magazine online editor Alyssa.
What is it? Paprika! This bold red-orange hue is a richer version of spring coral. Look around outside and see it in vibrant maple leaves, or spot it in the grocery store in the form of in-season persimmons. (Try Dessert for Breakfast’s Persimmon-Oat Crumble on a cold morning. Mmmmm.)
Get your living room ready for guests with vibrant new throw pillows in this trendy hue. Here are four of our favorites:
Clockwise from top left: Mira Mesa Pillow, Trinka Turk; Kilim Santa Fe Pillow, Leif Shop; Tassel Pillow, Anthropologie; Bird Pillow, Dwell Studio
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The leaves, they are a’changin. (Cue the Bob Dylan.) Now that it’s officially fall, I’m seeing the first few leaves flutter to the ground. I love this bridge between the seasons, when the summer plants fade and the very first fall color shows up on the lawn. The absolutely gorgeous weather doesn’t hurt, either.
Leaf Wall Art | Green Shoes | Park Bench
Take a cue from Mother Nature like Cuppet Architects did here with a display of prime leaf specimens behind brilliant green bottles. Or, just wear green shoes while you rake up some of said leaves or enjoy the seasonal show from a park bench.
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
Fall may officially be a few weeks away, but I’m sensing signs of the new season all around: cooler nights, bins of apples at the farmers’ market and yes, even the first fall leaves.
It was fall’s favorite fruit that inspired Kayla to pitch Apple Green for September’s Color of the Month. In her own words: “It’s time to sharpen those pencils, because school is back in session. Forget classic red apples — we’re all about modern green.”
Now that Labor Day’s end-of-summer parties are behind us, this crisp, collegiate color just felt right. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to use this hue, and tell us: Is this color the apple of your eye?
Photo Courtesy HGTV Magazine
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Almost everyone has that color they love, but can never, ever wear. Mine is neon yellow. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, it’s uplifting…and it looks terrible on me. Since it’s a no-go for my wardrobe, I make up for that by obsessing over bright yellow interior accents. I especially like the color when paired with classic black and white. (I mean, what other color combo has a whole blog devoted to it?) The bright yellow just draws your eye in, whether it’s on a tabletop or peeking out of bathroom vanity drawers.
Drinks | Vanity
A little goes a long way with this vibrant color, though — I don’t think I’m ready to sport an all-yellow room anytime soon, but I would happily rock a bright yellow barn door.
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.