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Does Your Paint Color Mean What You Think It Does?

Hue by hue, how colors affect us in each room

By Denise Turner, ASID, CID, CMG


The colors we surround ourselves with can help stimulate, relax, empower, or even waken us. Once we recognize this, we can use principles of color psychology to decorate our homes in ways that bring us the balance and harmony we desire.

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Red is associated with fire, competition, energy, optimism, passion, virility, power, determination, desire, and love. Red can raise blood pressure, stimulate appetite and metabolism, and increase passion and aggression. 

Nothing catches a police officer's attention faster than a shiny red car. For the same reason, stop signs and emergency equipment are typically red. In Asia, red is the color of luck, while internationally red is the mark of honor. The red carpet is rolled out to honor celebrities and dignitaries. Red is the most exhilarating color, bringing up emotions of passion.

Are you procrastinator or in a sluggish time of your life? Paint your room an energizing red and let it motivate you to get moving!

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