How to Pick Your Favorite Color
You can figure out your favorite color easily by doing a little detective work.
- Look in your closet first. Even if you don't wear your favorite color every day, the clothing color you buy over and over reveals your preference.
- Look around your home for clues. Often our favorite color appears in your home as decor you "just had to have," even though it may not be part of your color scheme. The favorite color at home appears as an impulse buy.
- Look at photos you have taken when you're outside exploring. Are you partial to sunset photos and shots of sunflowers? Then your favorite color will be warm. If your landscape photos feature blue skies, water, and buildings, your favorite color will most likely be a cool color.
Once you know your favorite color, use these easy decorating tips to incorporate it.
Red hues can be fiery, or warm and welcome. Red with a hint of blue undertone can be regal and decadent. Warm reds are a favorite of those that love drama and excitement. Ruby reds, like other jewel tones, are the favorite of the lovers of indulgences, like a great red wine and fine dining.
Red has been a popular dining room color for many years. The belief in color psychology is that red stimulates the appetite, and in the practice of Feng Shui, it creates strong energy. This is not always the most desirable goal for a dining room at home if you'd like your guests to linger. Red is a beautiful and dynamic front door color and can boost your home' scrub appeal Easy tips for decorating with red.
Yellow is a happy color. It's a mood-lifter that appeals to optimistic and social people. A cheerful and bright personality is often described as "sunny," which sums up the yellow-lover perfectly.
The most versatile and pleasant yellows are the purest. Watch out for yellow with green undertones, as they can be harsh and hard to match. A gorgeous neutral gold color can be just as cheerful as a bright yellow but can be more livable in living and family rooms. The purest yellows can light up a kitchen or eat-in nook.
Blue is a calming color and is the most common favorite color among men. Blue appeals to people who consider themselves down-to-Earth, and easy going. The most restful blues are popular for those seeking comfort and relaxation.
Blue can range from an easy denim hue to a bright robin's egg or even a smoky gray-blue. Most any blue is relaxing and easy to live with. If your taste leans toward blue with a touch of green, keep your other colors on the warm side and avoid gray in the space. Blue is a restful bedroom color and is especially pleasant for a guest room.
All shades of green are not as popular as blue or neutral colors, because of green's tendency to become harsh easily with certain undertones. The most popular green is a deep emerald green that conjures images of a vibrant forest. Lush green is a favorite of those that value tradition, nature, and abundance.
The most popular green color used at home is sage green. This is a soft green that is muted with gray. Sage green is a relaxing backdrop for living and family rooms, as it doesn't overwhelm the space with color. Brighter greens and those with yellow undertones are perfect as accents in a kitchen or adjacent eating area.
Neutral colors can be anything from beige to gray, in all shades. The darker the neutral, the more formal and traditional your style will be. Soft neutrals are favored by those that crave simplicity, and balance.
It's essential to know the concept of undertones, and how to recognize them. A neutral-filled room that contains taupe with a pink undertone, and beige with a green undertone, will feel out of balance enough to be noticeable. If you're combining neutrals, a range of shades in the same color will be more harmonious.