The Art of Color Theory, Color Psychology and Color Choices

Color Theory

Craft Room Design and Organization Series One

We talked about the importance of getting ready to design your perfect Craft Room in the last post. For Series One, we learn about color.

Many people consider there to be a psychology that surrounds color. With each color evoking emotion and feelings. These are the colors and the psychology they are supposed to evoke:

Color Theory White
Photo by Hutomo Abrianto

White – A sense of purity. White brightens and creates a sense of space. It evokes cleanliness, freshness and simplicity.

Color Theory Red

Red – If you want energy in your room then paint it red. Red evokes a spike in adrenaline due to its intense color. It is a warm color associated with warmth and comfort.

Yellow – The use of yellow brings happiness and uplifting feelings. It is also a warm color. Yellow is the most fatiguing color to the eye due to the high amount of light reflected.

Color Theory Blue
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Blue – Calmness, relaxing and serenity. It brings about feelings of peace, tranquility, security and order. Blue is used in craft room as studies have shown that you are more productive in blue rooms.

Color Theory Green

Green – The use of green can be for any room in the house as it is considered the most restful color. It is thought to relieve stress.

Color Theory Purple

Purple – For a dramatic and sophisticated look use dark values of purple and soft purples of bedrooms. It is also a soothing color.

Color Theory Orange
Photo by Jolene Hardy

Orange – For energy and excitement use orange in rooms such as an exercise room or craft room.

Color Theory Pink
Photo by Stefen Tan

Pink – Creative and artistic is used to describe pink. It is vibrant and refreshing and evokes feelings of joy and happiness. Photo by Stefen Tan on Unsplash

Color Theory Neutrals
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Neutrals – The basic theme for when you want flexibility. You can use any color as an accent and change out as fashion trends change. You can liven up a room or calm it down just by changing the accent colors.

Once you’ve decided on a color for your walls it’s important to then choose your accent color or colors. For that task I recommend reviewing the basics of the color wheel. The color wheel provides you with the visualization of complimentary color schemes making it easier for you to choose your accent color or colors.

The Color Wheel

This color wheel is a very good reference to understand the basics of color. Kathryn Costa designed this wheel to use to create her beautiful and colorful Mandalas. You can visit her site at www.100mandalas.com

Primary colors are Yellow, Red, and Blue. These three colors cannot be made by mixing other colors. From those three colors, we get the Complimentary, Secondary and Tertiary by mixing. As you can see in the color chart.

Complimentary colors are the direct opposite color on the wheel. Orange, Purple, Green are made by mixing primary colors together. The complimentary colors are usually used in the background to emphasize the color used in the foreground.

Tertiary colors are the six shades that can be made by mixing the primary and secondary colors together.

Analogous scheme are the colors on either side of the base color. They are harmonious and often found in nature. They are pleasing to the eye. Using these colors create comforting design.

Triadic scheme uses an equilateral triangle to determine the three colors. This scheme is considered to be the best for design by using one color for the background and the other two for accents.

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Two very handy tools that will let you see colors that work well together before you buy is:

Material Palette You pick 2 colors and it auto generates a color palette for you. They are identified as primary, light primary, dark primary, divider, accent, primary text, secondary text, and text/icons.

You pick 2 colors and it auto generates a color palette for you. They are identified as primary, light primary, dark primary, divider, accent, primary text, secondary text, and text/icons.

Colourlovers.com You have to sign up and login to create a palette. Once you are there you will see several different ways to find color. If you have an inspiration photo you can upload it (see below how to do that) and it will generate all the colors from that photo and give you different palettes along with the color codes.

Color Theory Tutorial
After creating account click on Create Palette.
Color Theory Tutorial
Then click on Photo in the upper right and enter the URL for the photo you want to find colors for.
Color Theory Tutorial
You now have all the colors in the picture identified for you!
Tulips Photo by Gábor Juhász
Color Theory Tutorial
Then click on a color, the next square, color, etc. Then when you click on the color in the square it gives you the color’s hex, RGB and HSV codes. As well as the Analogous!

When using these types of tools you will see that there are different versions of the color. This is done through these three techniques:

Tint – adding white to lighten a color

Shade – adding black to darken a color

Tone – adding grey to slightly darken the color

Lastly, with all this in mind, understanding color temperature is also important.

Warm Colors – Reds, yellows, oranges are warm colors. They add liveliness to a room. Use these colors in larger rooms as they tend to close in smaller rooms.

Cool Colors – Blues, purles and most greens are cool colors. They evoke calmness and relaxation. Use these colors in smaller, more intimate rooms.

So Now what?

It can be overwhelming to say the least!  Often we choose a color because we are simply drawn to it and that’s ok! What makes your choice even more pleasing to you and others is what you accent your choice with. Why not add a pop of color to balance your room? Now you have the knowledge of how colors make you feel, how they are made, and more, but what do you choose as your accent colors?

Color Theory Complimentary
Photo by Jens Behrmann

Complimentary colors such as red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple are often the easiest colors to use when decorating. One becomes the dominant and the other the accent. That’s easy right?

Color Theory
Photo by Igor Starkov

Because the colors are high contrast, you could mix them in with neutrals. So if you have tan, white or grey walls use the complementary colors as accents. It softens the bright colors and also gives the room a pop of color instead of being overwhelmed with color.

If you are not into boldness, then choose your first complimentary color as your foundation and add two colors on either side of its opposite color. Such as a muted or light blue with a pop of red-orange and yellow orange.

Color Theory
Photo by Alexandra Gorn

If you choose Analogous colors, then use the 60-30-10 rule. Choose your base color, then one to support it and the last to vibrantly accent it. Neutrals are often used in this manner. White is the dominant covering 60% of the room, gray is used in 30% and black is the pop at 10%.

Color Theory

Using the Triadic colors results in a dramatic and bold statement. These colors are often found in child’s playrooms or game rooms.

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In Conclusion

I hope that gives you a bit of help when choosing colors for your Craft Room or for any room in your house! For my craft room I chose a nice teal and my contrast will be bright bold Primary colors. I want to be inspired when I go in there and feel happy and bright! You will see the colors I chose in the next series on Prepping and Painting your Craft Room.

What is your favorite color? Did this help you to decide on a color scheme for your next room? Let me know in the comments!

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