Splendid Spaces: Bringing the colors of the fall indoors

10/01/14
Splendid Spaces: Bringing the colors of the fall indoors

Taking a hayride, visiting a pumpkin patch, playing a game of pickup football, and having a Thanksgiving feast. If you're like me, then you're probably able to picture these activities in your head pretty easily. What do you see? Do you see the light yellow hay? How about the orange pumpkins or the bright red cranberry sauce or maybe the orange sweet potatoes?

Sure, you can visualize these colors all year long, but unfortunately you can only see most of them briefly in nature. If you love the colors of the fall, then maybe you should consider using a fall-inspired color palette on the walls of your home.

 

How a person feels in an interior space can be greatly influenced by the room’s color. Fall colors (orange, red, yellow, etc.) typically work best in areas where you spend a lot of time or host guests, (living rooms, kitchens, play areas and bathrooms) because of how bright and inviting they are.


Orange can be used to expresses energy and friendliness where yellow is an expression of peace and promotes optimism and enthusiasm. Red, however, is thought of as more of an aggressive color and can even elicit an increased heart rate in some people. On the other hand, red has also been shown to heighten worker productivity and memory retention so if you have a home office, maybe you would consider painting it red.

Keep in mind that not all colors work in every room. When deciding what color to paint any room, it is important to consider things like the amount of natural light in that room, the size of the room, and finally, the furnishings and style of the room.

Most importantly, you must consider your furniture when deciding what color to paint your room. If your goal is to highlight the furniture in a room, then you may want to consider a light orange or yellow. A lighter shade of paint can also make a your room feel larger.


The color you choose to paint a ceiling can also make a room feel larger or smaller. An alternative to the usual white ceiling is to use the same color as your walls, only 2 or 3 shades lighter. Sometimes you may want to create a cozy atmosphere in a room. In this case, a darker ceiling will make it feel more intimate. 


We hope this helps you become inspired by the colors of the fall season. If you enjoy the falling leaves, pumpkin patches and all things autumn, you’ll LOVE these nature-inspired, color palettes from Benjamin Moore.

Sources:

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-decor/accessories/color-of-room-affect-mood2.htm

http://www.casaandcompany.com/home/sabrinas-favorite-paint-colors/

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1125002,00.html

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