“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?” – Pablo Picasso
It is impossible to separate emotion from color.
I can see an airy shade of pink and be transported to a time of little girl innocence. I can see that same shade of pink paired with green and I can almost smell petunias in full bloom. Pair that same pink with black and I am flooded with memories of the 1960’s décor.
Color pairings are as strong of an emotional stimulus as hues standing alone.
There are always the generalizations and there are tones within each color group that will deviate from the list. Yellow evokes a feeling of cheer and increases energy. It has been used in kitchens for years but has successfully worked its way into family rooms and foyers with more muted tones.
Green feels fresh. The association with plants and tree growth gives it a feeling of renewal.
Pink is soft and soothing. The femininity associated with pink promotes affection and congeniality.
Black can project sophistication. It is one of the true neutrals so it is great for use as a bridge for rooms or other colors.
Red is passionate and demands attention. It is used effectively for drama.
Orange stimulates appetites and conversation so it is well suited for kitchens. It is also a novel color when used in the cleaner tones so it is fun for laundry rooms!
White is pure and sophisticated. It is the other true neutral so it is often used for moldings.
Purple is a color of mystery. Muted tones of plum used in dining rooms and powder rooms give a feel of drama and interest.
Blue is the color of the sky and ocean. It is not a coincidence that spas use an abundance of blues and blue green tones to develop a tranquil feel.
Now, take that calming blue, put it with red, and this pairing will stir a sense of patriotic energy. Energetic orange teamed up with purple evokes a mellow lounge sort of feel. The high octane of red paired with the freshness of green is sure to resurrect warm holiday memories.
Color emotion is a product of our life experience and is the core reason why we all have our individual preferences.