The artist Pablo Picasso once said: “The colors, like the lines, follow the changes of the emotions.” It’s a rule that many interior designers echo, making ambiance the deciding factor in color schemes throughout the home. But matching the right color scheme with the mood can be tricky to decipher, and the wrong tone can evoke the completely opposite effect than intended.
One of the top trends Pinterest predicts for 2022 is the rise of “emotional escape rooms” – from rage rooms, libraries, yoga rooms to music studios.
However, it is difficult to get the most out of these rooms designated with unfavorable colors. A poor color palette can even impact performance, making it an important consideration when planning study or workout rooms.
Abstract artist and color specialist Furrah Syed told Express.co.uk: “Every piece has a specific function, whether it’s in our home, workplace, educational space or even a spa.
“Choosing the right colors in interiors dramatically improves the effectiveness of the room and intensifies the person’s response to that environment on a physical, emotional and mental level.
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“It concerns the color of walls, furniture and upholstery such as cushions and rugs. Every aspect of the interior can be carefully arranged to create the most effective framework to achieve the desired result.
Miller Homes, in partnership with Ms Syed, has provided the following advice for those looking to create their own emotional paradise at home.
If you want a room to relax:
Over the past three months, Google searches for “meditation room” and “massage room” have increased by 49% and 23%, respectively.
To organize a good room to relax in, try surrounding yourself with soothing colors to help you relax, meditate or simply switch off. To do this, opt for colors like china blue or mint green.
Ms Syed said: “Avoid bright, bold colors such as reds and oranges when furnishing your bedroom as they will excite your senses. Instead, use shades of cream and beige to create a soothing contrast.
If you want a piece to get creative with:
Google searches for “home art studio” and “guitar room” have increased this year by 50% and 91% respectively.
To feel more inspired in your environment, unlike the relaxation room; good colors to choose from include the brighter, bolder shades of orange, yellow, purple, or red.
Ms Syed said: “These colors are known to stimulate the imagination and can evoke feelings of optimism and energy.”
However, try not to use all four colors at once, as Ms Syed warns it can be overwhelming. She said, “A carefully curated blend of two of these colors will attract your creative energies and allow your inner visionary to come to life.
“These shades have a high frequency of energetic vibrations, meaning your mood will lift and help you spark ideas.”
If you want a room to let off steam:
The search for “rage room” has increased in Google searches by 311% over the past year.
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Rage rooms, also known as smash rooms or anger rooms, are areas people use to let off steam and vent their “rage” by destroying objects.
Ms Syed said: “While immediate gratification may be temporary, a dedicated ‘rage room’ space can help you calm down, ease your nerves and see things more clearly.
“Go for shades of red when decorating because this color has the highest frequency of energetic vibrations, and you can physically feel the warmth that red radiates.
“We also love that, which is why most theaters have red interiors to excite their audiences – red will help keep your energy high for longer.
If you want a room to feel zen:
Crystals and rooms dedicated to spirituality have also seen a boom over the past year.
For some, crystals can be a useful tool for relieving stress and reconnecting with ourselves when we feel overwhelmed.
Ms Syed said: ‘Go for earthy shades to create your own peaceful oasis. Shades like beige, oak, charcoal, and burnt orange can mimic nature at its calmest state.
“To accompany these tones, opt for hints of dusty rose, olive green and navy blue in some of your upholstery and cushions to add a touch of tranquility and serenity.”
If you want a room to practice:
Maybe influenced by the pandemic, maybe not, but search results for “home gym” and “home gym equipment” have increased 50% in the past month. And, for an activity that requires a good level of motivation to go through with it, a well-designed room will push you halfway.
My Syed said: “Choose red or orange – but not both, as these shades can raise our blood pressure and boost endurance.
“Mix this with small drops of ocean blue, soft green and white to increase your focus.”
Ms Syed continued: “The elements of yellow can also really help, as they have the ability to increase focus and motivate anyone who trains in this environment.
“However, avoid pink in your gym as it can drain your energy. In fact, some sports teams even go so far as to paint the opposing team’s lockers pink to reduce their aggression.
If you want a room to study:
Similar to the workout room, a study room color scheme should promote stimulating and motivating properties, but with a more leisurely balance.
Ms Syed said: ‘You should decorate your home library with shades of red because it’s the fastest color for our brains to read, which helps boost our energy and focus.
“Shades such as pistachio green can complement red, improving our vision, concentration and providing a sense of balance.
“However, beware of color overload – too many shades can be distracting. If necessary, add furniture in soothing colors like cream and beige.
“And avoid sharp edges on furniture – softer edges help us stay focused and reduce stress.”
Anne Marie Britton, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Miller Housessaid: “As our guest rooms go beyond just accommodating guests, more and more people are looking for creative ways to use that extra space.
“We live in a busy world and we all need our own safe place to go when we feel overwhelmed, need to focus or maybe just decompress.
“Using Furrah’s suggested color palettes, you can customize a space to suit your emotional needs without having to leave your home.”