In addition to the proper combination of colors, a prime factor in setting the atmosphere of your home will be the psychological properties of the colors you choose. In some sense, selection of colors will reflect your personality as well as your good taste. But in a larger sense, they will create an emotional feeling about your house that will help form the opinion your visitors will have about you and your family.
Rer-orange: Heat, stimulation, activity, richness, splendor, dignity.
Pink: Daintiness, gaiety, animation.
Yellow-yellow-green: dryness, crispness, relaxation, warmth, light, cheer.
Green-blue: coldness, spaciousness,, passivity, tranquility.
Violet: coolness, limpness, dullness, daintines, reservation, feminity.
Decorative uses and effects of colors
Red: Stimulating or cheering to the melancholy or lazy; upsetting to the nervous or overactive, attention compelling. (Use in small quantities in dining room, library, kitchen).
Blue: Soothing to nervous, depressing to the morose. Inseparable mentally with illimitability-the cold immensity of space, infinity. It has an intelectual appeal. Symbolically, it is the color of truth, which is the result of calm reflection and never of heated argument.
You can read: The Color Wheel and Color Schemes
Yellow: In certain hues, the sensation of glory, cheerfulness, in other variations, cowardice, cheapness. Connotes splendor, radiance, vividness. If is of great healing value to the brain. (Uses in masses or small quantities , where light is poor).
Green: Cooling, not productive of extreme reactions. Symbolic of serenity and rebirth, suggestive of hope.
Orange: Associated with life, well-being, energy. (Avoid bright orange in masses)
Brown (tan-golden brown): Depressing if used alone, best combined with orange, yellow, gold. (Use sparingly to avoid drabness, in living room, library).
Purple (plum, mauve, orchid): Associated with heroism, or with passion and mystery, pomp, gorgeousness. It has a soothing influence. (Use sparingly in living room, library).
Lavender, violet: (lavender may be used in bedroom)
Pink: slightly stimulating. (Use in masses, or in bedroom, or nursery).
Black, white, gray: Intensity other colors in room.
Colors may be used to give you more light or more shadow as your decorative scheme and the type of room requires. The amount of light depends on the quantity of light reflected and . The more light reflected, the greater the visibility, reading and sewing advantages, etc. The following indicates the relative light-conserving powers (reflection) of colors:
White reflects : 80%
Ivory (light) : 71%
Apricot-Beige : 66%
Lemon yellow : 65%
Ivory : 59%
Light buff : 56%
Peach, salmon, light pear-gray : 53%
Pale apple green : 51%
Light green, pale blue : 41%
Deep Rose : 12%
Dark Green : 9%