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Emotion and Color: Using Pastels in Your Home Decor

by CustomHomes on Monday, September 30, 2013

You may be looking for a way to spice up your interior design or to achieve a more unique quality in your custom home decor. Using pastels can help you reach that goal. To understand how pastels affect our environments and our emotions, we must first look to the brighter colors for a better understanding.

We use bright colors to evoke emotions or communicate feelings. For example, a red room can be used to raise a person’s energy level. Likewise, yellow shades encourage happiness. All colors may fall into one of three main categories: active, passive and neutral. However, pastels occupy a class all their own and do more to show than they do tell.

For clarity, pastels can be defined as any color with a lighter hue. Pastels do less to elicit emotion, but still carry a personality. Being more soft-spoken than their louder and more expressive relatives, pastels aim towards a sober and intellectual spirit. They convey sophistication in their subtlety and draw attention to the other layers of visual interest within your home.

Examples of where pastels are useful are many and varied. You may not want to paint your entire room a fiery red, but like the color anyway. Finding a complimentary pastel can soothe your room’s environment while still allowing for certain areas to pop and sizzle with that red fire. Make a new furniture piece stand out by propping it against a pastel background. Children’s rooms are another place where pastels can aid in development, reinforcing a comfortable and safe environment with their calm tones. For a more adult theme, pastels can be coupled with neutral colors to issue a modern look that adds dimension to your home.

In the end, it’s always up to you in the color you choose. But even when you’re indecisive, consider this: pastels are weak enough to be applied in multiple hues, giving you the opportunity to paint your home all the colors of the rainbow, without it looking like a unicorn just exploded in your living room.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com