The Effects of Color on Wallpaper – How to Choose What Color Wallpaper to Use in Your Home Decor

Color has always made a difference in our lives. Color can brighten a plain white wall and color is one of the most popular motivators that people use to determine what wallpaper they would like to use in their home decor. Whether we realize it or not, color effects our lives and helps to set our moods. Some colors brighten our lives and naturally make us smile, while others make us tired or just simply relax us. This article will provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions when selecting the right wallpaper for your home.

Sometimes color is selected because it is simply a favorite. Other times, our subliminal minds draw us to a color and we may not know why. Let's take a look at some colors and the effects that these colors have on us.

The red color family includes shades of red like bright red, pink, rose, maroon, burgundy, cardinal red and raspberry. Since red is the warmest of all colors, using wallpapers in the red color family will make your room appear cheerful, bold, dramatic and exciting. The effect of red wallpaper in a room will be to make the room appear smaller and warmer because it brings the background in closer. Putting red objects or accessories in a room will make the objects appear larger because red focuses on attention. Overall, red wallpaper will bring warmth and excitement to an otherwise cool room. An interesting and little known fact about the color red is that it stimulates appetite.

The orange color family includes hues of pumpkin, peach, coral, terra-cotta, copper and rust. Using orange based wallpaper will provide a welcoming and cheerful room that will make you feel warm and comfortable. The effect of using an orange based wallpaper in a room is much like the effects of red. However, since the orange hues in wallpaper provide a softer tint, this is a good color mixer and will provide a cheerful and exciting effect in your room. Orange wallpaper is great for kitchens and family rooms. The most interesting fact about orange is that although it creates a warm glow, it can also make people tire easily.

The yellow color family of hues include lemon, straw, gold, tan, tobacco and cream shades. The characteristics of using a yellow based wallpaper will be to create a warm, luminous and radiant feel in the room. When you use colors from the yellow family in your wallpaper, this will make your room appear larger and brighter, due to the colors light reflective quality. Yellow wallpaper can light up your room without making the room feel smaller. Yellow is most used in kitchens. The most little know fact about using yellow wallpaper is that studies show that babies tend to cry more and children are more argumentative in nurseries decorated in yellow that in pink, blue or green.

The green color family includes hues such as olive, forest, mint, pea, grass and sea greens. When green wallpaper is selected, it makes your room feel refreshing and cool. When green wallpaper is used in lighter shades, it will make your room seem larger because it feels like the walls are further away. Green wallpaper will provide an atmosphere of relaxation to a room and is an important shade where restfulness is important. A little known, but interesting fact about green is that it is the color that is the least tiring to the eye which is the reason why surgeons scrubs are green.

The blue color family includes hues of sky, royal, midnight, baby and powder blues. Since blue is the coolest of all colors, blue wallpaper is the most receding and serene which makes it a popular wallpaper choice. Blue wallpaper will make a room appear more spacious and airy. Using lighter colors against a blue wallpaper will make the furniture or furnishings appear more luminescent and really stand out. An interesting fact about the color blue is that people associate stability and leadership with this color and that is why you will often see important documents like graduation certificates bound in blue.

The purple color family includes shades of violet, plum, lavender and orchid. Purple is an impressive hue and when used in wallpaper it creates a bold statement. However, purple wallpaper also creates a quiet feeling in the atmosphere around it. Dark purple wallpaper makes objects appear formal and rich and transitional purple hues will feel cool when mixed with blues and warm when mixed with red. Purple wallpaper offers quite a bit of versatility in styles depending on how you use it. Most people know that purple was associated with royalty, but a little known fact about this color is that in medieval times only royalty was allowed to wear purple.

I hope this article better prepared you for making informed decisions when choosing your next wallpaper.