Our Culture of Gray
“There’s no place like Home” Dorothy famously says as she taps her bright red shoes together in the Wizard of Oz. Our home is a place of comfort and safety, but most importantly it is our beacon of belonging amidst the vast wonder that is our world. Such an important place deserves our best decorative efforts to transform our four white walls into what we identify as Our Home. So why are we so afraid of using actual colors, and ops for dull options like gray, beige or brown?
Color is such an essential part of our lives and has a large impact on our daily morale and general wellbeing. Ever noticed how different your mood is on a bright blue-skied day with beautiful green grass and colorful flowers, compared to a gray cloudy gloomy rainy day? Color psychology has been a very hot field of study in the past decade. Colors are Mother Nature’s way of connecting with us and our emotions. So why do we shut them out of our homes and stick with gray, beige, and brown? Well it’s not all our fault. Preferred color schemes are often passed down to us, and using colors can sometimes be challenging.
Home Color palettes are Culturally Inherited
Home décor is a visual representation of ourselves. It is affected by our personality and emotions, but also the culture or family preferences we were brought up in. The latter influence is often too prevalent for such a private and sentimental space, and often suppresses some of our actual decorative desires. In most parts of the world this isn’t a big problem because colors are already embedded in the culture. Latin America is a great example with its vibrant electric colors both in and out of a large number of homes.
The Mediterranean region as a whole is another perfect example of joyful and colorful living spaces. The African country of Morocco is quite famously known for its lavish interiors of rich colorful décor. From deep purple rugs, to vibrant green floral sofas or shimmering geometrically printed traditional pillows, Moroccan decor is a great example of the opulence color can bring.
Some colors and color palettes tend to stay with us for generations despite varying taste and personality types each family member has. The gray and beige color palette for home décor seems to be the one plaguing the average North American home. An important part of our lives is spent in the home, so this is a big missed opportunity for us to bioengineer our brain and attain the positive effect we’re looking for on ourselves. Every color has tends to favor its own emotion, so we should use that to our advantage! But even after seeing that amazing navy and yellow themes living room on Instagram that you immediately fell in love with and wanted to make yours, you find yourself stuck picking what exact shades to use on the walls or furniture.
Using Colors is Hard
Let’s be honest, using colors is not an easy task. Mixing and matching can be quite challenging, because not all colors go together. Even if we know a colorful home décor makes the entire surrounding look more appealing and lively compared to that old dull gray and beige décor, we tend to just play safe and stick with the colorless home. Going all out and realizing after the fact that the colors picked just don’t jive is a scary and often crippling thought. Confidence is needed when picking colors.
Don’t be afraid of showing your colors and experimenting with what you prefer! Arranging colors takes time and practice, but you won’t regret the results. The fear of failure or regret pushes us back towards the grey and beige. You can’t go wrong with grey and beige… but you definitely can’t go right either. So how can we figure out what colors to pick?
How to Add Color to Your Home
It’s never too late to start adding colors to your home and making the interior design you really want. Create a rough sketch of what you interior plan to help you get an idea of the décor you are planning to execute. A rough sketch can also help you get an idea of the factors that should be avoided when it comes to the execution of the final layout. But you don’t need embark for a full house remodeling either. In fact the best approach is to start small.
Begin by introducing colors in your home in the form of smaller accent pieces. Colors can easily be incorporated through colorful rugs, poufs, or cushions, and rarely will break the underlying design. These articles can give you a good feel for the setting without overdoing it too quick. Adding some paint to a wall or changing the couches can follow after. One more thing to note is that too much color is not the best thing either. Just the right balance is what you’re looking for and accent pieces are by far the easiest way to get there.
It is about time that we leave the bring color palette behind and use the most soothing and pleasant colors to make our home conducive to our emotional wellbeing.
In closing, here are some amazing inspirational home decors that make great use for colors, curosy of ElleDecor. Don’t be afraid, be colorful!