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 By Letitia Little, 1:03 PM

COLOR is the most dynamic of the interior design elements. It affects us in profound ways both psychologically and physiologically. People may react differently to the same color based on previous experiences or learned behavior. Reaction to a color is based on the perception of it rather than to the color itself.

Color affects an individual's moods or feelings in regards to space: light and cool colors seem to expand a space and dark and warm colors seem to enclose it. And color affects the eye's perception of weight and size: dark and bright colors seem heavier than light and cool colors. Color can cause feelings of boredom and calmness or stimulation and liveliness.

Cool colors are green, blue, purple and Warm colors are red, orange, yellow.

These Jonathan Adler fabrics reflect the newest colors for 2016:Persimmon, True Blue, Deep Yellow and Grass Green. Let's take a look at each one to discover how they affect us psychologically.

Furniture by Lillian August for Hickory White. Updated wing chair in persimmon wool.

Furniture by Lillian August for Hickory White. Updated wing chair in persimmon wool.

Persimmon is  a strong deep orange and is one of the hottest colors this year. It denotes cheerfulness, stimulation, sunset and  excitement. Orange has stimulating properties like red, but is not as demanding. This dynamic color is too strong to use in a bedroom but would be great in a living room or great room because of its energy. 

Babe cocktail table  in true blue lacquer by Schumacher has a bit of Chinese flair.

Babe cocktail table  in true blue lacquer by Schumacher has a bit of Chinese flair.

True Blue is the newest take on the popularity of blue for interiors. Blue denotes honesty, truth, loyalty, masculinity, formality, repose, tranquility, sobriety, sky, depth of sea. Blue is cool and soothing, recalling sky, water and ice. It is a difficult color to mix and will vary under different lighting. It is affected by the different materials it colors. For instance, nubby fabrics soften blue and lacquer and glass give it a reflective quality that deepens it. Use True Blue in small doses like on a table or sofa. Using it on one or two walls is more pleasing than  painting an entire room in this deep color, which would be depressing.

Traditional tight back sofa in blue, by Century.

Traditional tight back sofa in blue, by Century.

Bright yellow leather chair and vase make  this black and white room pop. Century Furniture

Bright yellow leather chair and vase make  this black and white room pop. Century Furniture

Deep Yellow like True Blue is best used in small doses  like the leather chair shown above. It is an up and coming color choice for 2016. Yellow denotes sunlight, optimism, warmth, enlightenment, communication. Highly saturated yellows are strong and demanding and are good as accents,  while softer pale yellows can be used to paint an entire room for instance. Gold is becoming very popular as the accent finish for accessories, plumbing fixtures, lighting.  All yellows are reflective and add flattering highlights.

Tumbling Blocks wallpaper by Miles Redd for Schumacher

Tumbling Blocks wallpaper by Miles Redd for Schumacher

"Nanjing" toile wallpaper by Schumacher is a perfect example of Chinoiserie.

"Nanjing" toile wallpaper by Schumacher is a perfect example of Chinoiserie.

Just like the afore mentioned colors for 2016, green is deeper and more intense. Grass Green is refreshing and new as seen in this toile wallpaper. Green denotes nature, serenity,hope,safety, peace, security. It mixes well  with other colors and white brings out its best aspects. It is particularily pleasing in food areas because of its fresh quality and in hospitals because of its soothing quality.  No matter which rendition of green is popular at the time it will always be a favorite because it reminds us of nature/security. 

Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info go to www.letitialittle.com.  

 

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