They even appear in the children’s rooms, where the bold uses of color are more tasteful than toddler. A navy baby boy’s room is paired with a bathroom with a navy vanity and striking geometric wallpaper. A little girl’s room features a teal-cushioned window seat accessorized with hot pink pillows. Black and white stripes and herringbone chairs are juxtaposed with gold accents and sky-blue walls in the children’s playroom.
Like a good beach read, the carefully selected colors give a whiff of seaside air that tells a story about the lively personalities of the homeowners, says Fehlman. “It makes it so fun and youthful,” she says.
All the Feels
Certain colors evoke certain emotions. Here’s a quick primer.
Blue: Use this color in the bathroom and bedroom since it’s very calming. “It makes you think of wisdom,” says Colleen Primm, certified color strategist and owner of Colleen Primm Design. But think twice about using shades of blue in your kitchen because it suppresses your appetite.
Red: A high energy hue, red works best in a living room or dining room. “It stimulates talking and conversations and it increases the heart rate,” says Primm, “which is why you would not want it in the bedroom.”
Purple: If you want to feel like royalty, turn to purple, known for power and luxury. “It is very good in bedrooms,” she says. “You can also feel very creative with purple, making it good for a work environment or a home office.”
Orange: To create excitement, orange is your go-to shade. “It’s actually a hot color, meaning that when your eye looks at it you can get a feeling of heat,” says Primm. “So that’s really good if you have a home exercise area.”
Yellow: The key to happiness? Yellow. Primm suggests putting the sunny color in your laundry room to make doing the chore more fun. But don’t put the bright hue everywhere, she warns. “You don’t want to put it into a nursery because yellow actually causes anxiety,” she says. “So small children in yellow rooms will actually cry more.”