Put Color In It’s Place!

Put color In It's Place!

Put color In It's Place!

Finding the right color for your floor covering is often the most enjoyable part of the purchase process.   With today’s wide range of colors offered by the manufacturers, you are almost sure to find the color that fits your design.  But just how important is your color decision in terms of staining, wear or even your overall health and mood?   The answers just might surprise you. 

Today’s average American household has 2 adults, 1.14 children, 1.7 dogs and 2.2 cats.  Traffic is constantly flowing through our homes and inevitably dirt and stains appear on carpet over time as a result.   Lessening the impact of accidents and overall dirt can easily be achieved by simply adjusting the color that you choose.     For example, if you are re-carpeting your family room, a very light color may not be the best idea especially if it is located right off of an entrance to your home.  However, a bedroom is an excellent place for lighter shades, and since these rooms are used less, the carpet will keep its clean appearance much longer.    One might think that simply putting a very dark color in the busiest rooms is the answer, however a new problem develops.   Lint.   From the clothing we wear to the curtains that hang on the wall, lint continuously is dispersed into the air and onto your floor and will be visible.  So for busy rooms, opt for more mid range tones versus the extremes.

Color and Mood

If you want to create a specific mood in your room, you may have already done a little bit of research on color.   It’s proven that colors can make us happy, sad, energetic, peaceful, calm, angry or relaxed.  Take a look at the illustration below to see a quick overview of how your color choices for your home may affect your mood.

Color Mood Chart

Color Mood Chart

We all have natural reactions to the colors around us.   Warm colors which include red, orange and yellow, evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.  Cool colors are located on the blue side of the spectrum and include blue, purple and green. These colors are often perceived as calm colors, but certain hues can invoke feelings of sadness or depression.  Take the time to study this important aspect of home design to get the most out of your purchase. 

For more information on color and your home, visit About.com or for recommended reading, “Colors for your Every Mood” by Leatrice Eiseman is an excellent source for more in depth information.