If you want a room with a calm atmosphere that isn’t too sleepy, choose lilac and off-white. Mr. Geddes Ulinskas, principal of Geddes Ulinskas Architects, chose lilac for his client’s home office. But the problem was that the office was in the business of bringing people together through social events. Although these activity ideas may seem busy and overwhelming, lilac and other cool colors evoke a feeling of relaxation. “Although the lilac he chose for his office is soft, he is by no means timid,” says Ulinskas. The effect was a purely silent space where traces of activity still remained. Lilac and off-white both have warm undertones, but overall, both shades are still cooler than pink or tan. Blues and greens are too relaxing. According to Patel, “Blue and green hues in the bedroom create a relaxing and sleep-friendly environment.” Lilac and off-white evoke a tranquility that still pulses with energy.
orange red and charcoal gray tones
Want to encourage people to enter the room and be sociable? Choose this color combination. Charcoal gray isn’t as dramatic as black, but it provides the right combination. O’Connor points out that orange-red and other “warm colors have been shown to not only attract attention but also encourage entry.” “A study that investigated colors in retail environments found that orange-red and warm colors (as opposed to blues, greens, and cool colors) drew participants into the laboratory,” she says.
Orange-red makes the viewer want to enter the room. Add this tone as a pop of color at the end of “long open-plan rooms to draw people further into the space,” such as those used in most entertaining areas of the home. A basement bar with mostly charcoal-gray walls might be the best choice here. “Gray and other bolder neutral colors encourage social interaction among diners,” says Reena B. Patel, a parenting expert and Board of Education Certified Behavior Analyst. thing. Also, orangey reds are more effective than traditional reds, as the latter can be too intensely negative for some people. O’Connor points out that red has been used to indicate anger, fear, and even jealousy. Injecting orange instead gives the red a neutral feel.