The Colors We Choose, Part 2

In the following post we look at the emotional responses to our favorite secondary colors, and some tips for incorporating them throughout your home.


Green – Green is the color of life and renewal. It’s connection to nature allows it to give a sense of peace and tranquility when used correctly in the home. Although it is said that green is the color of envy, most interior trends tend to preserve it for harmony and balance. A deep forest green door can symbolize the welcoming of good fortune and finance, while a light pastel green kitchen promotes freshness and sustainability.

Purple – The balancing color between red and blue, purple is most associated with luxury, power, wisdom and creativity. Different shades give us different levels to these meanings. A lighter purple has more feminine energy, we associate this with purity and youthful creativity, a light purple would be perfect in a child’s playroom or bedroom. Bright purple is more often associated with richness and royalty, while a deep purple has been said to evoke a feeling of mystery and intrigue. We occasionally see this color in offices for a sense of superiority and mystery, or as a single accent wall in your closet to promote creative fashion choices.

Orange – Orange is perhaps the most energetic color of this collection. It is used mostly to cause attention, and it brings the feeling of warmth and enthusiasm if used properly. Because of the high-intensity value of this color, we recommend it be used as an accent rather than central color. Rather than a room burnt orange, try a beautiful orange stove, as shown here below at a home in Newport Beach. Deep, burnt orange is perfect for accents in the bedroom. Possible a large, cozy quilt or upholstered corner chair.



To read more about the meaning behind Primary Colors, read our article here.

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