Most importantly, the designers recommend having fun with color and staying true to your likes and dislikes.

“Incorporating colors you love, regardless of whether they are trendy or not, can be easy and fun,” says Pardoe, “Like in fashion, don’t just buy something because it’s a trend. Buy it only because it makes you smile every time you see it.”

The psychology of color

Your favorite color can say a lot about your personality, which is important to keep in mind when decorating your home. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, shares her insight.


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Red: “Obviously this is an attention-getting color. We always think of it as a dynamic and moving color. Someone who chooses red as a favorite color wants to imbue themselves with the same characteristics of colors.”

Yellow: “In most societies, yellow is closely associated with the sun. It has a warm and sunny connotation, which is very nurturing and draws you in. It’s a happy color.”

Green: “Ninety-five percent of the time, this color is associated with nature. It’s a bit more complex because it’s made with yellow and blue, so it has some of the same qualities of both colors. Green has an instant connotation of being very natural, very balanced. It’s considered the most balanced of all colors.”

Orange: “This is a marriage of red and yellow, so it has some of the same qualities as those colors, except it’s more approachable than red, but it’s friendly, like yellow.”

Blue: “The most constant of all colors because of its association with the sky, which to most people says dependability and consistency. Blue is a good choice for bedrooms because of its tranquil feeling.”

Purple: “This is a combination of two colors that are seemingly opposites. You get the calming, dependable aspect of blue, put together with the dynamic and energetic aspect of red. A person who prefers purple likes to be thought of as creative.”