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When choosing


consider the

powerful emotional

effect of color.

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· L AW R A N C E . C O M



Green evokes

the freshness of

the great outdoors.



energetic yellow

is an ideal color

for shared spaces.


Exciting and

upbeat, a splash

of red enlivens

any space.



of Color


ave you ever entered a room

and felt mysteriously soothed

— or immediately alert? It may

have been nothing more than color at

work. The colors used to decorate a space

can have profound effects on the way we

experience it.

Peaceful blue

The color of clear oceans and summer

skies, blue has a natural association

with coolness. The many, many shades

of blue available offer opportunities

for sophisticated emotional messaging.

Blues with red undertones can make

a room feel cozier and more sociable,

while blues with a hint of yellow can

make a room look larger and cleaner,

if not a little crisp.

Warm browns and greys

A touch of brown, warm grey, or taupe,

especially in the form of wood or

ceramics, adds an earthy and reassuring

touch of nature to a room that’s heavy

on neutrals or white. Brown and grey

are also no-brainers when it comes to

choosing floor coverings — perhaps it’s

not surprising that walking on earth

tones just feels right.

Fresh green

As anyone who has spent time in a

school knows, it’s possible to have too

much faith in green walls to keep the

peace. But, used cleverly, green really

can create an atmosphere of natural

freshness and calm. It’s also a great

color for spaces that are oriented around

food, so consider green for your kitchen

or dining room.

Airy white

As a neutral, white is always a safe bet.

Its airy, spacious, light-reflecting quality

can make small rooms look larger

and raise low ceilings. Prevent large

amounts of white from becoming too

clinical by accenting with other colors

– or, if a totally white, gallery-like space

is your dream, use texture to create

interest instead.

Elegant black

Every sophisticated room needs a

touch of black; when used as an accent,

or judiciously as a neutral, it projects

elegance and a certain warmth. When

the effect you’re aiming for is striking

and fearless, think black.

Powerful red

Associated with danger, love, and war,

red can be a very complicated color.

Red is exciting; it raises blood pressure,

grabs the attention and is thought to

stimulate the appetite, which is why it’s

so often seen in the luxurious banquet

halls of historic homes. Because red is

such an upbeat color, it may not be the

best choice for rooms where you want

serenity and calm.

Joyous orange

Like red, orange is a great choice for

spaces dedicated to fun, food, and

sociability. It’s a warm, uplifting and

optimistic color, and just a pop or two

is enough to brighten a room. On its

own, or paired with blue (its opposite

on the color wheel), orange produces

a highly stimulating effect.

Colors speak to us all by provoking

emotional and even physical responses.

Before committing to a color scheme,

consult your Lawrance interior designer

to uncover its hidden possibilities.

By mastering this most elemental

of languages, you can make a room

speak volumes.

The color you choose says

more than you might think




Blue can make

a room feel cooler or

cosier, depending on its



The warm earth

tones in this room help

bring the beach indoors.