Home Decorating based on your Color Personality
Confused about selecting color for your home? Why not try choosing decorating colors based on your unique personality? I decided to have a bit of fun and searched out several websites that discuss color personality types.
The Pratt and Lambert color quiz was the most comprehensive color personality test of all those I reviewed. Taking into account not only color likes but other factors that make you uniquely you. This test was the only one that returned a color scheme that was very similar to my personal decorating style. I was impressed. According to the Pratt & Lambert site my color personality:
By the Seaside
Colors in this palette are reminiscent of a sunny seaside. These combinations are refreshing and invigorating. They provide sparkle with lightness while also imbuing a sense of soothing calm. Oceanic hues are ideal for making a bathroom, bedroom or study an oasis. These colors provide a balance for those with a hectic life. The person who decorates with these colors is looking for their home to be their escape.
Take the Pratt & Lambert Paint Quiz
Home and Garden TV has an interesting color wheel that you can spin with your mouse and find the color that sings to your soul.
When I spun the color wheel my eyes landed on my favorite color: Pink. Once I selected Pink, I was given five other shades of pink to choose from. I ended up selecting two pinks (Lavender Pink and Hot Pink) I adore. According to the HGTV site these color choices mean:
If you like lavender pink, you’re seeking to be more inventive. New possibilities flood your mind. By constantly examining possible practical applications, you create new things, new ideas. Using this purple-pink shade in room design is empowering. You and others will become more determined and self-constructive in a lavender pink office or library. Because it invites warm, exciting conversations, it’s perfect for dining or living rooms. Guests will feel welcomed.
If you like hot pink, you’re constantly thinking about exciting things to do. Through your body language and appearance, without even being aware, youâ€™re sending out enticing messages. Designing with this magenta shade of pink creates adventurous conversations and situations. It makes you and others less skeptical and more enthusiastic. Use this color to turn dull into exciting. Think party room!
Next up was Resene Paints of New Zealand. They offered up a personality quiz based on seasonal concepts developed by Johannes Itten. According to the Resene Paint website, “focusing on your dominant colour personality when developing a room scheme can help you put together colour schemes that feel right quickly and easily”. Their test was designed to help define your dominant and possibly secondary color personality. Sounded interesting, so ff I went to take the test.
After answering 10 questions I was presented with my color personality. I’m mixed: Winter (Primary) and Summer (Secondary). So what did it mean? According to the Resene descriptions:
Not scared to use strong colour, Winters often love reds but avoid soft pinks. Achromatic colour schemes employing tonal variations of black, white and grey are commonplace, giving clean lines and sharp contrasts. Assertive purples are considered a safe choice for the main colour in a colour scheme, a sharp contrast to other seasons who will use purple sparingly as an accent. Blues run the gamut of ice blues through to blue blacks, cool and delineating and reflect onto the green palette giving a range of strong aquas. Neutrals are blacks, whites and greys for dramatic relief against the stronger feature colours. You won’t find warm creams here. Simple colour schemes are favoured – one colour as the canvas and then accents of other strong colours for contrast and drama. Like Winter personalities, the Winter palette is self-assured and intense. Subtle colours are left to the other seasons.
At first I thought, no way. Pinks are my favorite colors and the Winter description is telling me to avoid soft pinks. The test did say I was mixed, so before I wrote the test off I took a look at my Summer description.
Close to nature, blues and greens are important in the Summer palette, with blue often being the favourite colour perhaps contrasted with soft pinks and yellows. Oranges are banished from the palette – too hot to sit comfortably with the cool palette. The Summer palette is subtle. Primary colours are greyed off eliminating the clean brightness of the original hues. Neutrals are drawn from soft greys, taupes, oysters and whites for a cooling touch. Creams are too warm to suit the summer palette. Decorating is cool, elegant and understated.
Being a mixed color personality type explains the contradiction of “avoiding soft pinks” in Winter and “using soft pinks” in my Summer profile. When I looked at the color swatches I noticed that my favorite pinks where included in both the Winter and Summer palettes.
Take the Resene Paint Color Personality Test.
The BHG color test was quick to take but it returned the color Yellow as my ideal shade. I do like yellow but only in very small doses. So of all the color quizzes I’d have to say the BHG color personality quiz was not the most accurate gauge of my color preferences. But it is fun so if you’d like to take the Better Homes and Garden Color Quiz it only takes a few minutes and who knows, you might find your ideal color schemes.