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Research Concerning Color in Homes and Workplaces
Over the years, many studies have been done in countries around the world to try to discover how human color preferences affect the choices we make in decorating our homes and workplaces, and one dominant fact has consistently emerged: our choice of colors seems to be based largely on the intended use of the space, whether it's in our homes or at our places of business. Here are a few of the findings from various studies:
A Japanese study found that people prefer warm colors in the interiors of their homes, which was mirrored by a study in England, although the English were a bit more eclectic, preferring warm colors in their bedrooms and neutral colors in their living rooms. English rooms were also somewhat more likely to be painted according to their function than Japanese rooms.
In the United States, an extensive study looked at workplace colors and discovered that office workers preferred low intensity colors such as light blue, aqua, or off-white for their cubicles. Another American study showed that workers were actually more productive when surrounded by light-colored walls.
Scientific research is one thing, and the results of various worldwide studies can be fascinating, although sometimes conflicting, especially when it comes to color preferences among people of different cultures.
But what does it all mean when it comes to choosing colors for your own home? After all is said and done, the bottom line really comes down to this: When choosing colors, the choice is ultimately personal. So don't listen to "the experts." Trust your instincts and preferences, and then surround yourself with the colors that make you feel the most happy and secure.
(c) Copyright 2004, Jeanette J. Fisher. All rights reserved.
Professor Jeanette Fisher, author of Doghouse to Dollhouse for Dollars, Joy to the Home, and other books teaches Real Estate Investing and Design Psychology. For more articles, tips, reports, newsletters, and sales flyer template, see http://www.doghousetodollhousefordollars.com/pages/5/index.htm
Keeping Your Home Spa Clean
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Why Are There So Many Different Light Bulbs?
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Painting and Decorating Tile
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Home Office: Identifying Your Needs
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How to Install a Ceiling Fan - A Simple Guide
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What does it take to be an Interior Designer?
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Installing a Bathroom Vanity and Countertop
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Creating Your Joyful Home: Dawning of Your Emotions
"I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light."
Pool Decks ? Add Ambiance to Your Above Ground Pool
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Protecting Yourself from Miter Saw Hazards
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Planning Permission Tips UK - Illegal Building Works - Is there an Upside?
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Old House Remodeling: Removing Old Tile and Glue
When you live in old house like I do, remodeling is always a challenge and a surprise. I am currently involved in a major kitchen remodel. Our kitchen like many kitchens, has seen better days. It was installed in the house was built back in 1945 and I'm sure it's has served its previous owners well. However, modern kitchens are large and open. This kitchen, like most kitchens of its era, a small enclosed off. We decided to open the kitchen out by removing part of the wall, removing old tile from the walls, and updating the entire kitchen with new cabinets and appliances.
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