Everyone loves color. Or do they? Some people use color with abandon in their homes. Each room is a different color and they use many patterns and prints. Other people like to decorate in a monochrome fashion using different shades of the same color. Some folks just can't decide what to do and paint all the walls white.
You have heard me say before neutral, keep things neutral. But don't abandon color completely. Because color has an effect on people you should use it wisely. Do keep your walls and large pieces of furniture neutral. That does not mean all white or beige. With a neutral base you can use color in your art work and accent pieces. There are many shades and hues of each color. The intensity and saturation of color can affect you in various ways. Use the trigrams/compass directions to help you decide what color to use in each room.
Let's take white as an example. When you add the slightest tint to white it can have a completely different look and act differently on you. There is pure white, blue white, pink white, yellow white, green white, beige white. All of them are white, but even these pale tints will give a different mood to a room. In a bedroom for instance you would not want to use a cold pure white. Instead you might choose white with just a touch of warmth, a little pinkish perhaps. But not too much or it could impair your sleep. Or maybe a more creamy white with just a touch of yellow in it.
Blue can have many tones also. There is true blue, lavender blue, aqua blue, greenish blue, purplish blue etc. Blue can be a cold color or it can have a warm feeling. The cooler blues are normally felt to be relaxing but used in the colder areas of your house it can have a chilling effect.
Olive green, grass green, spring green, bluish green, moss green, lime green, the list can go on. Greens go well in the East and Southeast areas of your home.
Too many colors can create confusion and make you irritable. When you can see into several rooms make sure the colors harmonize, use the same color or use a variation of the same color to create unity. Balance light and dark colors according to the compass location of the room. A lot of dark colors in the North may become gloomy and depressing, especially in the winter in colder climates. On the other hand, painting a room in the North of your house in bright white could make you feel cold all the time.
So think about unity, direction, function when you choose colors for your home. Balance is the key.