Colour can have a profound effect on how we feel.
Most people have an emotional response to interiors and this if often dictated by the colour in the room.
When you understand the psychology of colour in the home; you can actually change how a room feels.
By choosing a certain colour, you can dictate how a room feels. Cosy, calm, vibrant, fun or restful.
Understanding colour and its impact on interiors is probably one of the most important things to get right.
Because the colours you choose for your home will affect your lifestyle. Colours can calm your mind, help you sleep and even make you feel hungry.
Here we take a look at some colours for your home and why they may work – or not – in certain rooms.
The colour violet is associated with wisdom and the mind.
Its calming qualities make it a suitable colour for a bedroom, as you see in this relaxing bedroom scheme using tones of violet.
Violet can also be a good colour for hallways, but moderation is the key because if used too much, the affect can be overpowering.
If you are designing a room to inspire creativity and communication, blue would be an excellent choice.
There is “blue sky thinking” after all!
A home-based office, decorated in light blue tones would be a good colour choice as blue is associated with learning and “of the mind”.
Blue has been shown to promote intellectual thought, so if you decorating a study to write your first novel or need inspiration to start an interior design course, choose blue!
The next time you are in a restaurant, see if there are shades of red in the interior. You will probably find that there are, as red has been proven to stimulate appetite.
Red is therefore a logical and great colour choice for dining areas.
In a small space, red can make a room feel cosy and warm. However, use in moderation, so that the room does not feel oppressive or claustrophobic.
The balancing and harmonising colours of green makes it a good colour choice for almost any room in the house, but it works particularly well in bedrooms and living rooms.
As the colour of nature, green can have a restful, serene effect, giving the sense of stability and security.
Too much green in one room however, can make it almost too calming. The way to counteract this would be to inject some more vibrant colours such as red, purple or orange.
As one of the most vibrant colours on the colour wheel, yellow is supposed to promote feelings of confidence and energy. It is known as the colour of happiness and health.
Yellow, as the colour most closely linked to the nervous system, can stimulate mental activity, so is a good choice for a home-based office.
Despite its association with being an uplifting colour, you will rarely find yellow in hospitals as it is supposed to have an adverse effect on people who are already emotionally stressed.
As yellow tends to keep our minds ‘switched on’, it is used best in hallways, busy kitchens or north-facing rooms.
And for the same reason, avoid using yellow in a bedroom due to its invigorating qualities, as it could result in restless sleep.
Indigo is considered a very spiritual colour and therefore has a sedate and calming effect on interiors.
Its feminine qualities, with its serene and tranquil properties make it a good choice for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Indigo is also supposed to be helpful for studying; so would make a good choice for a home-based office.
Avoid indigo in areas for entertainment however; as it may have a slightly lifeless and bland feel to the room.
The warm and energising properties of orange can make it a fabulous colour for a creative space, living room or dining area.
It can make a room appear smaller, as it is a strong advancing colour, so it is best used in larger spaces.
Avoid orange in a bedroom as its stimulating qualities would not lend itself to a restful or peaceful night. Instead, choose orange for eating areas, as it is also supposed to aid digestion.
Pink is the colour of unconditional love. In interiors its soothing nature can make a room feel peaceful and restful.
Its calming qualities are so effective and powerful that pink has even been used to decorate prison cells to make new inmates feel more relaxed.
It is ideal in a baby or child’s room but if you don’t want the room to look too feminine and sickly sweet, try counterbalancing the scheme with some hints of grey, charcoal or black.
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