The Psychology of Colour in Home Interiors
The colour of your home is the foundation of your entire interior design, which makes it a pivotal feature to get right. Each colour is more than just a shade to look at and many options bring with them a psychological feeling too.
What’s more, it can cost as much as £400 to paint one room, so you’ll want to know what each colour you can choose means for your brain, so you don’t accidentally paint your home a colour that doesn’t match your internal vibe.
Whether you’re looking to inject new life into your existing home or you’ve just bought your first house and want to pick the right colour to make it your own, we’ll help you by delving into the psychology of different colours and what they mean. Read on to find out more.
The Power of Warm and Cool Colours
The first step in the colour-picking process is to decide whether you want warm or cool colours.
Warm colours like reds, oranges and yellows combined with the ambient lighting from stunning lamps create a cosy and inviting atmosphere.
Cool colours, on the other hand, promote calm and serenity, which may boost your mental health when you spend time in your home.
This is the colour of passion, energy and warmth, which makes it brilliant for rooms like the kitchen. Red is believed to stimulate the appetite for conversation and raise blood pressure, so keeping it out of relaxing rooms like the bedroom is wise.
Blue is the hue of serenity and tranquility, making it ideal for rooms of relaxation such as the bathroom or bedroom. Plus, blue is believed to be a safe colour, so painting your home with it can make it feel like a truly safe space that you can unwind in every day.
This is the colour of nature and balance, which gives us a connection with the outdoors. Visiting green spaces is known to help those struggling with mental health problems, so inviting these benefits into your home may provide a much-needed boost to your wellbeing.
If you need some cheerfulness or optimism in your life, then yellow is the shade for you. Rooms like your home office or other spaces that you need to boost productivity will let you thrive with the addition of yellow walls.
Neutral tones offer a timeless look that you won’t soon grow tired of. Examples include beige, grey or white, which are all wonderful options. These often act as the ideal backdrop to help make the accents and furniture in your home stand out more.
We know just how challenging it can be to choose a new colour for your home, so we recommend experimenting with different colours in the rooms around your home. Be sure to use our advice to create the right energy for your home, so you can be confident that the colours make living more comfortable.
Once you’ve decided on your hue, you must make sure you add the right coloured features to the room, so there are no clashes. Colour clashes are an eyesore, so make sure you get it right and don’t mess with the vibe to take away the energy that the room is supposed to be giving.
Jenny Kakoudakis likes to blog about interiors. She launched award-winning Seasons in Colour in 2014. When she is not chasing criminals out of the financial system (her day job), she gets creative by redecorating her own home.
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