Whether you’re completely redecorating a room, or just adding a pop of colour, choosing the right colour scheme can be very difficult – especially when you want different rooms to provoke different moods. It may seem a coincidence that your emotions can seem to perfectly mirror the hue of the walls of the room that you’re standing in, but there’s scientific evidence that the colours of your home have an emotional impact on your mood.
Different colours create different moods in your home by communicating different feelings such as excitement, passion, serenity or intrigue. For example, blue is a wonderful colour to use in a bedroom, as it’s associated with tranquillity, healing and softness. In today’s helpful advice blog, we’re looking at how by exploring colour theory in interior design, you can create just the mood you are looking for.
A bold, sophisticated choice, when it comes to interior colours, black isn’t the most obvious choice. If you paint the entire room in black it would probably create a depressing, cold, and very sad ambience. However, used sparingly and in the right way, black can create a luxurious impact.
Black is rare in that it goes with any other colour, so it can be used in combination for any room. It’s great for adding depth and highlighting areas, so works particularly well for picture frames and bookshelves. Currently it’s extremely popular to combine black highlights with a white base colour, to give a minimal, Scandinavian feel to a home.
Painting your walls white or an off-white is a great way to help your home feel more spacious and open. The colour white in a room gives an automatic feeling of cleanliness and purity, and is normally associated with minimalist interiors. The lack of colour can create a tranquil and calm space, but it’s important to introduce pops of statement colour to avoid your home looking too sterile. Combined with wooden elements and colourful furnishings, white walls can be extremely effective.
Blue is a very calming colour that can make you feel centred, relaxed and serene. Light blue is known to help lower blood pressure, clear the mind and help steady one’s breathing, so it’s not surprising that it’s proven to be the most calming shade of colour for a bedroom, giving the most hours of sleep a night on average. It’s also proven to suppress appetite, so if you’re trying to lose weight maybe consider a blue kitchen! Dark blue, however, provokes feelings of power and integrity.
Red is the colour of love, passion, fire and strength. In sharp contrast to blue, red is known to raise blood pressure, heartbeat and irritability. It’s one of the most stimulating colours in the spectrum, and so is a great colour to use for socialising. Shades of red can be used to make a room warm and inviting, especially around Christmas and festive times. An important colour in Asian culture, it carries a heavy weight of good luck. We would suggest only using this colour in living rooms and rooms used for socialising, rather than in relaxing spaces.
Yellow is an incredible uplifting colour, known to brighten your mood and increase your energy. The colour of optimism, it’s a good idea to use yellow in areas where you want to create a positive atmosphere, like kitchens and hallways. It’s also known to stimulate muscle energy and mental activity, so it’s worth trying to introduce this colour into areas of work and study.
Green is a great colour for a home office, as it symbolises prosperity and nourishment. It is one of the most restful colours for your eyes and is known to be restorative, mind-clearing and encourage composure. Representing nature and growth, it can make you feel balanced and relaxed. It’s also a very inspiring colour, so can be a great choice for creative studios or art rooms.
Purple is a rich, dramatic colour that is historically the colour of royalty and luxury. Known in Feng Shui to promote prosperity, deep purples give off a mysterious and luxurious vibe and are great for sparking creativity. A very powerful colour, it’s best to introduce this colour slowly and gently, in small amounts. Purple makes a wonderful choice for a bedroom, creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere.
It’s well know that large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves and helps relieve feelings of anger, aggression and neglect. It actually has the opposite affect to its primary colour, red, as the longer you are exposed to it, the calmer you will become. Promoting tenderness and comfort, lighter pinks are great for childrens’ rooms and social rooms; anywhere you want to promote feelings of love, playfulness and kindness.
The psychological effect of colours is a fascinating area of interior design, and if you’re looking to decorate your home it’s something that should be taken into account. Remember that it’s important not to use too many colours, as this can leave your room looking cluttered and busy. It’s also interesting to note that people tend to feel most comfortable in rooms with colours that reflect their personalities; a bold, confident person may feel happier in a red room, while a more shy, retiring person might be happier in a lighter room with soft blue or pink shades. Make sure you think about the emotions that you’d like to evoke and then pop on over to our favourite home design resources to find your inspiration!
Whatever colours you decide to pick, it’s important to choose ones that will make you happy and relaxed in your home. Choosing a statement blind or window dressing is a wonderful way to bring in a pop of statement colour to completely change the feel of a room easily and quickly. Get in touch with the blind experts today for a free quote!