If you’re thinking of redecorating your home, or are starting from scratch with a new-build, the psychology of colour is something that you should definitely consider. It may seem trivial, but there are certain ways that colour influences our emotions and this might help your household design decisions.
Here at TML Decorators, we have a wealth of experience as painters and decorators, which has helped us understand the psychology of colour. We have used this expertise to guide you through it in our latest blog below.
Blue is, potentially, one of the most common primary colours that we find in interiors of any kind – whether commercial or residential. This colour is extremely popular as it sparks an association with trust and loyalty, which is also why it is so often used for the branding of large corporations. Blue can also evoke calmness as it resonates with a connection with the sea and the sky.
In terms of household design or redecorating, blue is a great colour for spare bedrooms and communal spaces such as playrooms. Blue also works perfectly in bathrooms as it reminds us of the ocean and bodies of water.
Refreshing, friendly and a reminder of nature, green is a great choice for your interior design. It’s a cool and soothing colour that is also comfortably neutral – if you opt for lighter and pastel shades – which makes green ideal, again, for communal areas like your living room. Green is also great for kitchens and bathrooms and as it is clean and natural-feeling, so could be used as an accent in your wall tiles, for example.
If you’re looking for a colour that is youthful and fun but can also be subtle and used tastefully, orange is a great option. Dependent on the shade, orange can evoke an array of feelings; darker and richer oranges remind us of autumn and warmth, whereas light and pastel hues are a subtle and jovial accent.
Consider using orange as a highlighting accent throughout your home with subtle accessories and dashes of the colour in tiles (great in bathrooms and kitchens), for example.
Purple – as used by Julius Caesar – is regal and strong in its connotations. This colour was a common signifier of status during the Roman period, which means a correlation between royalty and purple has trickled down into the modern day. It’s rich and lavish and can be a great accent, but may become garish if overused.
Decorative pieces, accessories and furnishings, are where purple works well; a deep purple sofa, for example, would work fantastically in a cosy living room with muted lighting.
Red is generally seen as a physical colour, associated with danger, anger, and warnings. That’s why it is common in road traffic signs/signals, but also with graphics promoting discounts, as it is generally sure to grab our attention.
In terms of utilising red in your household design, it should be seen as an accent and great a way to add some colour into a space. We strongly recommend against painting entire walls or rooms red, for example, as this can become overwhelming.
Yellow is another colour not too commonly found in household designs of the 21st century. It is bold and can be brash, if used incorrectly, but can emote senses of summer, freshness, and activity if used correctly.
For this fact, we suggest that it can be used well in children’s’ bedrooms and bathrooms as it is a bright colour. Be careful to use sparingly and in the right shade as to not be overzealous with the colour.
In the end, the idea of choosing the right colour for your space comes down to personal preference. Considering the psychology of colour can help to influence better design decisions, but they are not hard and fast guidelines to making your household design perfect; the only way to do this is to make decisions based upon your taste and judgements in your specific circumstances.
If you are looking into redecorating, or household design in general, and would like to employ the service of seasoned professionals, please reach out to us here at TML Decorators. We are experienced and base our work strongly on customer satisfaction.
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