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It’s well known that colour can alter our mood and have a profound effect on how we feel. 

Our subconscious mind reacts to the current environment you are in, in a subliminal manner that you may not be aware. We have an emotional response to interiors and this is often due to the colour tones in the room. By understanding the psychology of colour around your home, you can actually change how a room affects you and your feelings. Certain colours can dictate how a room feels whether it is cozy, calm, vibrant, fun or simply just restful. By understanding the colour and its impact on interiors is probably one of the most important things to get right when building or renovating your home.

Why?

Because the colours you choose for your home will affect your lifestyle – from calming your mind, helping you to sleep or even making you feel hungry. And you may not even realise that.

Colour psychology is used widely in branding and marketing but it’s also a powerful interior design tool that arguably has more of an impact on the mood of a room than any other factor.

So, with that in mind, what colours work or don’t work in certain rooms?

Purple 

The colour purple is associated with wisdom, wealth and the mind. It’s also associated with royalty and all that power. Some people perceive its overuse as arrogant and overpowering. If you can incorporate purple to make a design look more luxurious and wealthier or lighter purple to show romance and mystery, when well executed, it can be outstanding.

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If you are designing a room to inspire creativity and communication, then blue would be an excellent choice. A home-based office, decorated in light blue tones would be a good colour choice as it is associated with learning and ‘of the mind’. Researchers say Blue has shown to promote intellectual thought, so it makes the perfect choice for an office or study room.

Deep, bold hues, such as navy and royal blue, are great for evoking confidence and are associated with admirable qualities such as loyalty, trust, peace and success. Lighter shades of the colour instill a feeling of calm and tranquility at home which makes them great for bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces.

Black 

Black is the go-to colour of all time in all aspects of life. Black neutrality gives it a fail-safe quality and promises sleek sophistication. It’s proven a powerful accent colour. This colour results in power, drama and mystery. Blends well with any accent colour. It screams modern, industrial setting and never dates so it has often a contemporary appeal and even to traditional spaces.

Red 

Next time you go to a restaurant, see if there are shades of red in the interior – and the reason they have chosen red is that it has been proven to stimulate your appetite. That makes it a logical choice for a dining room. It can be energizing, exciting for the emotions and motivating to take action. A great leader’s colour choice. In a small space, red can make a room feel cozy and warm. However, use in moderation, so that the room does not feel oppressive or claustrophobic.

It certainly is an attention-grabbing colour and the reason it’s often used to warn people of impending danger.

Green 

Green makes a good colour choice for almost any room in the house but works particularly well in bedrooms and living rooms due to its balancing and harmonizing colours. As the colour of nature, green can have a restful, serene effect, giving the sense of stability and security.

However, too much green in one room can make it almost too calming. The way to counteract this would be to inject some more vibrant contrast colour such as red, purple or orange into the room décor.

Brown 

Brown is linked to feelings of comfort and relaxation. The neutral hue is also said to be a symbol of structure, support and stability as therefore lends itself well to areas such as kitchens, providing a tasteful and timeless canvas for family gatherings. It can work well and effectively in a rugged, masculine environment and so many natural materials such as wood and stone, work a brown palette.

Yellow  

Yellow is the colour most closely linked to the nervous system, can stimulate mental activity and so could be an excellent choice for a home-base office. Remember the yellow walls of the classroom?

As one of the most vibrant colours, yellow is supposed to promote feelings of confidence and energy. It is known as the colour of happiness and health. It screams‘ yellow chairslook at me’ and will make the viewer feel optimistic and cheerful.

Orange 

Orange is a combination of yellow and red and is considered an energetic colour.  The warm and energizing 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 so it is best used in larger rooms.

Avoid orange in a bedroom as its stimulating qualities would not lend itself to a restful or peaceful night’s sleep. Instead, choose orange for eating areas, as it is also supposed to aid digestion.

Pink 

The colour pink is believed to have a calming effect and associated with love, kindness, and femininity. Perfect choice for a little girl’s bedroom.

In interiors, its soothing nature can make a room feel peaceful and restful. Its calming qualities are so effective and powerful that pink has been used to decorate prison cells to make new inmates feel more relaxed. Pink can easily be transferred from the bedroom to living room schemes if executed well.

Try counterbalancing the pink colour scheme with some hints of grey, charcoal, or black. 

Grey 

Grey is one of those versatile colours that can take on a range of personalities. The shade in colour psychology is thought to influence perceptions of security, intelligence and solidity. It also said to stir calmness and composure which is ideal for family homes with excitable little ones.

If you are trying to create a particular feel for your home without ending up with a rainbow beaming through, then let’s see what is the best choice for your home and organize a meeting with me today. Just phone 0413 596 131 and let’s get started.

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