Colour is such a powerful but under-utilised design element. We use it mainly to make our homes look attractive, but it does so much more than this. You can use colour to create different atmospheres and encourage certain behaviours in your home. If you use it to your advantage, you can make your home become a place you love to spend your time in because it reflects who you are and supports your wellbeing.
So how can you use colour to create the right atmosphere in your home? Knowing the psychology behind colours and the effect they have can help you to bring balance into your home.
White is one of the most popular colours for interiors. It is pure, and it's clean, and it can help you to shut your mind off. This is probably the reason why it is so popular because of the busyness of our lives, and when you go home, you want to switch off.
But, it can feel cold and aloof if you don't use the right white for you or you use too much of it.
Black is also used a lot more in interiors now. A small amount of it if you love black can look elegant and sophisticated. It can also feel heavy and oppressive if you use too much of it.
Blue is calm and serene in the lighter tones. It is an excellent choice for bedrooms because it helps to soothe your mind and helps support restful sleep. It's also great to use in studies and home offices because it aids creative thinking. Dark blues and bright, intense blues are stimulating on your mind and are more likely to keep you awake if used in your bedroom. Also suitable for home offices and studies to help you stay focused and to encourage concentration.
Interestingly, blue suppresses the appetite, so kitchens and dining rooms aren't the best areas to use blue.
Green is the colour of new life and rejuvenation, just like in nature. You might find yourself drawn to tones of green in times of stress and uncertainty. Another colour beneficial for bedrooms, lounge rooms and studies because of its calming and relaxing effect. Green, with lots of yellow in it, like lime green, is best avoided in bedrooms because it is stimulating.
Brown is warm and safe and can make rooms feel safe and supportive. Wood, stone, leather and other natural materials have that feeling of being grounded and reliable.
Living rooms are the perfect room to use tones of brown because this is where we like to feel secure.
Red is a physical colour and affects you in this way, regardless of the tone you use. Light, pale reds, like pink, are physically soothing and are suitable for rooms where you want to relax like a bedroom or lounge room. Bright or intense reds are physically stimulating and are ideal for spaces where action and energy are required. Playrooms or home gyms are where you will benefit from red, and small amounts in dining rooms can help to stimulate conversation.
Orange is warm and friendly. It's fun and stimulating. Bright and intense oranges are suitable for rooms where social interaction is encouraged like kitchens and dining rooms. Softer oranges like peach and salmon are perfect for bedrooms because they are soothing and romantic.
Yellow is great for your confidence. It is warm, welcoming and happy. It can give your self-esteem a boost when you are feeling low. Think about how you feel on a bright sunny day. You can't help but feel happier. Yellow is suitable for eating areas, especially where you eat breakfast because it can set your mood for the day.
It can be too stimulating for bedrooms, especially in bright, intense tones.
We are attracted to colours at different times, depending on what is happening in your life. Suppose you are feeling imbalanced in a particular area of your life, like having an emotional upheaval. You may find yourself attracted to yellows because this is the colour of our emotions. You can use small amounts of colour in your home, like cushions or quilts, or in your clothes to support you in times when you need it.
I encourage you to have a good look at the colours you have decorated your home with and think about the effect that they have on you on a day to day basis.
Do they make you feel happy and relaxed? Or excited and full of energy? Do you have some rooms that drag you down and you find yourself irritated or tired after being in them for a certain amount of time?
Maybe it's time to do some redecorating.
Which colours do you find that support you the most? Let me know in the comments.
12 August 2020