Feeling blue? Seeing red? We often associate certain moods with colours, so why shouldn’t we incorporate this theory in interior design? Colour psychology suggests that certain colours can affect our moods depending on how we use it. Experts have shown that by incorporating specific colours into different areas of your home, you can create a harmonious and welcoming space for you and your guests.
It’s hard to resist the allure of McDonald’s trademark red and yellow. That is because these colours are known to increase your appetite. They are warm and inviting and that’s why many people will use them in their own kitchens. However, if you are trying to watch your weight, blue can help deter you from overeating. For example, studies were done and those who ate off a blue plate tended to eat less than those eating off a red plate. Consider that for your next dinner party.
Red is also known to stimulate conversation, but its power can overwhelm some people and lead to tense moments. Fortunately, its Christmas counterpart green can correct that. It combines the cool, soothing tones of blue and the happiness yellow. This creates a comfortable setting that is perfect for a living room. Also, green is a universal colour that it can be used in almost any area of the home.
Pure, clean and illuminating: white. This shade can brighten a bathroom making it feel like a spa. Cool, refreshing blue can add to that feeling and also bring a sense of calm. However, if you find that makes it feel too cold, add some warmth in pale yellows or soft browns. Yellow can energize, while brown brings warmth and comfort. A neutral colour such as brown can add a sense of flow throughout the home and works very well when paired with other colours.
After a long day, all you want to do is rest. Unfortunately, the strong red you felt would elicit passion will not let you settle down. This is where you can flow some blue from the bathroom into your bedroom. A peaceful blue can be just the thing to relax you. Purple works just as well and also adds some of the warmth and passion you wanted with the red. It’s the perfect colour compromise.
While we’re on the colour blue, did you know that it is said to increase productivity? Green also helps when you’re trying to focus on a given task. These colours will keep you at ease and stimulate your intellect at the same time. For creative professionals, purple can provide inspiration while working in your home office.
Colour, in the end, is a personal choice. So use these tips as you please and ask yourself this one question: what colours affect you?
By Meagan Dieroff