Colour Psychology in Interior Decorating

Interior decorating relies heavily on aesthetic – how to make your home look appealing using a combination of colours and objects that are strategically placed. There is a science that more people should adhere to when making décor decisions in their home – colour psychology. It is the study of how different colours affect human emotion and behaviour. Colour can govern the mood of people within the room. Use the right colour and you can create a vibrant relaxed space. Paint with the wrong colour and it can make you feel tense and anxious. Colour psychology is something you should consider when you’re painting the interior of your home. But which colours should you use? Well, that’s what this blog sets out to discuss.

How will you use the room?

How you use the room and at which times of day is going to play a big factor in choosing colours. Colours react differently to lighting. A room that you only use at night (i.e. bedroom) will look much better (and be more comforting) with deep, darker tones because of the way the colour responds to artificial light. However, that colour is not going to have the same affect when bright sun of the morning is shining in. In fact, it might have a negative impact on you. On the other hand, bright bolder colours work well with natural light. If you use the room during all hours of the day, a neutral tone will work best for different lighting conditions.

How do you want to feel?

The science of colour psychology is new. While there is some basis about what colour causes what, you should not invest too much in what most people say and approach it intuitively – how the colour makes you feel. The Dulux (Our paint of choice) colour app makes it easy to visualize paint colours in your particular setting However, there is some evidence suggesting that types of colours are associated with emotions. For examples, saturated colours (red, orange and red) are invigorating and tend to raise our energy levels, while cool colours like green and blue relax us. Using common sense, you wouldn’t want to put too many saturated colours around your home. Besides the fact that it might be a little much in terms of interior decorating, the home is generally a safe and comfortable environment. It is the place we come to relax and unwind at the end of the day. That is why you tend to see muted, neutral tones in people’s homes. Let’s say that, you have a home office. Just like in a real office, bolder colours might be beneficial in stimulating productivity and creativity. It’s all good saying you want to have colours for each room to get a certain result, but at the end of the day, you probably want to create a sense of continuity with a colour theme running throughout the house. As mentioned earlier, go with colours that feel right for you. Allure Painting know a bit about colours – after all, it’s our business. If you want a hand picking a colour for your home, why don’t you give us a call? We’d be happy to help out.