Psychological Effects Of Color In Interior Design

Color has a psychological effects on the way people feel, that is why when thinking of decorating and painting your home or a room, take in consideration the effect color will have on yourself and your family.

 

Psychological Effects of Color in the Home

Colors affects the mood of people in many ways and when it comes to decorating it can also affect the mood of the room; therefore it is important to choose colors wisely. We all have our own color preferences but here is how the psychological effects of color can help you choose the best color to set the mood and atmosphere for a room and create a specific feeling for that space:

WHITE can create the psychological sense of more space and cleanliness and works well in kitchens and bathrooms, but when it comes to using white in other spaces rather than the kitchen and bathroom it is best to blend it with other colors. Tinted colors are more effective and create a more modern look.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF BLACK – While white can create the sense of space, black on the other hand can create the opposite, making a room look smaller, tight and claustrophobic (oppressive). Using black wisely, it can bring depth, elegance and a bit of drama to a room, e.g. paint the frame of a large mirror black, a black vase or paint an accent wall black as background for a large colorful painting. Black is a great choice as an accent color.

black accent style living room design psychology

BROWN is a natural, rich and cozy color – think shades of coffee, chocolate and many other shades. You can use brown (mahogany and dark chocolate) to add sophistication and richness to your interior. For a natural luxurious look choose brown materials like wood and leather.

hotel room accent color brown

BLUE is a cooling, clean, calming and relaxing color and is said to slow down heart rate and bring down blood pressure. It works well in bathrooms and bedrooms. Try to avoid very dark blues as a main color as it can make a room a little depressing.

beah style blue accent colors psychology

RED is an energizing color, drawing people together and provoking conversation. It is also said to be an appetite booster and a medium shade of red is great for use in your kitchen and dining room. Red can be used to make a room seem warmer in the winter and a more welcoming impression Be careful not to use red shades that are to dark e.g. crimson as it is associated with aggression, rage and high blood pressure.

rd wall red bed modern home

ORANGE is a vibrant, energetic color that evokes enthusiasm and excitement. Like red it stimulate conversation, connect people while sidestepping the blood pressure part. It is perfect for a workout room as it is believed to increase energy levels and make you feel energize and alert. While not a good color to use in the living room or bedroom orange can be incorporated with other colors to give a room an instant lift.

YELLOW is the color of sunshine, happiness, warmth, optimism, wisdom and prosperity. It can make a room feel friendly and cheerful and make small spaces feel bigger. Used in large amounts it can be over stimulating and make people irritable and argumentative. According to color psychology babies seem to cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow works well in kitchens, dinning rooms and bathrooms and in the hallway and entrance of your home it can create a warm, bright and welcoming feeling.

GREEN is the color of nature, it is calming and soothing to the eye and it symbolizes abundance, wealth and hope. It mixes well with many colors and looks great in the living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom as it makes you feel relaxed, helps you unwind and helps to eliminate depression and anxiety. If you are thinking of painting the walls green, try softening it down by adding natural colors e.g. a bit of white or gray respectively. By softening it down it will help you unwind and rest easier in the evening when you just want to relax.

PURPLE – The combination of blue and red, purple is the color of royalty, luxury, creativity and wisdom and is associated with wealth and power. Purple can have calming effects over the mind and nerves and can be used in any room of your house.

GREY – A mix between white and black – used well, the color grey can be modern, relaxed, subtle and lend an elegant formality to a room. If you want to create an air of calm, understated confidence, grey is the color to go for. Grey works perfect with colors like red, pale blue, purple (violet) green … any of the above mentioned colors.

Living room interior 3d render

The 60-30-10 rule

When it comes to decorating and painting a room and working with color, few people know about the 60-30–10 rule and how it can help you achieve the correct ratio with the colors you are planning to use.

What is the 60-30-10 rule? When painting and decorating a room divide the colors as follow:

60% in the dominant color (60% of a room’s color is from the walls – paint / wall paper or large anchor pieces.) This should be the main color to build your Platte from.

30% in the secondary color (30% of a room’s color is the furniture, upholstery, rugs, etc. Try different tones of this color to keep the room interesting).

10% in an accent color (10% of room’s color from decor, artwork and smaller pieces to add depth and sparkle to a room).

Example:

Should you paint 60% of your room in a color from the grey family, you can then bring in 30% white or neutral color through bedding and textiles, the other 10% color can then be natural wood, artwork and a little metallic black and or shades of pink.

So…which color/s will you choose to create the psychological effect, mood and feel in your home / room?

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Color affects the way people feel, that is why when thinking of decorating and painting your home or a room, take in consideration the effect color will have on yourself and your family.

 

Psychological Effects of Color in the Home

Colors affects the mood of people in many ways and when it comes to decorating it can also affect the mood of the room; therefore it is important to choose colors wisely. We all have our own color preferences but here is how the psychological effects of color can help you choose the best color to set the mood and atmosphere for a room and create a specific feeling for that space:

WHITE can create the psychological sense of more space and cleanliness and works well in kitchens and bathrooms, but when it comes to using white in other spaces rather than the kitchen and bathroom it is best to blend it with other colors. Tinted colors are more effective and create a more modern look.

contemporary-home-decor-but-also-with-a-modern-style-decor-also-with-a-log-home-decor-also-with-a-asian-home-decor-also-with-a-modern-home-ornaments-in-modern-living-room-ideas

PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF BLACK – While white can create the sense of space, black on the other hand can create the opposite, making a room look smaller, tight and claustrophobic (oppressive). Using black wisely, it can bring depth, elegance and a bit of drama to a room, e.g. paint the frame of a large mirror black, a black vase or paint an accent wall black as background for a large colorful painting. Black is a great choice as an accent color.

black accent style living room design psychology

BROWN is a natural, rich and cozy color – think shades of coffee, chocolate and many other shades. You can use brown (mahogany and dark chocolate) to add sophistication and richness to your interior. For a natural luxurious look choose brown materials like wood and leather.

hotel room accent color brown

BLUE is a cooling, clean, calming and relaxing color and is said to slow down heart rate and bring down blood pressure. It works well in bathrooms and bedrooms. Try to avoid very dark blues as a main color as it can make a room a little depressing.

beah style blue accent colors psychology

RED is an energizing color, drawing people together and provoking conversation. It is also said to be an appetite booster and a medium shade of red is great for use in your kitchen and dining room. Red can be used to make a room seem warmer in the winter and a more welcoming impression Be careful not to use red shades that are to dark e.g. crimson as it is associated with aggression, rage and high blood pressure.

rd wall red bed modern home

ORANGE is a vibrant, energetic color that evokes enthusiasm and excitement. Like red it stimulate conversation, connect people while sidestepping the blood pressure part. It is perfect for a workout room as it is believed to increase energy levels and make you feel energize and alert. While not a good color to use in the living room or bedroom orange can be incorporated with other colors to give a room an instant lift.

YELLOW is the color of sunshine, happiness, warmth, optimism, wisdom and prosperity. It can make a room feel friendly and cheerful and make small spaces feel bigger. Used in large amounts it can be over stimulating and make people irritable and argumentative. According to color psychology babies seem to cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow works well in kitchens, dinning rooms and bathrooms and in the hallway and entrance of your home it can create a warm, bright and welcoming feeling.

GREEN is the color of nature, it is calming and soothing to the eye and it symbolizes abundance, wealth and hope. It mixes well with many colors and looks great in the living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom as it makes you feel relaxed, helps you unwind and helps to eliminate depression and anxiety. If you are thinking of painting the walls green, try softening it down by adding natural colors e.g. a bit of white or gray respectively. By softening it down it will help you unwind and rest easier in the evening when you just want to relax.

PURPLE – The combination of blue and red, purple is the color of royalty, luxury, creativity and wisdom and is associated with wealth and power. Purple can have calming effects over the mind and nerves and can be used in any room of your house.

GREY – A mix between white and black – used well, the color grey can be modern, relaxed, subtle and lend an elegant formality to a room. If you want to create an air of calm, understated confidence, grey is the color to go for. Grey works perfect with colors like red, pale blue, purple (violet) green … any of the above mentioned colors.

Living room interior 3d render

The 60-30-10 rule

When it comes to decorating and painting a room and working with color, few people know about the 60-30–10 rule and how it can help you achieve the correct ratio with the colors you are planning to use.

What is the 60-30-10 rule? When painting and decorating a room divide the colors as follow:

60% in the dominant color (60% of a room’s color is from the walls – paint / wall paper or large anchor pieces.) This should be the main color to build your Platte from.

30% in the secondary color (30% of a room’s color is the furniture, upholstery, rugs, etc. Try different tones of this color to keep the room interesting).

10% in an accent color (10% of room’s color from decor, artwork and smaller pieces to add depth and sparkle to a room).

Example:

Should you paint 60% of your room in a color from the grey family, you can then bring in 30% white or neutral color through bedding and textiles, the other 10% color can then be natural wood, artwork and a little metallic black and or shades of pink.

So…which color/s will you choose to create the psychological effect, mood and feel in your home / room?

Photo cred: Unsplash

Please share and make sure to Check our other posts! -> HERE

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