Using colour to create mood in every mood
Studies have shown that particular colours can trigger certain feelings and emotions. Red, for example, can unlock feelings of aggression, while yellow is a feel-good colour.
The link between colours and an emotional state is so strong that marketers and designers have been tapping into it for years. But why leave it to marketers? By designing a home that takes advantage of what’s known as colour psychology, you’ll be able to more deeply enjoy the place where you spend so much of your time.
The qualities of different colours
First, let’s take a look at the different colours and the associated moods. While these generally hold true, bear in mind that personal preference and experience also play a role in how you react to a given colour.
- Red: Associated with energy, power and activity. Can trigger negative feelings in excess.
- Orange: Associated with warmth, friendship and social situations.
- Yellow: Associated with optimism, cheerfulness and laughter.
- Green: Associated with tranquility, refreshment and peace.
- Blue: Associated with calm and rest. A cool colour, it can trigger negative feelings in excess.
- Violet: Associated with problem solving, creativity and sophistication.
Where and how to incorporate different colours in your home
First, the role and purpose of each area of your home will help determine what colours are most suitable.
- The living spaces: For communal, social areas such as living rooms or foyers where you want to encourage interaction and engagement, opt for tones such as orange, yellow and red. Bear in mind that due to its intensity, red is best used as a highlight rather than as a main tone – although it can be a good energiser for a home gym area.
These tones are similarly popular for kitchen and dining areas, especially if you enjoy communal meal preparation or like to dine as a group. Note that red has been linked with increased appetite, so use it in the dining room rather than the kitchen!
If you prefer a less dramatic colour scheme, consider using neutral paint tones along with colourful highlights such as bright decor or modern blinds.
- Work areas: In your home office or study area, consider dark blues or violets, which are associated with problem solving and creativity. Alternatively, green can be used to encourage concentration.
- While at rest: For rest areas such as bedrooms, consider cooler tones such as blues and greens. The darker the hue, the greater their relaxing effect. These tones can also work in bathrooms, which are increasingly seen as a place of pampering and relaxation.
Consider incorporating blockout blinds into your décor as well. Custom made blinds are available in a variety of tones to complement your colour scheme, enhancing the overall mood you’re striving to achieve.
Choosing the appropriate colour scheme for your home can help you feel upbeat and engaged when you need to be, and well-rested and relaxed when you need to be. So get out the paint swatches or blind fabric samples and get colourising!