What’s in a Colour? The Psychology Behind Interior Design
When decorating your property, you’re more likely to have design rather than psychology on your mind. However, studies show that the interior design of your home can greatly impact your mood. To avoid feeling blue at home, here are our pointers on what to consider as you create your aesthetic.
Choosing the Right Colours for Interior Design
There’s something intuitive about our understanding of colours, but it helps to clarify what emotion a colour evokes in a room before choosing it for your walls. For a clean, modern look, choosing a monochrome colour scheme using black or white is a good start. While white looks bright, fresh and adds spaciousness to your interior, black used in large amounts looks sophisticated and mysterious – perfect for recreating a Scandi-noir style at home.
Brighter colours, such as blue and green, have strong psychological associations. While light blues are calming, and perfect for creating a spa-like bathroom, bolder blues are often associated with confidence, productivity and intelligence, which might suit a home office. Green is commonly associated with harmony and growth, so use this colour, accented or layered, to add a peaceful, soothing touch to a space. Unsurprisingly, a pop of yellow brings energy and optimism to a room – but as with any bright colour, use this carefully!
This advice is particularly true of red. Although reds and oranges can add an opulent, warm tone to rooms, red may also be associated with danger and anxiety. If you’re bold enough to go ahead, use reds paired with rich gold or brown tones, or use on a single wall for a modern, pop-art inspired statement.
The colours you’d like to fill your room with will, of course, depend on your taste. By researching the associations of colours that you like, you can more easily pair your taste to the atmosphere you’d like to create in each room and get on your way to decorating a harmonious home.
Designing a Complementary Colour Scheme for Your Home Interior
Once you’ve decided on the colours you’d like to use, it’s helpful to understand some basic tenets of colour theory as you pair furniture, accessories and statement pieces in each room. When choosing items that will complement the main colours of your room, remember that they may tint, shade or tone down the colour you’ve chosen – and change the feeling accordingly.
Playing colours off against each other will add variety to your room. Use contrasting colours, which you can find on any colour wheel, to juxtapose different parts of your room. Particularly when using bright colours, be sure to add neutral colours to your room to give your eyes a break.
Whatever colours you choose, it’s important that you enjoy the feeling of your design. Go with colours that you like and feel free to break the rules. It’s your house, after all, and should be designed to make you happy.
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