While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about the colour of a room we’re in, our colour choices subconsciously affect us every day. Room colour can influence our moods and thoughts without us even realising.
The colours of the rooms in your home are a reflection of your personality. Using colour is a way to express mood, character and emotion. Your colour choice in décor, furniture and accessories contributes to the overall ‘feel’ of the space, as well as playing a role in how you feel when you are in that room.
While room colour can affect people differently (based on their age, gender, ethnic background and climate), research has shown that certain colours tend to get a similar reaction from all types of people.
So, what colours should you be picking to decorate your home?
You don’t have to worry too much about the latest trends in order to have a beautiful home, as a lot of colour trends tend to come and go. You’ll mainly be drawn to colours that reflect your preference and personality.
The trick is to blend the colours you like into a pleasant combination. Once you find something you like, limit the number of colours in a room to no more than three or four. An overhaul of colours can make a room look too cluttered.
What emotions do different colours convey?
Colours act in three basic ways: active, passive and neutral. You can easily match every room’s colours to your taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colours are spacious and airy, which make rooms seem larger and brighter. Whereas dark colours are more sophisticated and warm, as they make large rooms feel more intimate.
Let’s dip a little deeper into the colour wheel to find out exactly how colours can affect our mood psychologically:
Blue is a very calming colour that can make you feel relaxed and at peace. It’s often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms as it can help lower blood pressure, clear the mind and help steady your breathing.
While blue rooms are lovely to relax in, it’s important to note that pastel blues can come across as very cold and chilly. To create a cosier feel, try furnishing your room with more warm hues of blue to balance this out.
Dark blue has the opposite effect of calming as it can induce feelings of sadness. For this reason, try to refrain from using darker blues in your main colour scheme and stick to furnishings instead.
While many of us link the colour red to romance, it actually conveys a lot of hostility and rage. Red works in the opposite way to blue, as it’s known to raise the energy level within a room, along with your blood pressure, heartbeat and irritability.
It’s a good choice for when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation, so it’s great in rooms where you may do a lot of socialising.
Yellow speaks for itself. It captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness to really brighten your mood and increase energy. It’s a great choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, and in halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming.
Although yellow is a cheerful colour, it’s might not be the best choice for a main colour scheme. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior and it can also influence babies to cry more. In large amounts, it tends to create feelings of frustration.
White rooms give an automatic feel of cleanliness and purity. Painting your walls white or off-white is a great way to help make your home feel more spacious. It’s not necessarily an energy or calm inducing colour, but white gives you a happy medium. It stands for protection, innocence and goodness.
You should always try to paint your ceilings white or off-white as it goes with just about every colour and gives an illusion that the ceiling is higher and the room is bigger.
Green is one of the most restful colours on the eye and is known to be restorative, mind clearing and encourages composure. It has a calming effect, which is meant to help reduce anxiety, perfect for a home office. For those who love the outdoors, it also gives an outdoorsy, natural feel, which can also evoke the relaxing senses.
Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room in the house. In a living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. It is also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.
Purple is historically the colour of royalty and luxury connoting feelings of wealth, drama and sophistication. Deeper purples are great at sparking creativity and give off a very romantic and mysterious vibe. Whereas, lighter purples such as lilac and lavender are more suited to bedrooms, as they’re calming and light without being cold like blue.
Orange provides a real burst of energy and enthusiasm to a room. While it might not be the best colour choice for a living room or bedroom, it’s a great colour to exercise around. It creates excitement and brings out emotions you need to release during a fitness routine. It can also stimulate your appetite so, if you’re trying to be a little healthier and calorie conscious, we probably wouldn’t recommend this colour for your kitchen.
If you’re exposed to a large amount of pink, it can surprisingly have a calming effect on the nerves to relieve any feelings of anger or aggression. Pink has the opposite affect to its primary colour, red, as the longer you’re exposed to it, the calmer you’ll become. Lighter pinks are great for children’s rooms and encourage feelings of love, playfulness and kindness.
How are you looking to redecorate your home? Has this post influenced any of your thinking when it comes to colour choices? Let me know in the comment box below.