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The Psychology Of Colours In Interior Design

Colours bring us pleasure. They have an inherent power to influence our thoughts and moods. When we think about it, there is a colour attached to every intricate emotion that we feel as humans. Love and excitement feel like crimson, while peace and comfort feel like ocean blue. A moment of brilliant creativity feels yellow like sunshine, while the joy of seeing a sweet smile of a child feels a soft pink. Even if we do not consciously assign colours to our emotions, there is a psychology behind colours that we have to carefully consider when using colours in interior design projects.

Let us have a look at the interesting way colour psychology can be applied in interior design.

 

1. Red/Pinks—Love, Energy, Action

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To start with the most intense colour that packs a lot of energy, red can be used when you want to give a rush of adrenaline. Since red itself can feel overwhelming, you can use several shades of red or a pop of bright red on a neutral or monochromatic background. Red also attracts people and encourages them to socialize with each other. It makes a pleasant addition to your entryway or living room, and also your teenager’s room. You can balance out the loud energy of red with softer and more neutral colours such as white, grey, and mint green.

 

2. Yellow—Warmth, Memory, Positivity

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Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It automatically adds positivity to any room and nudges your brain awake during the day. Shades of yellow are a great option for places where you want to stay productive for long periods such as your home office or study areas. Due to the effortless warmth that it brings, yellow make great colours for kitchens and dining areas as well. You can enhance the colour yellow with greens, deep blue colours, and metallic accents. Daffodil and canary yellow shades make great backdrops for your indoor plants as well.

 

3. Blue—Tranquility, Peace, Trust

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Perhaps the strongest hue in colour psychology, blue, evokes inspiration, freedom, peace, and imagination. Research has proved that the right shade of blue can soothe your day-to-day anxieties, slower your heart rate, and even bring down your blood pressure. You can use shades of blue in any room in your home, especially in your bedroom where you require an ambiance of peace and calm after a tiring day. Blue also makes a good colour for nurseries and baby rooms since it creates a space of trust, safety, and confidence.

 

4. Green—Optimism, Nature, Growth

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The colour of life and growing things, green combines the energy of yellow with the calmness of blue. It is also suitable for any room in your home, and especially for a place where you need to stimulate growth and balance. Use shades of green around your workplace to remind you of better and verdant things that exist beyond your computer. Green also promotes good health and fertility, make it a pleasant colour to be surrounded by for pregnant mothers. You can enhance the effects of the colour green by including indoor plants in your home as well.

 

5. Neutrals—Security, Order, Elegance

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Neutral colours, mainly black, white, and grey creates a sense of order and calm in any space. Modern interior design styles such as contemporary and minimalistic designs often use neutrals for this reason. They help your mind stay focused and creates an unmatched elegance and power that make them great colours for your office spaces. Neutral colours create mystery and work as great foils for when you want to highlight an element with a brighter pop of colour.

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