Colour psychology is a powerful design tool that has more of an impact on the mood of a room than any other factor. Different colours conjure various emotions so it’s key to think about the kind of atmosphere you want to create and which colours will help you achieve this.
Blue is one of the strongest colours of the spectrum. Deep, bold hues, such as navy and royal blue, are great for evoking confidence and are associated with qualities such as loyalty, trust, peace and success. Lighter shades of the colour give a feeling of calm and tranquility at home which makes them great for bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces where you want to relax.
Grey is a very versatile colour that can take on a range of personalities. The shade is thought to influence perceptions of security, intelligence and solidity. It’s also said to bring a feeling of calm and composure an ideal colour for family homes. As with any colour, the results depend largely on how you make use of the hue. It can be soft and delicate or strong and confident.
Red is one of the more dramatic colours and one of the most enticing when it comes to rousing emotions. It’s often coupled with sentiments such as passion, excitement and energy. Ambition, action and will power are additional qualities attached to the primary colour making it a productive choice for home libraries, home offices or creative spaces. The colour is not only powerful in its most basic form but also boasts many beautiful shades including tomato red, crimson and burgundy.
Black’s neutrality gives it a fail-safe quality and promises sleek sophistication. It’s a proven accent colour but when used as the dominant colour it provides a feeling of power, drama and mystery. Black sits comfortably in modern and industrial settings yet it never dates so it offers a contemporary appeal to even the most traditional spaces. Black results in effortlessly chic interiors ready to be enhanced with any accent colour.
Purple looks right at home in feminine spaces but deeper versions of the colour can also be incredibly masculine. Purple is associated with a wealth of wonderful emotions from creativity to fantasy and nobility and suggests luxury, which enables the tone to bring real presence to a space.
Pink is a delicate hue which speaks of nurture, love and femininity. Often relegated to little girls bedrooms, its tones are comforting and if done right can work well in any bedroom or living room setting.
Yellow in all its hues is unmistakably vibrant and is connected with joy, optimism and energy. Playful yellow shades are perfect for children’s bedroom and nurseries, but the colour can also be grown-up and works in practically any room you want it to.
Green is an extremely positive choice as it stimulates feelings of balance, growth and restoration. It immediately brings the natural world to mind and is an easy way to bring a refreshing sense of nature indoors. The colour comes in a variety of beautiful and dynamic shades, ranging from emerald and jade to olive and lime.