Interior design and color psychology are key to creating the visual appeal we want and evoking the desired emotional response.
Certain colors elicit certain moods.
We have all heard that, and have most likely experienced it from time to time.
- Blue, the color of the sky, can turn any bad day into a better one.
- Red can put you in the mood for a passionate night with a lover.
- Green is the color of nature and can make you feel more centered.
These are just standard emotional responses, triggered by color associations we all naturally make.
What you might not know is that color is among one of the most important elements in interior design – not because of the way it looks or blends, but because of how it makes us feel when we walk into a room. Your environment will help to dictate mood, and so you want to decorate your home according to how you want it to affect your overall sense of well being.
Keeping this in mind, you should resist the urge to use a uniform design through your whole house, or to go with colors that give you the wrong vibe. The look of a color is much less relevant than the feelings it evokes.
The best way to use color psychology in interior design is to break things down by room.
The living room is going to be your most versatile room in the house. Unlike other areas of your home, its purpose is much more general and varied, so the feel you want will be based on your own preferences, not on any kind of set emotion.
If you want it to be a more homey room, try muted colors. Light blues, pastel yellows, off white and even browns or greens will give you a much more comfortable tone.
For energetic impressions, go with much brighter or more extreme colors. Reds, oranges and golds set against strict tones like black or white will give a real punch and make you feel more awake while in there.
Intermediary versions of any color can make the room more neutral. For example, you might go with a green-blue mixture instead of one of the other, or a more muted reddish brown.
The bedroom’s primary purpose is very clear and so is the feeling you want in there: relaxed, easy, even sleepy. Bright colors can adversely affect sleep and keep you from getting the maximum benefit from this very important room.
The most popular color for a bedroom is blue as it promotes calm, but varying the light and dark hues for everything from the walls to the bedding creates variety and interest. However, an especially bright, vivid blue can have the opposite effect, creating a feeling of energy and movement.
Purple, green and even grays are also great choices for a bedroom. Purple in particular has a regal and lush feel that can result in a luxurious and comfortable room.
The kitchen is a busy room. This is one room where one can use bright colors to create a vibrant, energetic environment conducive to creativity while cooking or baking – and stimulating appetite.
Yellow, bright blue and red are great choices. As a matter of fact, reds and oranges are the colors most widely believed to stimulate appetite. For a more functional, industrial and modern look you might take this opportunity to go with cleaner, possibly neutral tones mixed with metallic finishes for appliances and fixtures.
An office should be both comfortable and functional. A lot of people choose to go with rich and natural tones, like the browns of wood. Another popular choice is to select a more modern design using blacks, whites and neutrals with a more minimalist design.
You can go with any design and color scheme to make you feel focused and energetic.
The bathroom is an interesting room to decorate. Because you have an added challenge: perceived cleanliness. The wrong colors can give an impression of clutter or dirt, and that throws off the entire feeling of the room. You want it to appear as clean and functional as posisble.
Keeping thing in bright colors that make it easy to see that there is no grime is usually better. White is always a great choice, leaving color to be applied through wall hangings or small touches like the soap dish and shower curtain.
Color psychology is one of the best tools you can apply to designing your home.
Do you have some ideas for color use in decor? I’d love to hear about them. Please do comment.