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colour psychology in interior design

Have you ever noticed how certain room colour schemes can change your mood?

Perhaps you feel tranquil when walking into a room filled with soft green hues, or more energised after being in a vividly bright room?

It’s well known that the psychology of the colour palette, and how this is used in interior design, has a very real effect on our emotions.

Because of this, it's important to think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your home and which colours and shades will lend themselves best to achieving this - we discuss below some of the key shades and how to best use them…


Red is probably most renowned for being linked with passion and excitement. Depending on the shade used, it can be bold and dramatic or soft and earthy - red is best used in high energy spaces such as a kitchen or living room and can make a great choice for creative spaces.


The sunshine colour, yellow is associated with happiness, positivity, optimism and energy in colour psychology. Softer shades such as pastel lemon are vibrant whilst still being joyful and make a great shade for nurseries and children’s bedrooms. Deeper or bolder shades such as canary yellow or mustard are fantastic but we recommend they’re used more sparingly - if they’re overdone they can be overbearing in a room.


Associated with nature, growth and restoration in colour psychology, it’s a colour that evokes calm and balance and is a great way to bring a sense of nature into any home. Green comes in a plethora of shades - from rich, emerald green to soft fern green. It makes an amazing colour for spaces where you need to focus and be creative such as a home office or kitchen.


Blue is a powerful hue in the colour psychology spectrum, with lighter shades evoking a feeling of calm and tranquility which makes them ideal for bathrooms, bedrooms and spaces where you want to relax. Darker, bold hues, such as royal blue or navy, are associated with being more masculine as well as noble qualities such as loyalty, trust, success, stability and confidence and can be quite dominating unless used sparingly or as accents within a room.


The color meaning for purple is connected to power, nobility, luxury, wisdom, and spirituality. Softer, lavender shades are gentle and calming and make the perfect colour for a bedroom or a space where you want to relax. Deeper shades like royal purple or deep plums are bold and exotic and look amazing when paired with other dramatic shades such as orange and gold.


Grey is considered a neutral colour and is thought to evoke feelings of calm and composure as well as influencing perceptions of security and intelligence. It’s a versatile colour that can be strong and bold or soft and delicate. It can also create a bold backdrop to make other colours pop in contrast.


The colour pink is associated with nurture, love and femininity and as a result is stereotyped as being ‘girly’. Pink is actually a colour that can be either bold and feisty as well as gentle and soft. Hot, bright tones add a sense of playfulness and energy to a room, whereas softer shades are peaceful and soothing.

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