As an interior decorator, as well as artist, I work with colour a lot - like A LOT. It's basically at the core of what I do and what I love. That's why it's so important to understand the meaning and feeling behind the colours that I choose.
Even if you're decorating your home yourself, or choosing some artwork for your space, I suggest you really consider the colours you are choosing and the effect they can have on your mood, attitude, comfort, creativity, etc. Colour can have a subtle effect that you might barely notice until you really think about, but it can have a major impact on your wellbeing and the comfort in your home. It's amazing really!
That's why creating a mood board before you start your home design in so important. You really want to consider the feeling you want from your space. Are you looking for a room that's warm, welcoming, and comforting? Or maybe you want your room to feel relaxing, airy, and fresh? The colour you choose for your wall, and your accessories, will determine the final feel of your room. I wouldn't choose a red wall colour for a relaxing, airy room. Alternatively, I wouldn't choose a blue wall paint for a room to feel warm. Colours have temperatures and emotions that you have to work with.
But don't worry, I've got your back! I've put together some Pin-able mood boards to help you discover the psychology behind your favourite colours.
Blue can be soothing and help with concentration but could also be a sad and cold colour if used too frequently.
Best room choice for blue? Try it in:
This is a very balancing colour and is restful to the eye since the eye doesn't have to adjust to see it. Since green is in much of the world around us (thank you mother nature!) it is a very reassuring colour. It can add cleanliness and life to a space.
Best room choice for green? Try it in:
What a fun colour! It is very active and stimulating because of it's red and yellow background. It can mean food, shelter, and warmth but on the negative side can be considered frivolous and cheap!
Best room choice for orange? Try it in:
Pink can actually encourage daydreaming and tends to be associated with femininity. Psychologically, it is very powerful and too much pink can leave you feeling agitated when you leave the room (a realization of reality after too much daydreaming maybe?).
Best room choice for pink? Try it in:
Violet/Purple is often associated with spirituality and even royalty. Cool fact: it is the last wavelength we see before the ultra-violet ray. It is a complicated colour since it can feel both cool and warm due to its base colours (red and blue).
the dining room
Best room choice for purple? Try it in:
Red is the first colour we see and is, therefore, very strong to the eye. It is stimulating and actually quickens our pulse and awakens our appetite!
the LIVING ROOM
Best room choice for red? Try it in:
Yellow is a very cheerful, happy colour but be careful because too much of a good thing, or in too high of doses (think bright, sunshine yellow) can lead to the feeling of anxiety and poor self-esteem.
Best room choice for yellow? Try it in:
Black can be menacing since it is an absence of light, however, rooms need a bit of black for weight and to ground the space. It speaks of seriousness, but also sophistication, and doesn't always need to be a scary colour for a room.
Best room choice for black? Try it in:
Brown is actually a very supportive and comforting colour. Interviewers are encouraged to wear brown because it brings a feeling of ease to an interview. Too much brown in a space, though, can feel heavy and pull you down rather than support.
the family room
Best room choice for brown? Try it in:
Because it is essentially a blank canvas, gray leaves space for the creative mind to wander! It can be depressing when over-used but because it is so neutral, it can go with almost any other colour!
Best room choice for grey? Try it in:
Pure reflection! White tells us "do not touch" because of its sterile and hygienic properties. To some people this clean and pure feeling is exactly what they're looking for; to others it's a negative.
Best room choice for white? Try it in:
What colour is your home and how does it make you feel? Are you planning on changing it and can't decide on the colour? Colour Psychology is definitely something to keep in mind. Do you paint and what colours are your go-to paint colours? How do they impact the emotion behind your painting?