Effective use of Colour Psychology in Interior Design
Home decor is very often considered only a matter of aesthetic. People choose colours and objects just because they look attractive.
As much as it is important to follow your own personal taste, one should never forget the strong impact that colours have on us. As we already explained, different colours are associated with different moods and behaviours. We might not be fully aware of this, but colors really play a vital role in our life.
This is why it is so important to get the right balance between them, especially when it comes to interior design. In your house, colours should play with each other, as well as nicely respond to lights, objects, and spaces.
If you like the idea of creating a beautiful and healthy home, a place that truly feels like home, here is some practical and useful advice on how to use colour psychology in your home.
1. Light colours make a room look bigger
Not everyone has the privilege of a spacious house or room, but the good news is that we can all create the illusion of space. There are plenty of tricks that you can use to make your home look larger than it actually is. Light and bright colours such as light blue, pink and soft peach are just a few of the best combinations that convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger one.
Also a mirror can also do wonders, especially if positioned close to a window. Obviously, it is just an optical illusion but these tricks with colours do work.
2. Strategic colours for the entrance
An entrance is a transitional space that draws the line between the inside and outside of your house. Although not much time is spent there, it is important to get the right colour. After all, this is the first space that you and your guests are faced with when entering your home! Never create a strong contrast between inside and outside: colour continuity is what you need. By softening the transition between inside and outside, natural and artificial, you will bring an harmonic and unique atmosphere to your house. This is the reason why earthy, woody tones as well as nature-inspired motifs always remain a good choice for an entrance hall.
3. Warm up your home with bright colours during the winter
During winter people don’t normally get enough light. To counter the winter-blues, why not add warm colors such as reds, oranges and yellow to your home decor?
Interestingly, these energetic colors raise the perceived temperature of a room. When combined with stylish decorative patterns, bright candles and table lamps, the result is truly amazing. With easy you’ll create the warm, elegant and pleasant living space that we all need during the wintertime.
4. Stay cool with blue shades in the summer
If during winter months we long for warm colours, the colour palette for the summer is based on cool colors. Turquoise, cobalt and ice blues are the best hues for creating a summer oasis in your house. The combination of blue tones not only recreates the image of summer skies and rippling waters, but it also makes your home look fresh, cool and clean. Mint green is another great choice for the summer.
5. Use colors from your past
We experience our lives in color. Although colors evoke similar emotional responses in most people, there is not a universal truth. We all have our own perception of colours because we associate them with personal memories and feelings. When decorating your home, always try to use familiar colours.
Why not start creating your palette with some of your most cherished items: the green of your favourite dress, the navy blue of your mum’s jacket, the pale yellow of that lemon cake you liked so much?
They will bring those memories back and create a feel-good home.