Color is one of the most important aspects while designing an interior space. There is a clear relationship between colors and emotions, whether you’re a fan of bold reds, soothing blues, sunny yellows or regal purples, understanding the relationship between color and mood can help you strategically select hues for your interior. It is a powerful design tool which can make an environment feel more calm, cheerful, comfortable or dramatic. While picking colors might not be that big of a deal, it is important to understand that colors play a vital role depicting one’s mood to determining one’s personality.
Colors affect people in many ways based on age, gender, ethnic background and climate. That is why it is so important to choose colors wisely when it comes to decorating. Choosing the right color combination is one of the most important steps. Colors have the power to alter the shape and size of furniture and fixtures, as well as the shape and size of the room itself. Selecting colors is not difficult if you equip yourself with some basic information about colors and its effects.
Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how certain colors make you feel; they can influence any emotions from tranquility to rage. So, in relation to this phenomenon: here, we would like to share a little about colors and how they influence your mood.
Red is strong, and very basic. It symbolizes power and passion. It can be used to warm up spaces and make them feel more intimate. It is generally associated with excitement, romance, courage, strength, warmth, & energy.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. In chromotherapy, yellow is believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body. Hence, it is an ideal choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it helps in uplifting and energizing one’s mood. In halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. The right yellow will lift your spirits and self-esteem. It is the colour of confidence and optimism.
Purple is associated with luxury and creativity. As a secondary color it gives a feeling of depth. Lighter shades of purple, such as lavander or lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does but without the risk of feeling chilly.
There’s a reason why blue is such a popular color for interiors. It is considered calming, relaxing and serene. Blue is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. To encourage relaxation in social areas such as family rooms, living rooms or large kitchens, consider warmer blues such as bright blues or turquoise.To use blue as a main color of a room go for softer shades or balance it with shades from the neutral pallete.
Green also has a calming effect as it is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. It is also considered the most restful color for the eye. In the kitchen, green cools things down, whereas in the family room it encourges unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Some of the instant reaction the color green would be of harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Since it is a combination of red and yellow, orange is stimulating. It focuses our minds on issues of physical comfort food, warmth, shelter and sensuality. Orange offers a jolt of energy and innovation which evokes excitement and enthusiasm. It’s best used as an accent because too much can leave people feeling overwhelmed.
NEUTRALS (Black, Grey, White and Brown):
All the shades in the neutral pallete fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility which it holds to add color to liven things up as well as to substract accent shades to calm things down.
- Black reflects glamour, security, emotional safety and efficiency. It communicates sophistication and uncompromising excellence and it works particularly well with white. Black creates a perception of weight and seriousness.
- White is purity and, like black, uncompromising; it is clean, hygienic, and sterile. The concept of sterility can also be negative. Visually, white gives a heightened perception of space.
- Grey is the only colour that has no direct psychological properties. It is, however, quite suppressive. These neutral colors are best used to balance accent colors.
- Brown has associations with the earth and the natural world. It is a solid, reliable colour and most people find it quietly supportive – more positively than the ever-popular black
It’s a known fact that color affects us physiologically, therefore we cannot underestimate the powerful effect of a color or combination of colors for those who use the space. The trick is to blend the colors you like into a pleasing combination to suit your mood. To create a truly harmonious color scheme use colors from the same color family. The key is to use colors in varying proportions and identifying which is your primary color, secondary and accent colors.