Colour Psychology in Interior Design

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Colours have power. A lot of power! Don’t believe us? Try sleeping in a red room and we’ll see then! Colours can excite, calm you down, give you energy and even trigger hunger (what?). So you might want to think twice before choosing the colour palette of your room! Let’s have a look at what each colour can do for you and your mood and how you can use them to your advantage:


Have you noticed how peaceful you feel when looking at the sea and the sky above? Sure it is beautiful but it’s also the power of blue! When you look at anything blue your body produces calming chemicals which is why it is the perfect colour for bedrooms. It’s also great for focus especially when edging towards teal shades which are proven to increase productivity so a teal home office could do wonders! We have even heard of studies showing that athletes are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms so...choose your gym carefully!

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Blue Rooms - Hutsly Blog


Known to activate the part of your brain used in problem solving, purple is a great colour to pair with blue in a home office. Associated with royalty, luxury and wealth, purple can be used as a “show off” colour in your reception rooms too. A word of caution though: purple is very rarely found in nature and this characteristics makes our brain think of it as more artificial than others so why not use it as an accent colour?

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Purple Rooms - Hutsly Blog


We tend to see pink as more girly than feminine (“blue for the boys, pink for the girls” remember?) but in the right settings and with the right textures and shades, pink can become sophisticated and glamorous. A very romantic colour, why not pair it with navy blue for a bedroom that you will both love?

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Pink Rooms - Hutsly Blog


The colour that gets your blood pumping (literally!), red is like drinking coffee or taking a shower in the morning, it wakes you up and gives you energy. Now that’s good if that’s what you need at that time and less good if you’re trying to relax. Take the bathroom for example: in the morning a red bathroom would give you a boost and get you going but if you’re taking a bath on a Sunday and attempting to forget all your worries, that might not be the right colour so tread carefully! Red is also known for its romantic connotation as well as giving you appetite (not the dieting colour then!)!

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Red Rooms - Hutsly Blog


The colour associated with fun and creativity, orange is warm, inviting and bold; all the things you might want for your reception rooms like the living room or the dining room. Orange is also synonymous with confidence, ambition and playfulness so an orange play room for the kids could have a good influence on them (and the same applies to you and your entertainment areas!).

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Orange Rooms - Hutsly Blog


The attention-grabber! Another energizing colour, yellow means cheerfulness, optimism and positivity. But beware the mighty powers of yellow for you are more likely to lose your temper in a bright yellow room and babies will cry more. A statement colour, it is great for hallways for example where it can give a great first impression. And did you notice that legal pads and sticky notes are often yellow? That is because it enhances concentration too.

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Yellow Rooms - Hutsly Blog


Even more calming than blue, green is the easiest colour for the brain to process and can even improve your vision. Reminding us of nature, Its relaxing property is the reason why it is used in doctors’ waiting rooms and hospitals and can help feel rejuvenated. And, similarly to purple, it can be associated with wealth.

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Green Rooms - Hutsly Blog


Like green, brown is abundantly present in nature and is therefore synonymous with reliability, trust and genuineness. Bringing warmth and comfort, a brown room is more likely to feel cozy and contrary to popular belief, brown is a versatile colour that can be used in modern interiors as well as more classic ones. Organic and earthy it is largely used in country houses.

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Brown Rooms - Hutsly Blog


If I tell you “black room” you might not get excited and have images of dark, gloomy spaces flashing back in your memory but you might want to rethink that! In the right amount and on the right spots, black can bring elegance and power to any room. Paired with another colour it can make it pop like no other and will add a very dramatic effect!

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Black Rooms - Hutsly Blog


It’s one of the most used colours in home decorating for a reason, grey is one of these neutral colours that says understated sophistication and it’s one of the easiest shades to decorate with as it goes with pretty much everything and it would be hard to go wrong with it hence its popularity. Timeless when used with other shades of grey or with white, grey can also be a great base for a pop of colour like yellow (did you read our article: The Grey and Yellow Room: Decorating Ideas?)

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - Grey Rooms - Hutsly Blog


The symbol of purity and light, white, like grey and black, is not a colour per sé and is part of those neutral shades that work perfectly as the base for any room’s decor. White is one of the most used colours in modernist architecture and contemporary interiors especially when used on shiny surfaces as it reflects light better than any other colour. It can too be paired with any colour you wish very easily!

Colour Psychology in Interior Design - White Rooms - Hutsly Blog

So now would be a great time to go around your home and look at the colour palette you have in each room and perhaps link it to how you tend to feel at home, maybe there is a link!

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