Colour Psychology

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Posted on April 21, 2017

Yes, that’s right, colour has a psychology! This means that colour has the ability to evoke certain emotional responses in us.

This is the reason why we can feel uncomfortable being in a room that has a northerly or westerly aspect when it’s painted a warm colour. In the Southern Hemisphere these rooms receive maximum sunlight so painting them in a warm colour, for example yellow, can immediately make us feel too hot! Conversely when a room is facing east, where it only gets the weaker morning sun it’s a good idea to paint it in a warm colour to avoid any chilly responses!

The tone of a colour (which basically means the lightness or darkness of a colour) is also important. If a room receives a large amount of natural light, it can look stunning when all the walls are painted in a dark, cool colour particularly when teamed with lashings of white in the skirting boards, architraves, doors etc. The addition of white window shutters can also help to balance strong colour.

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Warm colours like red, yellow and orange tend to have a stimulating effect whereas soft greens and teals have a calming influence on us.

Colour isn’t just about walls though. Floors, furniture, curtains, cushions and artwork all contribute to the look and feel of an interior space. If a room looks a bit flat try making small changes first, for example add a bold patterned cushion in a bright colour.

Colour is a wonderful, relatively inexpensive tool and if used well it can completely change the look and feel of any interior space.

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