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Friday, 16 August 2013

How to use colours in interior design - Part 3: The psychology of colours

Colours influence our moods
Every colour has its own story: one is warm and happy, another one is cool and relaxing. Colours have a huge influence on our lives and especially on our moods, so be careful what colours you choose around you, because they can make you feel better or worse.

Colours have different meanings in different cultures and societies. Here are the meanings of colours in the western cultures.


Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire and love. It is a very emotionally intense colour and enhances the human metabolism, increases the respiration rate and raises the blood pressure. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.

Red in mainly used as an accent colour
PINK is the most romantic colour, it's feminine and it's more tranquilizing than red. It has a calming effect on people and it adds sweetness to any room.

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Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It signifies joy, sunshine, enthusiasm, attraction, success, stimulation. Orange increases the oxygen supply to the brain, has an invigorating effect and stimulates mental activity. As red, orange in decorating is used most as an accent.

Orange has an invigorating effect

Yellow is the colour of sunshine and it's associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy. It produces an warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity and generates muscle energy. While it's considered an optimistic colour, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms and babie will cry more. It's a difficult colour for the eyes, so be careful not to over use it.

Use yellow to bring the sunshine inside the house

Green is the colour of nature and it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness and fertility. It has a great healing power and it's the most restful colour for the human eyes.

Green is the perfect bedroom colour


Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, faith and truth. It's considered beneficial for the mind and the body, it slows the metabolism and has a calming effect. It's a colour that produces tranquility and calmness. Blue can also be cold and depressing.

Blue produces tranquility and calmness

Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red and it symbolizes power, nobility and ambition. It is often associated with wisdom, creativity, mistery and magic and it is rare in nature.

Use purple if you want to achieve elegance

White is considered to be the colour of perfection. It means safety, purity and cleanliness and has o positive connotation. In decorating, white is popular because it is light, neutral and goes with everything.

White is perfect to create the illusion of a bigger space

Black is associated with power and elegance, but also with evil and death. It is a mysterious colour, associated with fear and the unknown. In fashion it's a popular colour, because it's considered elegant, stylish and timeless and because makes people appear thinner. In decorating, it is used as an accent colour, because it darkens the room.

Black will always be elegant and masculine 

Also read:

How To Use Colours In Interior Design - Part 2: Colour Contrast

How To Use Colors In Interior Design - Part 1: The Basic Color Theory

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