Friday, December 04, 2015

The Psychology of Colours in Interior Decoration - Part 2

In the previous blog, we discussed how knowing the colour psychology aids in setting a style to your décor. Here are more colours you can choose from to set the right mood in your space.


Meaning: Purple has been associated to royalty or as the colour of kings. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It is related to wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Mood: Purple is uplifting, calms your mind and nerves. It offers a sense of spirituality and wisdom, encourages creativity and success.

Regal and mysterious, purple draws richness to your space
How to use purple in your Interior: purple can add exotic flair to your space or a layer of mystery to your design by using it in your furniture, accessories or wall paint. If you’re having a purple sofa or couch, make sure it is blended with a wall paint that is in light colours such as light pink, light grey or white. Depending on the tone or shade, purple can be dramatic or quiet. The regal colour can add richness to a space or drama to an architecturally simple room. Purple colours range from light lavenders to solid plums, and a few tactically placed purple accents may be all you need to create a whole new vibe for your space. Light lavender-gray can add softness to a formal living room. Make a room lively by pairing mid-tone purple with mustard yellows. If you want something more lush and sophisticated, use eggplant purple in your decor paired with high-gloss white trim. Purples combined with soft blues or greens create a very tranquil colour scheme. A dark, rich purple can provide a lovely backdrop to show off fine crystal-wares and antique silver. Use purple accessories to brighten up and add depth to a neutral colour scheme. Warm purples can make your room feel cosy. If you really want some purple in your home, try blending it with more natural colours like subtle yellows or greens.


Meaning: this colour is associated with power, elegance, formality, and mystery. Though it has many negative connotations, this colour can be used intelligently in your décor to make your space look great. Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal and a prestigious colour.

Mood: this colour is highly sophisticated and can be timeless and classy. Black gives you a feeling of inconspicuous, restful emptiness, mysterious evoking a sense of potential and possibility.

Elegant and formal, black gives a contemporary twist
How to use black in your Interior:  Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth. It is ideal to highlight certain things in a room. Black contrasts well with bright colours. Combined with red or orange – other very powerful colours – black gives a very aggressive colour scheme. The only problem with black is that it gives the illusion of tight space. Dark colours generally make rooms seem much smaller than they are, hence it might not be a great choice for background colour especially on walls. Use of orange and black tend to give a holiday look to your space but some new colours can be pulled in to give a fresh look in and out. One current trend is mixing a neutral room colour with some pieces of black furniture. Using a black sofa, or lamps can give an effect of elegant, as well as provides a contemporary twist for a traditional room. Black used with a mix of white and bright colours often looks very modern. If it is put on a light or neutral background colour, everything which is black will stand out. Use psychological effects of black colour to create an elegant and bold aspect for your home. If you use it in a smart way, black gives an elegant and sophisticated air to interior design.


Meaning: Grey is a cool, neutral, and balanced colour. It is also associated with formal, conservative, and sophisticated. Grey is elegant, conventional, dependable and practical. It is a colour of maturity and responsibility.

Mood: Being both still and emotionless, grey is strong and steady, giving a feeling of cool and self- restraint. It gives an impression of exquisite and formal. Grey emphasizes the will to obey, create expectations, reduces energy from other colours and provides a sense of isolation and alienation.

Grey is known for its neutrality and sophistication
How to use grey in your interior: it has an ability to enhance creativity. Grey is favoured as an executive colour. As a neutral, grey provides an unobtrusive background for an infinite number of colour combinations. Greys on walls are often very liveable for a long while, provide a flexible neutral background for furnishings, and can be extremely stylish. Do not overly use the colour; instead divide the proportion in your furniture, paint or accessories. Grey interior gives a formality that is subtle elegance without being too conservative. It can create a clean, calm, sophistication and refreshing appearance. If you long for serenity, using the colour grey in your home decor is a great start.  You can choose a solid grey that symbolizes strength, or go for a softer grey that offers a more delicate feel. A favourite neutral of designers, many use it as a background colour, or mix different tones and shades of grey together to create a feel of simple glamour. Grey can also soften a loud sofa or provide the perfect backdrop that allows wood accents to shine.  Grey can also be calming–a perfect hue for uniting a range of decor choices in large and small spaces alike.

Meaning: it means down to earth, reliability, elegance, security, stability, warmth, and honesty, is a natural, neutral colour. It also represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health. Colour of the earth, it is comforting and nurturing.

Mood: It induces a feeling of naturalness and comfort to your home. It gives a feeling of wholesomeness and practicality, stability and reliability, grounded with a connection to earth and offers a sense of orderliness.

Rustic and natural, brown conveys warmth and depth
How to use brown in your interior: In interior arrangements, brown can add depth and warmth. In the neutral colour schemes you can add a bit of brown to make them look inviting. Furniture finishes and a beautiful parquet floor or natural colours can be very fine and add good taste. Or, if you use unpolished wood or wool textiles in natural shades of brown create a pleasant rustic effect. A brown sofa is also a good deal in your space that gives it both classic and contemporary look. Brown makes you slow down and relax. Use brown to highlight stronger colours like lime green or orange, or to tone down a room. Brown gives you an earthy richness that makes a room feel warm and inviting. Brown comes in many different tones and shades, contrasting light and dark, and offers the kind of variety you need for both the interior and exterior of your home. Mix things up by painting your walls a rich chocolate brown to create a sophisticated backdrop for neutral accessories. Brown can be paired with burgundy for a swank dining or living room, or used with pale aqua to create a lighter and airy feel. Mixing cool blue with dark brown evokes the feel of the earth and sky. Combine a masculine brown with a feminine colour, like a light purple, to add softness in a space. If you love the look of wood or leather or already incorporate this earthy natural look in any room of your house, adding some brown paint can amplify the look.


Meaning: White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour of perfection. White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. It has a positive connotation and can represent a successful beginning.

Mood: It aids mental clarity, encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles, evokes purification of thoughts or actions and enables fresh beginnings.

White, invigorates freshness and perfection
How to use white in your interior: Use the psychological effects of colour of white to create a refreshing and clean look in your home. People associate different things with white. White is used to create an airy appearance, quiet and pure. If in a room is used on walls, furniture or floor, white may give the impression that it is much higher than it is and can give an invigorating freshness. If you don’t want to have very colourful room but no excess white, you can use white in combination with other neutral colours. Black, brown or gray with white fit very well. Debunk the thought that whites don't count as a palette. Different shades of white make a soothing living space and can enhance architectural details. If you enjoy a constantly changing environment, then white might be your colour. Colour can be brought in with flowers and seasonal changes on pillow fabrics.


Meaning: Oranges are warm, welcoming, and vital. Melon, tangerine, and yellow-orange mango are bright, cheerful, and tend to improve appetite. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Mood: It can stimulate feelings relating to summer, stimulate hunger and enthusiasm, relates to meditation and higher self and Creativity.

Orange, has a welcoming and cheerful look
How to use orange in your interior: If your home needs a jolt of energy, orange might be what you need. Orange conjures images of citrus fruit or a summer sunset, and represents happiness and innovation. Orange has a reputation for being overwhelming, but variations like apricot and terra cotta can inspire relaxation. A deep orange can feel bold during the day but cosy and warm at night. Orange has steadily progressed up the ladder of consumer preferences so there's a greater appreciation of the colour; Orange is the child of red and yellow. It gives you the excitement of red, but at the same time, the welcoming, friendly, warm aspect of yellow.  You can use a pale, dusty orange for a welcoming entry that invites guests into your home. When you have orange, it's going to draw your eye, so make sure you're using it in locations you want to be noticed. For a relaxing space, consider mixing apricot with deep browns and greys. If you love the feel of fall, bring the colours of leaves inside with orange, red, brown and gold accents. For those who crave energy and excitement, a combination of bright orange, pink and yellow citrus makes any room a party. Use tangerine and hot pink to energize a normally dark room. Use orange for the shelves and back of bookcases or cubicles to add depth. A powerful choice, it may also be a bit too stirring to inspire sleep. But lighten the tone and you have coral, a soothing shade of red-orange that evokes the serenity of the beach.

Choose whatever colour you want for your space but make sure you follow the colour psychology. The guidelines discussed here in the two parts which includes–meaning, mood and principles of each colour will help you distribute the right colour hues in your space and make it look appealing.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Psychology of Colours in Interior Decoration - Part 1

Your home is essentially an expression of your style similarly the colours, designs and mood you want to set in your home will be unique to you. Apart from the shape, style or material, colour is an integral as well as a vital part of your décor because it creates an overall mood be it calm, cheerful or dramatic. Colour psychology says that though people are attracted to some colours or look good in a dress of a particular colour, doesn’t mean that the same colour will look good in their décor. In fact, there are certain guidelines you need to follow to get a desired or professional look for your interiors. These sure shot ways will aid in getting you the right colour scheme or setting the right mood for your home.


Meaning: Colour of the sky, sea and earth, blue is associated with depth and stability. It denotes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, strength, dependability, faith, and truth.

Mood: Blue is scientifically proven to have a calming effect on your mood as well as makes you feel relaxed, soothing and more centred. It improves productivity and builds confidence. It creates a sense of cooling and gives a clear look. Since it is associated with tranquillity and calmness, it is beneficial to the mind and body. Employ blues to create an atmosphere of personal space and meditation.

Light blue to dark, blue has a calming effect

How to use blue in your Interior: Blue tends to enlarge the room with the use of a very light shade. If your space is exposed to sunlight you can use this colour to cool a room. For instance, aqua blue velvet sofa looks fabulous in a contemporary setting and tones down the harsh sun rays. The beauty of blue lies in its amazing versatility. A high-energy shade of blue, like sapphire or royal blue, can add a bold punch of energy to a room, while a light sky blue can make a space feel tranquil. Darker shades like navy can offer drama and relaxing nautical vibe, while electric blue is often more energizing than calming. The effect depends on the tone of blue. The combination of blue and white in your décor can feel refreshing and fun. Vibrant, high-tone blues are great for accent furniture pieces or artwork to add vigour.


Meaning: Red is an intense colour associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, courage, desire, and love.

Mood: Red increases enthusiasm, stimulates energy, passion and strong emotion. It boosts action, confidence and appetite.

Tones of red to reflect passion
How to use red in your Interior: Red is a powerful colour that brings out the best in your décor. It’s best used as accent but using a red sofa in your décor makes a powerful statement that relates to dominance or authority. If you’re using a red sofa make sure that it is juxtaposed to a wall colour that’s white or black but not same colour. If there is no contrast, it will make your room look monotonous than bringing out the colour essence or the meaning you want to display. Using dark red in your interior exhibits daring, bold, willpower and commands attention whereas a light red represents passion and sensitivity. Red also goes well with black but the ratio should be fixed to an extent that you feel it is not too noisy or loud. Red can be combined with browns or light colours to achieve elegance and energy as well as the retro vibe. If not the sofa, big chairs and drapery can display red to make your space more inviting. While an earthy red used with wood tones can warm a room, a red with soft gray and touches of magenta or orange can make a room feel cosy, feminine and soft. Depending on the texture, deep reds may absorb light while brighter reds allow light to bounce off walls and illuminate the space. Though its versatility makes it a vital among other colours, red can feel contemporary, traditional, rustic or timeless, depending on the shade and context.


Meaning: Colour of the sunshine, yellow is an uplifting hue. It is associated with happiness, optimism, joy, intellect, and energy.

Mood: Yellow is a mentally stimulating colour. It produces warming effect and arouses cheerfulness. It stimulates the nervous system, activates memory, encourages communication and promotes creativity. 
Yellow- uplifting and happy colour
How to use yellow in your Interior: Yellow is effective for grabbing attention, hence using it to highlight an important element in your design or space is important. Using light yellow furniture with light colour wall paint will make it disappear into the background, while using a dark tone will bring a balance in your space. If you’re using a dark yellow furniture or sofa, tone it down with white accent or white wall paint. Using muted yellow will make you feel relaxed, peaceful, and airy as well as give you a bonus of making your space appear large and spacious. Adding yellow accent or accessories in your foyer or space offers a fresh appeal and optimism. You can add a splash of yellow colours in your décor by using Koinor and Natuzzi sofas and brighten up your space. Effects of yellow colour vary with its nuances. Yellow is a great colour for rooms that have more exposure to sunlight. A darker yellow element may be damper after a while but a pale yellow can make a compact room feel larger. Use of smaller amounts of yellow in accessories, flowers or pictures can make your space stand out. The wide spectrum of yellow shades gives you flexibility in designing rooms with a feel-good ambiance.


Meaning: It is associated with friendship, tranquillity, warmth, affection, feminine, tenderness, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.

Mood: it is a very comforting colour and is favoured by many for its childlike appeal. It brings about serenity, peace, relaxation, acceptance, contentment and satisfaction. In general, used in interior design, the psychological effects of colour pink is soothing and comfortable.

Bring harmony and warmth to your home with pink
How to use pink in your interiors: pink can be used in a number of ways to uplift a space and doesn't have to be a colour that dominates the room. For instance, with a sofa like Fama’s Arianne love the entire space is giving a bright and calm look. You can use pink colour to create a fresh and fine atmosphere in the house. A bright, vivid tone like fuchsia suggests energy and glamour. A soft and restrained pink, like blush, or beige with pink undertones creates a soothing feeling. If you ever think of having white painted walls, go for pink, it’s a flattering colour that makes people feel good and add energy to your home. You can use a more intense pink (like peony) for a space where you don't spend too much time, like your foyer. Pink can be paired with other colours, including chocolate brown, black, mint green, metallic gold and silver and white to create a variety of moods. When paired with a masculine hue like navy blue, pink can add a feminine balance. A light posy pink with a touch of gray can add innocence and sophistication to a room. Mix soft pinks with fresh greens for an inviting living room. A fabric pink sofa or a shaggy pink carpet makes your space feel comfortable. If used intelligently, pink can be a great addition to any home.


Meaning: Greens represent a vast range of natural colours and appeal to many. Like blue, greens tend to calm and relax; it´s a healing colour. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Green has great healing power. It is the most restful colour for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance.

Mood: It’s Soothing, and restful on the eye,  relaxing mentally as well as physically, helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety and offers a deep sense of renewal, self-control and harmony.

Colour of nature in various hues
How to use green in your interior: For interior colour schemes, olive and sage greens seem to be appealing because of their neutral character. Lighter shades of both are easy to live with for a long time. Both combine well with many colours. Dark greens are colours like burgundy, ruby, and sapphire blue. Chartreuse is one of those colours that delivers a big punch, but gets tiring quickly. Green immediately brings a fresh and rejuvenating feel to a room, whether it is a light and minty shade or deep and dark forest colour. Use the psychological effects of green colour to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere in your home. Green is very soothing to the eye and nature gives us a lot of nuances. The best way to use green in the interior design is to combine several colours, or green combined with other colours. Green represents growth and renewal. You associate the colour with grassy fields, luscious leaves and other gifts of nature, so it lends a calming feel to a room. Celery green looks relaxing and warm in a living room. Pops of lime green add energy to a room with a mostly white palette. When paired with light gray, paler shades of green can create a contemporary look that feels fresh and clean. Mix green with wood tones to imbue a room with an organic, natural feel. Use citrus greens to bring brightness to a gloomy space. Use green in an entry hall to provide a natural link from the outdoors to the inside of your home. The soothing quality of green makes it ideal for almost any room. You can decorate an entire room with greens and have contrast, drama, richness and balance.