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Understanding The Importance of Color Psychology in Interior Design

Choosing the color of your walls or picking out wallpaper is indeed a fun task for almost everyone. However, did you know that the kind of color you pick can go a long way in influencing your mood and feelings? Moreover, room color psychology states that the shade you choose says a lot about you.

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In case you were wondering, color psychology is a science that studies the influence of hues on a person’s mood. Colors play a subtle, yet major role in determining the influence of the environment on our senses. It is for this reason that interior design focuses a great deal on understanding the nuances of colors in interior design theory. Let’s look at some popular home color choices and see what impact each shade imparts.

Red

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Red is a powerful color that invokes strong emotions of desire, excitement, and domination. This is a shade best reserved for the dining room and kitchen, as red is known to increase appetite. Avoid red walls in the bedroom for though it may seem romantic at first, red can heighten emotions and cause a lot of conflicts. Orange too has the same effect as red.

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Suitable for:

Kitchen, Dining Room, Extra Bathroom

Blue

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Blue is a cool and calming color. Use this shade in rooms which have too much sunlight. Moreover, blue encourages concentration and is the perfect color for a child’s room. Blue is also a great choice for bathrooms as it is soothing to the eyes and the mind. Instead of painting the walls, you can opt for blue tiles.

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Suitable for:

Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Child’s Room

Green

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Akin to blue, green too has a soothing effect on the mind. Owing to its versatile nature, you can use this shade in almost any room of the house. A bright lemony green will provide a fresh feel to your kitchen and a pale shade of jade green will add a soothing touch to your bathroom.

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Suitable for:

Living Room, Bedroom, Bathroom

Gray

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Gray is a neutral color and can be used to offset bright furnishing and accessories. A singular gray wall can add a touch of sobriety and sophistication to your living room. Do be wary of using gray all over your place, as the overall feel could end up looking dull and depressing. Also, avoid using grey if you live in colder climates.

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Suitable for:

Living Room, Workspace, Bathroom

Yellow

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Few shades can spell optimism like yellow does. Yellow is an especially great shade for rooms that do not receive much natural lighting. You can use this color comfortably in almost any room of the home. It has a neutral feel and livens ups the ambiance.

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Suitable for:

Child’s Room, Living Room, Kitchen

Pink

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Pink is often typecast solely as a feminine color and wrongly isolated as the last option for a child’s bedroom. However, this shade can do so much more. Pink lends a soft touch of sophistication and brings optimism to the room. This shade can be successfully employed in the living room as well as in the master bedroom.

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Suitable for:

Bedroom, Child’s Room, Bathroom

Purple

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Purple invokes a sense of luxury and comfort. Dark shades of purple can be used to add a sophisticated touch to the master bedroom and living room. Purple invokes strong feelings of power and authority. Tapestry done in purple also works well. However, this is a color that needs to be handled carefully. Too much of purple can leave the room looking dark and stuffy.

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Suitable for:

Bedroom, Living Room

Beige/Brown

What Does Color Psychology Say:

Beige is a neutral and earthy shade that harbors an air of stability and warmth. Stemming from brown, beige is the preferred color of choice for furnishing in the living room and kitchen. This shade also signifies the security of material possessions and makes for the perfect shade for wardrobes, canopied beds, and similarly large furniture. Beige walls also look very classy.

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Suitable for:

Living Room, Study Room

Wow! Colors are so much more than just visual delights. Great looking interiors do not evolve from the random usage of colors but are the outcome of an understanding of where and when to use them.

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Joanna D'Souza

Joanna D'Souza

Joanna is a writer and pet parent. She spends time away from work with her dog and traveling with her husband. She’s a fan of the Beatles and loves rock and pop from the 80's.

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