Colour Psychology in Interior Design

One of the easiest ways to transform your living space is by changing the colour scheme, whether that be a whole room redesign with new colours on the walls, or simply changing the scatter cushions.

It’s easy.  And yet, there are a few factors involved and many people are simply scared and daunted by the whole idea of adding colours to their homes.  It is a bit of a science.  In my next few posts I hope to be giving you some ideas, some do’s and don’ts and some lessons in the whole world of colours and their properties.

Choosing a colour scheme can be as simple as personal taste, but there are other factors which should be considered.  Colour schemes reflect our personalities but, equally, can affect us psychologically and physically too.  Additionally different colours can completely alter the appearance of the actual living space, sometimes at the expense of the space concerned and therefore, by design, you also.

Without us being consciously aware colours affect decisions and emotions in us all, on a daily basis.  They can alter appetite, mood and wellbeing.  These factors should be taken into consideration when redecorating your home.

When you understand their influences you can take control, setting the right mood for the appropriate area of your home.

 Here’s a quick menu, outlining the major hues and their emotional and physical qualities.


The colour of intimacy, unconditional love and compassion.  Generally considered to be a feminine colour, which is very easy to overuse.  Application with caution is best when using pink in interiors.


Red is the colour of positivity.  It is associated with leadership, determination and ambition.  In many countries it is also associated with luck.  It is the colour of physical desires.  Warm and inviting, it is also a stimulating colour, which should be used sparingly in interior design to avoid over-stimulation.


Orange is a motivating colour.  It’s optimistic and uplifting.  Encourages hospitality and friendliness, making it good for children’s rooms and dining rooms.


Offers hope, happiness and fun.  Yellow is the colour of knowledge and enthusiasm.  It’s cheerful and friendly, but you should avoid overuse, to prevent over-stimulation. 


A balanced colour, green creates a stable environment between energy and emotion.  The colour of nature, it symbolises good luck and hope.  Green is a friendly cool colour, which mixes well white.


A reserved and reliable colour, it represents honesty, trust and loyalty.  Blue really affects the human mind, it gives a sense of security and peace.  It is a very soothing colour.  It’s on the cool side of the colour spectrum, which should be a consideration when decorating colder North facing rooms.


Connects us to deeper thoughts, it expands awareness and imagination.  The colour of royalty, it is dramatic and dignified.  Purple works well with most other colours.

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