How does your house make you feel? Research into the science of colour and mood has proven a link between the colours you see and take in throughout the day and the mood you are in. The link is called ‘colour psychology’ and understanding the impact that colour has on your life can dramatically change the way you live – and decorate!
Red is the most emotive room colour in the spectrum. When it comes to clothes, red says passion and vibrancy – but in a room can cause negative emotions. Darker reds are associated with anger and aggression, and mid-reds impulsiveness.
However red brings energy and warmth, stimulating the brain. It is a great accent colour for a room as red grabs your attention.
Use red as: an accent room colour in a room you want energised – but not in a working space or home office. Also use as an accent in the room you eat in as it can stimulate appetite.
Yellow is a positive room colour – it makes us feel happy and optimistic, and can bring confidence. Using yellow in a home office can boost concentration, as well as being fresh and summery.
Too much yellow, or a shade that clashes, can make you feel worried or stressed, especially babies. It is the hardest colour for our eyes to process, so be careful to match using colour palettes.
Use yellow as: a stimulating room colour where concentration is key, and a summery colour where light levels are low. It is ideal for a home office if concentration needs boosting, but do not use in babies’ bedrooms if you like your sleep!
Pantone’s colour of the year is ‘Greenery’, which they describe as:
“a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew”
Green is the colour of nature, creativity and relaxation. Commonly used in hospitals to calm patients, the least eye strain is caused by green. Sitting in the middle of the colour spectrum, it is a colour of balance.
Dark shades are linked to money and masculinity. The natural associations are primitive – greenery in nature means water is nearby, which is reassuring.
Green can make us think of stagnation (that old pond in the garden) and is considered by some to bring bad luck.
Use green as: a fresh colour for a room, especially ones to relax in (living room, conservatory) or be creative in (workshops, sewing rooms). Use green with blue to create a productive environment.
Blue brings tranquillity and our brains release relaxing chemicals when stimulated by a blue environment. Blue room colour lowers your heart rate and makes you feel centred, as well as giving a sense of quality and stability.
The negative side to blue is a cold, sad feeling – or feeling blue. It can make a room seem unfriendly if overused.
Use blue as: a calming room colour for rooms to relax in – bedrooms and bathrooms are common. Mix with another colour (such as white) to prevent an unfriendly feel. Use blue as an accent colour in a more upscale design, like the dining room, to emote high quality.
Consider room colour tones carefully though as the wrong shade of purple, or poor palette, can look cheap or fake.
Use purple as: a luxurious room colour in an upscale or opulent design – dining rooms or living rooms are common places for purple. Using purple in a bedroom can be effective too.
White is used frequently in modern design and can make a room look bigger and emotes cleanliness and innocence – but too much white can scream sterility. The dull monotony of white can make you daydream and drift out of concentration.
Use white as: a contrast colour in a room design to balance out strong, cold colours – but remember that white and some strong warm colours can look over the top and gaudy.
Black commands attention and is authoritative. Often associated with high class business people, and the fashion world, black is slimming in clothing and a stylish and modern colour in design.
On the flip side, black can bring aggression and misery, and makes a room look much smaller than it is. It is an oppressive colour when used en masse, and is associated with film villains, so can look evil.
Use black as: a contrasting colour with white in any room room to bring both balance and sophistication – but do not overuse to avoid an oppressive, serious room. Often used in bathrooms, conservatories and kitchens.
Gartec’s HomeLift comes with an app to easily change the colour of the lighting in your lift, so whichever room you are in, your lift is a customisable, matching addition to your home. For more information, just call our friendly team on 01296 397100, or email email@example.com.