How to Use Color Psychology to Make Your Interior Colors Work for You

Home interior mock-up in blue-green living room

Most people feel that the interior colors they select for their homes are simply a matter of aesthetics. In reality; there is a whole science behind this. Color psychology experts now firmly believe that the colors of your home interiors can have a profound effect on your mood and emotions and also play a role in your relationships.

What is color psychology?

In essence, colors can be considered as ‘Universal Language’. Everyone on this planet knows (through intuition) how to speak the language of colors. Therefore, noted color experts go on to reiterate the fact that the interior colors one chooses aren’t just a matter of aesthetics but, in reality, can be considered a tool that impacts one’s interactions as well as their thoughts and feelings.

How to go about selecting interior colors based on Color Psychology?

If selecting the paint colors is seemingly difficult for you, you need to start by selecting the function of each room. Following this step, you must consider a predominant color for that room, bearing in mind that some colors are better at engaging certain activities than others.

Additionally, you can use the guide here below that recommends certain colors per room based upon its function and color psychology:

The living room– If you are looking for colors that stimulate conversation, then go in for reds, yellows, oranges, brown, beige or tan. Many color consultants recommend these colors since they are known to encourage interactions by making one feel warmth and friendship towards each other.

Kitchen– Majority of color experts recommend white and blue colored kitchen interior colors as these are known to recreate the best childhood memories. Other colors that work well for kitchens include red and yellow. However, those who are watching their weight must stay away from red and orange in the kitchen and dining areas as these are appetite stimulating colors that are best suited for restaurants and fast food joints. If you have a separate dining area and entertain a lot, then red is an ideal color for it as it can stimulate conversations and also invoke feelings of warmth, appetite and positivity.

Bedroom– Bedroom is one area where you need to avoid red, orange and other warm colors. While red is the color of passion known to evoke feelings of love and romance, it is not a good color from point of view of health as it could increase the blood pressure. Instead, go for cooling and relaxing colors like blue, lavender or light green which are known to facilitate better sleep. For kid’s rooms, you could go in for light yellow or orange as both are known to stimulate creativity and intelligence. Better yet, let your children pick their own bedroom colors as they often tend to have a better insight into these matters and know what color will work best for them.

Bathroom paint color– Most people desire a spa like bathroom these days and they want this space to be so much more than just a place to wash up and clean. Therefore, spa and resort bathroom colors are much in demand as more and more Americans are selecting them for their baths. Aqua, turquoise, blue, green etc are some of the most popular bathroom colors today.

Gym– Gym and workout rooms are ideally painted in red and orange hues as these colors stimulate energy and help get you moving. Other popular colors for these spaces include combinations of yellow-green, blue green or even red-blue. These are exciting colors that can actually stimulate a better workout.

Office colors– If you work out of a home office, then one of the best colors to really enhance the concentration is green. Experts are also going as far as saying that green is one of the best colors to surround yourself with for long periods of time.

Tips to create harmonious color flow in your home

Color flow is also an essential part of making your interior colors work for you. Color flow is nothing but the principle of creating a balanced scheme to connect one room with another.

Here are some tips to creating color flow:

  • Most people do not wish to color different rooms in different colors. In such cases, one could select a single color for the entire house and play with the dark and light shades of the same color.
  • Undertones of colors are also valuable for creating a sense of continuity in one’s home. For example, if you like red or blue, you might select other colors having red or blue undertones.
  • If you already have plenty of upholstered furniture, wall art and home accessories, you could even use them as inspiration to pick the wall colors.
  • Another ideal way of selecting home colors to facilitate color continuity is to shortlist 4-5 different colors which are your favorites and then alternate them between primary and accent colors. You could then use accessories like paintings, pillows etc through various rooms to carry these colors throughout the home.

We hope this guide helps you make your interior colors work for you.