Colours can make us feel happy or sad, and they can make us feel angry or relaxed. These reactions are rooted in psychological effects, biological conditioning and cultural imprinting. That is why it is important to understand the psychological effects they have on a person as well as the fundamentals of colour theory and the meaning of colour.
Have you ever considered why you feel more relaxed after spending time in a neutral, light space? Or energized after being in a vibrant room? It is probably largely down to colour psychology (the connection between our emotions and colour) making a huge impact within interior design schemes.
Colour psychology is an important aspect of the design process as it directly influences the mood of a room. It is important to always consider the kind of atmosphere you wish to create in a room beforehand as different shades of colours evoke diverse emotions.
Colours can be categorized according to their saturation:
Warm colours often evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy. This makes them a great option in creative spaces like home offices, living rooms and dining rooms. Warm colours like red can draw people together and stimulate conversation whilst creating strong first impressions.
Neutral colours can be used to create a sense of seriousness and stability. The use of neutral colours like white and grey in design creates a minimalistic aesthetic that can result in a fresh, clean look within a space, while black can be used to portray luxury and sophistication.
Cool colours usually have a soothing effect which makes them great for use in spaces that are geared towards security, creativity and relaxation. Purple can be used to promote creativity in a space, as it embodies the calming properties of blue as well as the intensity of red.
Personally, orange and black are my favourite colours; orange evokes feelings of vitality and happiness when viewed in a sunset, and black because it evokes feelings of sophistication, power and luxury.
What are your favourite colours?