The Psychology of Colour in Design


Colour is an element of light and ultimately, a design choice that should be considered in the early phases of construction or home renovation. Picking the right colour for your room can set its mood and affect the feeling you get each time you walk into your space. The paint on your walls or the hue of your tiles can evoke happiness, create a sense of calm, energise us or even depress us, tire us or over time, irritate us. This needs to be carefully considered from person to person, however, we have listed our top tips for using each colour in your home.


Known as the colour of passion for a reason, this bold hue has been known to raise a rooms energy levels so it can be great for shared spaces where you may like to stir up excitement and spark conversation. There is also a reason it’s used in many restaurants, red is said to stimulate the appetite.


For a less aggressive impact than red, orange can be used in a kids room, office or living room to inject energy whilst feeling friendly.


If you’re happy and you know it…paint your walls yellow! The universally optimistic colour gives a bright and welcoming feel to your home. A pale yellow can be a subtle way to add light to your walls and ceilings or for a more subtle addition that isn’t so overly stimulating. Add small yellow accessories like cushions, flowers or pictures for the same effect.


An important colour when it comes to its affect on the human mind, blue has long been used to evoke a sense of calm and serenity in a space. Its use can be widespread however consider it where you need relaxation the most – your bedroom. Combined with neutral tones like whites, greys or beige hues, blue can be used to create an environment that perfect for supporting a good nights sleep. Blue can also be used to cool a room with a lot of sun and heat, plus when used in your kitchen, has been shown to decrease appetite.


Keep your home feeling its most natural by incorporating green in with your neutrals. The calm and relaxed feeling a room with green gives you comes from the feeling of being closer to nature and triggering nuances of being outdoors. No matter the space, including indoor plants is a wonderful way to enjoy the calming benefits of this shade.


Purple is associated with royalty and romance and the lighter shades can be the perfect addition to a bedroom for similar calming effects to blue. The darker shades can be a great way to add luxury and an expensive feeling to your room, so they work well in your dining room.


Elegant, bold and incredibly versatile, this shade can be used as a statement or as a way to blend your design choices together. A feature wall painted black can be a statement in your living room that is both elegant and sophisticated, however, too much black can lead to dark and sad associations so we suggest complimenting the darkness with light elements to create a balanced space.


The freshest, cleanest and purest colour can also be the most difficult to maintain. White is often used to create light in a room, so where you may have small spaces it can be used to evoke the feeling of having room to move. As the perfect base for you to inject other colours, white has many associations for different people but is generally the most inoffensive choice. Choose white on your cabinetry, walls, ceilings and door frames to freshen up your space but avoid overdoing it. Too much white can feel clinical and sterile, rather than fresh and invigorating. Use colour as an opportunity to reflect your personality, this tends to be when people feel most satisfied with their choices. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to colour so experiment and get in touch with our team who can assist you when it comes to design choices and colour coordination.