How to use Colour Psychology in Interior DesignSeptember 15th, 2020
We have been sharing our understandings around colour psychology to give you, our followers, more confidence with colour. With the insights that we have to share, you will, hopefully, be able to use colour to bring about the results that you are looking to achieve within any Interior Scheme.
It’s important to remember that whilst there are colour truths, that are culturally and sometimes universally held, it is important to check that they concur with you. Sometimes, due to an individual experience of a colour, it may not ring true for you, and then it is important to adjust. We are always interested to hear from followers if a colour truth does not ring true for them and why. It is seldom the case, but always interesting and helps to further inform our understanding of colour usage in interiors.
In this article we will be looking at the psychology of Blue, Yellow and Pink:
How to use blue in Interiors
Blue is the colour of calm and serenity. It engenders clarity, perspective and openness. A great colour to use in sociable spaces as it inspires a sense of calm collegiality, but equally good for quieter spaces who’s purpose may be for study and contemplation.
Interestingly it is a signifier of ambition, and this is more obviously seen in it’s darker counterpart, navy. This deeper shade of blue sign posts responsibility, integrity, trust and order. The perfect colour to use in the way that you present yourself whether it be through your home or your wardrobe, if you want to be taken seriously. If you mean business, navy is a good strong cue to use. Dependable and trustworthy.
Using yellow in Interiors
Yellow, unsurprisingly, is the colour of optimism. The colour of the sun, yellow has the same warming and nurturing capacity. It provides energy, it is fun and invites happiness in to any room. It encourages logic and attention. Especially ideal for North facing rooms (if you are living in the Northern hemisphere, and South if you are not!)
It is interesting to note that it is the colour of munificence and abundance; yellow sends a very positive and nurturing message to all that sit within it’s embrace. As a result it is seen as the colour of wealth in many cultures.
Using the Colour Pink in Interiors
There is no need to pigeon hole this colour to pretty girls bedrooms. There is good reason that it is used so liberally for the feminine sex, but it has so much more going for it and it turns out it’s good for everyone!
Pink is the colour of care, love and respect. It symbolises love of oneself and of others, and so is a powerful unifier. It is the colour of acceptance.
Pink is also the colour of intuition. If you want to set your family and your friends at ease then pink deserves your consideration.
As a little aside, but relevant to our understanding of colour meaning; the best example I have seen recently of the usage of pink in messaging is the Banksy Refugee boat logo. He simply couldn’t have chosen a better colour to underpin the message of equality, care and universal acceptance that the rescue boat stands for.
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