Did you know the colors you choose for your interior space play a powerful role in the overall mood and atmosphere of your home?
Thoughtful color application is a powerful way to create the ambiance you are looking for. It can even influence your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Whether your goal is to create a calming and peaceful reading nook, or a bright and cheerful playroom, we are here to help you achieve the look and feel you are going for!
Today we will discover the world of color psychology, and help you make informed decisions when selecting the perfect hues for your home!
First, let’s talk about some of the calming colors: blue and green.
When you walk outside and examine the world, you will notice the entire sky is blue. The oceans and waters of the earth are also associated with blue. Blue is a color that evokes expansiveness, tranquility, serenity, and reflection. Using the shades in a mindful manner can get you different results.
Light blue makes us think of happy clear skies on a sunny day with plenty of space and fresh air. Oftentimes, clients will choose light shades of blue for their bathrooms or bedrooms.
Turquoise is a combination of green and blue, and can bring a sense of energy and revitalization. You could consider using turquoise in living spaces to bring a sense of creativity and rejuvenation while still keeping things chill.
Navy blue, and other darker shades, are excellent choices to bring a feeling of sophistication to a dining room, and intellectualism to offices or libraries. As long as you balance a dark blue with great lighting and other lighter hues, it can make for a welcoming and restful area.
We can pair blue with other colors as well. A blue and white combo is simple and timeless. It looks great in bathrooms and kitchens to keep things looking clean and fresh. Dark blue paired with gold accents will make things look fancy and add warmth and sophistication. Blue and earthy tones will bring a natural feel to your home as it mirrors the blue sky next to the browns and greens of the earth. Pair it with taupes, beiges, and sandy hues by bringing in wooden furniture and natural textures.
Blue is definitely a great choice to nurture the eye and enhance the wellbeing of the soul. Now let’s move on to the other calming color: green.
Green can bring the balance of nature into your home. It symbolizes life, growth, health, relaxation and peace. Green is a great choice for bedrooms, living rooms and anywhere you’d want to relax. Let’s explore some shades of green and what they can do for you.
Light and pastel shades of green like sage or mint can create a serene backdrop for other decorative items to stand out. It promotes a sense of gentleness and can be very refreshing. This is a great color to keep things feeling light and peaceful. This is a perfect color for bathrooms and bedrooms.
Olive green, like navy blue, brings that refinement that darker colors can bring. It looks great paired with natural wood furniture and other earthy colors. This is great for adding sophistication while still having that welcoming and homey touch. It’s a great choice for both traditional and modern interiors.
Emerald green will bring luxury and drama and looks nice as an accent wall in dining rooms and living rooms. It can be paired with other neutral colors, and using metal accents can create a notable focal point for any room.
Now that we’ve explored the calming color options, we can now move on to the more energizing hues: yellow and red! Positive, radiant, passionate and bold — these colors will definitely liven things up a bit wherever you choose to place them.
Yellow will make us feel positive and radiant, bringing all sorts of creative energy to a space, but we must be careful! It can sometimes be too much! That’s why the sun is such a small circle in the big blue sky. Most of the time, we just need a little bit of it.
We can get away with pale yellow as an overall room choice because of its subtle and calming effect. Colors like buttercream, or a pale lemon, can really brighten up a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. It keeps things feeling light and airy without overwhelming the senses.
Golden yellows are very radiant and should be used sparingly to not overwhelm a space. Use it for pops of color, like throw pillows, artwork, or accent pieces — and always maintain balance by placing it amongst plenty of other neutrals.
Mustard yellow will bring in that earthy tone and feel to your room and looks good paired with other dark woods and rich textures. It can bring warmth to a room and make it look modern or even bring an eclectic vibe.
Yellow is a great way to keep things positive and can be paired well in several ways.
Yellow and white will keep things feeling fresh and bright. It’s a timeless choice for kitchens and living rooms for a vibrant aesthetic.
Yellow and gray work well together, because a gray wall will give you that neutral backdrop to make your bright pops of golden yellow accents shine forth in all their glory without making you run for cover with anxiety when entering the room. It can make things look sophisticated and modern and keep the energy flowing in your space.
Yellow and blue are complementary colors, meaning they are opposite of each other on a color wheel and they look fantastic together, but definitely bring a high level of energy to a room so you’ll want to consider using this combo for a child’s room, or playroom, or anywhere else you are going for a super creative and energetic vibe.
Crash Course in Red
Now that we know how to use yellow, let’s move on to a crash course in red.
Reds will definitely bring about some strong emotions, and depending on the shade used, it can invoke passion, excitement, or even warmth and intimacy. Wherever you put some red, there will be your focal point. So use it intentionally!
Red is great for walls and spaces used for entertainment, such as dining rooms and living rooms because red makes it feel lively and promotes socialization. It is actually known to stimulate appetites as well, which is why you see restaurants using it in their dining rooms. Couples can help kindle the flames of romance and intimacy with deeper shades of reds on the walls in their bedrooms, or as bedding and comforters.
Burgundies will work to keep things intimate and cozy, adding a sense of warmth and invitation and is suitable for living rooms.
Neutral Color Pallet
Okay, now that we have gone through our calm, soothing colors, and our vibrant and energizing colors, let’s move on to our last (but certainly not least) color group, which is our wonderfully versatile neutral color pallet!
These hues of grays, whites, beiges, and muted color tones can be lightened and darkened to reach your desired ambiance, bringing balance and versatility to any living space.
Gray basically goes well with all other colors so you can’t go wrong with using a shade of gray as your neutral backdrop wall paint. It’s great for just about any room or hallway.
Beige is warm and inviting and goes well with both dark and light accents, so it’s a timeless choice as well.
Keeping walls neutral is a great way to maintain balance and not allow a space to become too overwhelming or busy. It keeps things effortlessly cool, calm, and collective and serves well as an open canvas for all other interior design options.
Some Other Colors
A couple of other colors to consider for interior wall color are pinks and purples. Light pinks are nurturing and tender and great for bedrooms. Bolder pinks are energizing and great for childrens rooms, playrooms, and promote fun and creativity. Purple will look more luxurious and elegant. Light purples, like lavender, are calming while deeper purples like eggplant are for more elegant spaces.
Choosing color for your interior space is more than just choosing your favorite color! It’s about intentionally creating atmospheres that bring about your desired outcomes. Now that you have a general understanding of how color affects mood and emotions, embrace this knowledge to create a space that you, your family, and your company will thrive in!