How to use colour psychology

WHEN you approach home design, you likely do so in a couple of different ways – choosing objects and colours that simply look attractive or using an existing pattern or decor theme to govern your decisions.

However, colour is a powerful tool that can be used to inspire emotions, create space illusions or simply set the mood and atmosphere for any particular room. Especially when used with interior and exterior painting, colour psychology is a great way to create a healthy and beautiful home. The following are 20 ways to use colour psychology in your home.

Create the illusion of space with bright colours
If you want your home to look larger than it really is – especially when it is about to go on the market – you can use bright and vibrant colours like yellows and eggshells to add space to your home exterior. As a warning, avoid the common colour white. Although, it can add space, it is nowhere near as effective as tinted colours.

Appeal to a highly educated crowd with complex colours
For home exteriors and interiors, using colours that consist of more than one word can often appeal to highly educated people. On the other hand, simple colours appeal to lower budgets and lower education levels. When choosing complex colours, think of names like forest green or eggshell white.

Build appetites in your kitchen with red
Red has been shown to increase appetite in most people – one of the reasons that many restaurants choose red patterns in their dining rooms. Using red in your kitchen to increase appetite is as simple as blending beige walls with red shutters or cabinet doors.

Use foyer blends to naturally combine interior and exterior paint
One of the best ways to wow your guests as they enter your home is to use a blend of your interior and exterior colours in your foyer or entryway. You can also use your exterior paint colour on parts of your interior to achieve the same general effect.

Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter
Using reds, oranges and yellows in your home paint decor can make the home seem more welcoming from the outside or warmer on the inside – especially during the winter. If you are selling a home during the winter and are planning to paint, keep this in mind.

Cool off in the summer with colder colours
Along the same lines as warm colours in the fall, cool colours, especially blue, can make your home seem fresh, cool and clean during the summer. A white exterior with blue trim is a popular choice for summer homes and painting projects.

Use colours from your past
Many colour consultants will say that using familiar colours from your childhood that remind you of fond memories – especially in the kitchen – can bring those memories back and create a pleasant mood. If you cannot remember any colours from your kitchen when you were growing up, just remember that reds and yellows are perfect for playful yet sophisticated kitchens.

Use relaxing colours in relaxing rooms
In your bedroom and bathroom, cool colours can form a relaxing atmosphere with paint. Consider shades of blue, green or even lavender to calm yourself in your escape rooms. When using this technique, remember that the darker the shade of colour you choose, the more apparent the effect.

Stay away from red if you have high blood pressure
While it can increase appetite in your kitchen, dark shades of red are often associated with high blood pressure and irritability in other rooms of the house. If you would like a darker colour paint for your bedroom or living room, go for a cooler colour rather than a warm one.

Flatter yourself with a familiar colour in the bathroom
Love to wear a particular colour? Consider that colour in the bathroom. Think you do not look very good in a colour? Avoid this colour for the bathroom at all costs. You want to look good when you check yourself in the bathroom mirror. Having a favourite colour in the background really does help.

When all else fails, look to nature
When using colour psychology in your home, choose paints that remind you of nature. Colours that appear in nature will blend perfectly in your home interior.

However, with the exterior of your home, bright colours are, more often than not, the best choice for a more welcoming living space. — freshome.com

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