It is believed that there are over 10 million colours visible to the human eye, so it should come as no surprise why it can be a challenge to select colours to use in your home.

One of the most engaging and, admittedly, challenging aspects of designing your living spaces is choosing the right colours. The colours you pick can evoke emotions, create a mood and set the tone for your entire home.

When selecting colours there are so many different considerations including the effect of colour on your mood through both colour psychology and your personality and also physical aspects such as the size and location of the room. It can be an overwhelming process, which is where Hannah Elle Interiors can help take the stress out of the process.

If you’d like to understand the thought process behind our colour selections read below as we delve into the first consideration of colour selection: Psychology of Colour.

Colour Psychology: Using Colours to Evoke Emotions in Your Living Spaces

When it comes to interior design, colours play a significant role in evoking emotions and influencing our perception of a space. Each hue has its own unique attributes and understanding how to harness their power can elevate your design choices.

Warm colours, such as red, orange, and yellow tend to elicit feelings of warmth, happiness and energy. These vibrant hues can work wonders in areas where you want to foster social interaction and create a welcoming atmosphere, such as living rooms or kitchens.

Alternatively, cool colours like blue, green and purple can create a sense of tranquility and relaxation. These shades are ideal for bedrooms or spaces where you want to promote rest and rejuvenation.

By leveraging the emotional impact of colour, you can curate a space that aligns with your desired mood and purpose.

Warm Colours

Let’s take a closer look at the psychology behind warm colours.

Red, for example, is associated with passion, excitement and stimulation. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure, making it an excellent choice for areas where you want to create a sense of energy and liveliness. Red is believed to increase appetites but can feel overbearing and aggressive so it needs to be used carefully in spaces.

Orange, on the other hand, is often associated with enthusiasm, creativity and warmth. It can add a playful and energetic vibe to any space, making it a popular choice for creative studios. Orange is also a welcoming colour and encourages appetites so is commonly used in dining spaces.

Yellow, the colour of sunshine, is known for its ability to evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and warmth. It can instantly brighten up a room and create a cheerful atmosphere. Incorporating yellow accents or using it as a dominant colour in a space can help create a positive and inviting environment.

We talk about colour in a generic way, but as you will likely know there are many different reds, oranges or yellows available. You may like a burnt orange but might not like a bright orange and this is normal, but also adds confusion into the mix when selecting colours. In Design Dilemmas: Hues, Tones and Shades we talk about the variations of colours and how the colour wheel works for interiors.

This same principle works for Cool colours, for example. I particularly like a dark deep blue, but don’t like a pale blue, however understanding the psychology behind cooler colours is important before considering the different shades and tones. Let’s take a look below at cool colours and how they can be used into interiors.

Cool Colours

Now, let’s explore the calming effects of cool colours.

Blue, often associated with serenity, tranquility and trust, can create a sense of calmness and relaxation. It is a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms, where you want to create a soothing and peaceful ambiance.

Green, the colour of nature, symbolises growth, harmony, and balance. It can bring a sense of freshness and renewal to a space, making it a great choice for living rooms or home offices.

Purple, a colour often associated with luxury, creativity and spirituality, can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any room. It can create a sense of mystery and intrigue, making it a popular choice for bedrooms or meditation spaces.

By understanding the psychology behind different colours, you can make informed design choices that align with your desired emotions and create spaces that truly reflect your personality and style. At Hannah Elle Interiors we take pride in understanding how you use a space, how you want to feel when you are in the space and ensuring it is reflective of your personality.