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Interior Design: Color Psychology

02 Nov 2021

Although a priori it may seem like an element of little importance, the truth is that the colors with which the divisions of a house are decorated with represent about 80% of the visual comfort and convenience. Choosing the right colors is of great importance, so today we will talk about the psychology of color for interior design. 

What is Color Psychology?

The Psychology of Color is the analysis of how one perception stems and what it feels in relation to different colors, the emotions that arise and how these can change the mood, positively and negatively.

There are some subjective aspects intrinsic to Color Psychology, such as cultural interpretation.

Color plays a very important role in everyday life, even if you do not note that you are surrounded by objects whose color was chosen for a certain purpose as is the case of advertising flags or even the use of red in promotions in supermarkets and stores.

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Color plays a very important role in our daily life

In interior design, what sensations do colors bring? 

As for the theme of the d├ęcor, the color you choose to paint a room, or a wall influences the perception of the whole environment. The size of objects and furniture also varies from a visual point of view, depending on the color chosen:

Yellow

This color represents the sun, and although it connotes vitality and energy, it is also related to danger and tension. This color is perfect for rooms like the office or study room as well as the dining room, being that speeds up metabolism. It's also not a bad option for kitchens.

It is not advisable, however, to use this colour in rooms, especially for babies and children, as it provides crying and promotes insomnia.

The colors of the elements that decorate a division with yellow walls can be blue if you want to convey relaxation, or purple, if you want to create contrast.

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Yellow is the perfect color for kitchens and dining rooms

Orange Color

This color is one of the most complete as it includes the best qualities of yellow and red. It enhances furniture and components and brings warmth and optimism. It is the perfect color to stimulate conversations or exchanges of ideas, which makes it the best choice for the living room or for hallways.

One point that disfavors it may be the possibility of not being ideal for very small rooms, since it "steals" visual space.

White

White is one of the safest bets. It is aseptic and helps to enlarge spaces. This color is perfect if you want to put the house for sale or for rent, since it pleases everyone and matches the rest of the colors.

This color reflects light, which generates a very strong sense of luminosity. It is fantastic for houses with few very small windows. In short, white is always a good option to gain space and luminosity.

Blue

The blue color refers to the sky and the sea, connotes tranquility, calm, serenity, and rest.

Although it generates so many positive sensations, we should not forget that it belongs to the range of cold colors. It means it transmits detachment and, unless you're on a perpetual diet, you shouldn't use it in kitchens, as it can decrease your appetite. You should also not use this color in large elements in a living room or living area, as it does not invite conversation and socialization. However, it is perfect for office, rooms, or gyms.

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Blue connotes tranquility, serenity, and calm

Green

Green is a color clearly related to nature, enshrines growth, and stimulates inner peace and harmony. It is widely used in hospitals since it has always been closely related to health.

Depending on the light that the room has, green can generate different effects and sensations. While bright greens create a refreshing atmosphere, the soft greens give a calming effect. The mint green is very welcoming to entrance halls and the turquoise or bluish green are perfect for children's rooms.

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Green color helps to connect with the interior of oneself

Now that you've become an expert in color psychology for interior decoration, you can start experimenting with different colors and choose the ones that best suit you!