Colour Psychology in Interior Design

Posted by | March 14, 2016 | Decoration | No Comments

While colour psychology might be a bit controversial from a scientific point of view, there’s no denying that certain palettes are better at evoking certain ambiences.  If you’re embarking on a new interior project in your home, understanding the psychology behind the colours used in home décor is an absolute must.

Earth tones


earth tonesTan, brown, rust, and other neutrals can be perfect for evoking security and stability. There are also some beautiful ways to incorporate these hues in your interior design subtly.  Dark, natural wood finishes, for example, exude luxury while still giving your home a comfortable, cosy appeal. Bedrooms, dens, and libraries can benefit from these palettes.


Whites and creams

Whites and creamsBright, light whites and creams bring to mind feelings of purity, cleanliness, and airiness. These tones are often lovely for pairing with a bold accent colour or black for a modern feel, or touches of browns or other natural tones for a subdued and elegant look. Shared spaces like living rooms can be made to feel larger and roomier by utilizing the psychological effects of the colour white.


Grey tonesGrey interiors are modern without being as harsh as strictly black and white interiors, and can be combined with lighter greys and whites for a crisp, refreshing appeal.  Offset grey colours with both lighter and darker tones to avoid a boring look, and consider using brighter colours with a few accessories to give the room personality.



blackBlack speaks of sophistication, modernity, and sometimes, luxury. Paired with crisp greys, creams, and well-chosen accent colours, black is the essence of bold, unapologetic elegance.



Yellow, red, and orange

Yellow, red, and orangeYellow, red, and orange hues evoke excitement.  Yellow is typically more of a “happy” colour, although in excess it can also cause feelings of anxiety—be sure to complement yellow themed décor with soothing tones as well.  Red and orange are more passionate in nature, drawing the eye immediately.  Use these colours for elements of your décor that you want to stand out.



Purple, blue, and green

Purple, blue, and greenThe cooler end of the colour wheel replaces passion with more subtle, relaxed feelings (although both purple and green can sometimes be used to bold effect to create excitement). Coolness, clarity, and calmness accompany these colours. Predominantly cool tones can be a great asset if you’re a fan of bold, high contrast patterns, as they can be used to display these patterns without making them overwhelming for the viewer.

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