16 July 2018
The fascinating science behind colours
Has it ever happened to you, you walk into someone’s kitchen or living room, and it just makes you feel so cosy, relaxed and comfortable? They might have the same house furniture and appliances as you, perhaps their house isn’t on a sunny side, but being there just feels so good.
The psychological effect of colours on individuals is a real thing, and plenty research has been conducted to prove that. We gathered the trendiest colours to see how they affect our mood and dynamics.
Bold, classic and sophisticated
When it comes to interior colours, black isn’t the most common choice. Which makes sense, if you paint the entire room in black it might create a depressing and very sad ambience. However, there are plenty of positive sides to black. It is a neutral colour that represents exclusivity, power and luxury.
It is an extremely versatile option, and black goes well with ANY colour. Black is great for adding depth and bringing out certain elements in your room whether it is bookshelves, your coffee table, picture frames or a feature wall. Combined with white, it’s a perfect combo for the minimal interior.
Calm, neutral and versatile
Grey has been an ongoing trend for a long time now and seems like it’s not going away any time soon. Plus, looks like it’s going to be the colour of Autumn/ winter 2018. No wonder why. Grey is a versatile and neutral colour. It is a great background colour, and it can easily be combined with other colours and textures including, natural wood, green plants and uplifting florals. Paired with blue and brown, grey can boost productivity and creativity.
According to feng shui, grey is a passive colour, which lacks emotions. Hence a lot of grey in a living space can induce anxiety, tension, fear and distress. Use grey in small amounts and combined with other uplifting colours.
Clean, pure and open
White is associated with purity, innocence, perfection and simplicity. It’s perfect for creating a tranquil and calm atmosphere in your dwelling, hence very often it is a go-to colour for minimal and clean interiors.
White colour is great to enlarge a living space, but at the same time avoid using white in excess to prevent your room from looking too sterile. If you decide to go full on white, consider using plants, wooden furniture and colourful home accessories to give your dwelling lively feel. White goes great with ANY colour.
Also, if you don’t like to draw attention to functional items in your house like blinds, home appliances or big furniture, choose them in white. Wooden white blinds with tapes are the top choice amongst the influencers this year.
Rich, dramatic and royal
It’s time to talk about the colour of the year – ultraviolet or purple in simple words. Historically, purple was an extremely expensive colour to produce, that’s why to this day it represents wealth, royalty and power.
According to Feng shui purple boosts prosperity, so if you always wanted to have a luxurious interior, start with introducing small amounts of purple to your interior.
Further, any shade of purple is a perfect colour for your bedroom. Dark and rich purple is an intimate colour, whilst light purple hues like lavender and violet create a very romantic atmosphere.
Energising, joyful and stimulating
Don’t get much sunshine through your windows? Create an uplifting atmosphere in your dwelling by using the colour of the sun in your interior. Yellow is an optimistic, cheerful and energetic colour. It stimulates mental activity and muscle energy. That’s why it’s a good idea to use yellow in rooms where you want to create an uplifting atmosphere, like a kitchen, bathroom, living room or hallways.
Avoid using too much yellow in one room as it might be disturbing, plus studies show that babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.
Enthusiastic, sociable and motivating
Another colour filled with happiness and energy. Orange represents many positive and meaningful qualities. It makes you more sociable, hence stimulates conversation and connection. Perfect colour for living room, kitchen, conservatory or terrace in your garden. Adding orange elements to your living space can be a good start to changing your lifestyle and mindset. Orange is symbolic to good health as it stimulates positive thinking and motivates movement.
Some advice against using this colour in your kitchen, as it will increase appetite. Would you believe that by simply choosing certain interior colours you can change the entire dynamic of your dwelling?!
Passionate, powerful and lucky
This is an impulsive and stimulating colour, which adds the element of luxury. It generates a lot of positive emotions and stimulating features, including warmth, excitement, power, courage and energy. Further, red increases a heart rate and blood pressure, hence is often associated with passion, desire and love – sounds like a perfect solution for a bedroom, right?
In Asian culture, red is a brave colour that carries good luck, that’s why it can often be noticed in Asian restaurants and stores. Using it for your accessories or as accents in your home is a good idea, however, be careful not to give your home an aggressive mood.
Romantic, caring and sentimental
Blush pink or ice cream has been all over the internet this season, and since we mentioned red, let’s investigate its less intense shade – pink.
Pink combines passion and power of red and innocence and purity of white. Depending on the level of intensity, pink can bring very versatile energy to your home. Blush pink represents love, romance, friendship, sentimental and exciting emotions, while bright pink or fuchsia stands for excitement, fun, energy, youthfulness.
Elements of pink are especially great for bedrooms and bathrooms. Restrain yourself from overusing pink if you don’t want your dwelling to look too feminine.
Calming, purifying and serene
Another trendy ice cream colour is pale blue. Blue is a versatile colour in its meaning. Light blue represents tranquillity, healing and softness, while dark blue stands for power, seriousness and integrity.
Think of water and sky; looking at both helps you to relax and encourage clarity and inspiration. All these features make this colour great for bathrooms, bedrooms, children’s rooms or living rooms.
Blue is known for suppressing appetite, so consider using it in your kitchen if you want to lose weight.
Remember that everything is good in moderation, hence restrain yourself from using too much blue to avoid creating depressing, cold and lonely atmosphere.
Refreshing, soothing and balancing
Green represents nature and vitality like no other colour, hence there are plenty of positive features related to it. Green promotes balance and helps to unwind. Therefore, it’s wise using it in a bedroom, bathroom, living or dining area. Placing greenery around your house is one of the best ways to implement green to your interior, which will also purify air and boost oxygen in your room.
Green is known as the most restful colour for the eye, that’s why it’s a good idea to have green elements in rooms where you tend to relax and refresh.
Like yellow, green stimulates positivity and inspires, so it’s great to use this colour in offices or creative studios. It is great for spaces where people tend to socialise and connect.
Too much green can make your dwelling look monotonous, boring and tiresome, so make sure to pair it with other lively colours like yellow, orange and wooden or velvet textures.
Choose your colours wisely
So here it is, 10 trendy colours and the meaning behind them. If you’re in the middle of decorating your home or feel like switching things up a little bit, hopefully, this overview will help you to decide on which colours to choose. Remember that too many colours can make your room look cluttered and busy, so limited your colour choice to 3 or 4 main colours.
Regardless the meaning of each colour, it’s important to use colours that inspire and represent you.
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