Colours can definitely impact moods, so it’s important to learn about colour symbolism and psychology before selecting colour schemes for your home. Your own lifestyle should be the basis for your decor choices, then you need to decide on the particular atmosphere you want to create for each room. For example, you may want an energetic and stimulating decor in the bathroom for a dynamic start to the day, whereas someone else may want an oasis of peace and tranquility to relax after a long day.
Warm colours (red, orange, yellow, brown) radiate warmth. They are associated with energy, impulsiveness and happiness. They draw attention and help create an inviting and harmonious atmosphere.
Red is an exciting colour that generates creativity and enthusiasm. It is contradictory by nature, symbolizing both love and anger, passion and denial, courage and danger. Red is impulsive and increases respiration and pulse rates. Recognized as a stimulant, red creates heat. A keen use of red as an accent colour can be very effective.
Orange radiates warmth and energy. It encourages creativity, socialization and an open mind. Orange has an inviting and intimate effect and tends to draw people who may be shy and indecisive. While it may not always be suitable on a wall, it lends itself very well to decorative objects.
Yellow shines with happiness, optimism, and enlightenment. It is revitalizing, seductive and stimulating, and the preferred colour of those who intuitively seek change. Yellow compensates for a lack of natural sunlight, and is therefore ideal for north-facing walls.
Cool colours (blue, green, lavender, grey) are associated with calm and trust. They create a restful and relaxing atmosphere. Use them in small or west-facing rooms so that the reflection of the sunset creates a warm glow.
Blue is the colour of the sky and the sea. The opposite of red, blue is a serene colour that slows breathing and heart rates and has a calm and soothing effect. Blue invokes escapism and travel. It symbolizes wisdom, intelligence and stability, and promotes concentration, rest and meditation.
Green is the colour of nature. It symbolizes growth, freshness, hope and good fortune. Associated with healing and rest, green is used to help cure insomnia and fatigue, which is why it is frequently used in hospitals and other healthcare centres.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Often seen as a symbol of spirituality, purple calms the mind. It is associated with comfort and creativity, and is conducive to daydreaming. Purple can sooth insomnia.
White is the colour of day. It is associated with light, goodness and innocence. It expresses unity, balance, perfection, and marriage. White makes things look lighter. It is the synthesis of all colours and stands for peace. White makes a room seem larger.
Black is the colour of night, authoritative and powerful. On the one hand, it invites sensuality, and on the other, austerity. Evoking strong emotions, it is a symbol of elegance, power, refinement, evil and mystery. It doesn’t reflect any light, so it can feel oppressive. The design colour par excellence, black works fabulously as an accent colour for accessories.
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