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Colour Psychology
19 Apr, 2015

A lot of articles here on ST Homes speak of how something as simple as the colour of the walls can affect us humans. While we don’t go into detail about it there, this article will help quell some questions!

Feelings that are instigated by colour often differ per person because it’s deeply personal and rooted in your own experience and culture. For example, while the colour white is seen as the representation of purity and innocence in Western countries, it is seen as a symbol of death and mourning in Asian countries.

All of us have seen a chart of the colour spectrum. Colours in the red segment of this colour spectrum are known universally as warm colours. The colours that make up this wedge are orange, yellow and red. These warm colours are said to evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of aggression and violence. If we think about it, the colours are associated with nature and the elements. Red, orange and yellow are present in the element fire and anger is very often associated with reds.

Colours that make up the bluish side of the spectrum are known as cool colours. These include the hues blue, purple and green. These colours are often associated with the sea and its soothing, rhythmic waves. Hence these colours are said to bring about the feeling of serenity and calm. However, these colours are said to bring to mind the feelings of sadness and indifference. These colours are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or insouciance.

Red – Intensifies feelings – particularly: passion and aggression. The red hue is said to intensify the feelings of hunger, heartbeats and breathing too. Red is an attractive hue that is bound to get a lot of attention. This colour is best for dining rooms and master bedrooms.

Blue – The opposite of red, blue is a rather peaceful, tranquil colour that causes our bodies to produce calming chemicals. However, certain shades of blue can enhance the feelings of depression and sadness more easily than other shades. This colour is best for bathrooms and bedrooms.

Yellow – If you know anyone who is not a morning person or is generally a grumpy bum, consider a nice buttery yellow for their space or room. Yellow is reminiscent of the sun and life and is a cheerful colour that helps keep people awake and happy.

Green – Very much in trend now, green reminds people of rolling meadows and swaying trees. Green evokes a calming and relaxing effect that can help a depressed person as it is not as dark as the colour blue. The best rooms to paint green or accent in green is the toilet, living room or verandah/patio.

Purple – Purple is not a very ubiquitous colour you can find in the palette of nature so it tends to induce the feeling of luxury. Purple is said to be a happy colour that enhances creativity as well as romanticism. The best rooms to utilise purple in are a creative rooms/studios and bedrooms.

Orange – Orange is a fun and vibrant, larger than life colour. Many people steer away from this beautiful hue but if accented wisely with white, black, purple or even yellow pieces of furniture, your orange room could look fabulous. This colour is best for playrooms and place spaces.

White – Is white even a colour? Yes, it is. A popular choice, white represents innocence and purity. Because of it’s light and neutral appearance, white goes well with everything and keeps the room appearing large and bright. This colour can be used in any room. Just be sure to accent the room in furniture of other colours.

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