Interior Design and The Emotions of Color

Talented interior designers thoroughly understand how colors can evoke certain emotions. Thus, specific colors must be considered for every space and should not be chosen at random.

Choosing appropriate colors is much more involved than simply choosing colors we like. Although that approach may work, having a more detailed knowledge of what colors go with what other colors and what emotions they evoke can produce better results.

Everybody perceives colors slightly differently. In some cases, the perception differences can be dramatic. But most people view certain colors as warm and others as cool. And it’s common to attach certain emotions to these colors as well.

Interior designers need to understand the function of every room, and they need to think about what mood they want to create. This mood may also be governed by other aspects of the space, including sunlight, ceiling height, overall space dimensions, and construction materials and methods. A good interior designer takes all of this into account.

Large spaces that may seem overwhelming can often be made to feel warmer and smaller by using darker and warmer colors. Alternatively, small spaces can seem bigger when bright colors are used.

Although colors typically cause specific psychological responses, not everyone responds the same. But interior designers can use this knowledge to enhance almost any space.

Here are some colors and why you should use them:

Green – Green is perfect for creating a calm and relaxing feeling. It has a soothing effect on the body, and it can be used with a wide variety of other colors. It also works well when used with other shades of green and accents of white.

Blue – Blue is known as a calming color, and it has the ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It is commonly used in rooms were focus and calmness are desired. Light shades of blue work well for making a small space seem larger, and it will make rooms with excessive sunlight seem cooler than they actually are.

Purple – Purple has historically been assocaited with Royalty, luxuriousness, power, and opulence. It lends a hint of “expensiveness” to a room. Bluish purples are more calming while reddish purples are bold and attention grabbing.

Pink – Pink is typically considered a comfortable and even soothing color. In most of the world it’s seen as having feminine energy, or is assocaited with candy and sweets. It can add a feeling of freshness or sweetness.

Red – Red is a very stimulating color, often associated with passion or even danger. Exposure to the color red can increase a person’s heartrate, as well as their appetite. As a tool in interior design red is commonly used in moderation to add warmth to almost any space.

Yellow – Depending on the shade, yellow can add brightness to any room. Yellow is often assocaited with optimism, particularly the brighter yellows. But dark yellows when used in excess, can cause feelings of overwhelm and depression. Use yellow sparingly, to bring out objects or areas.

Black – Black is often used by interior designers to create and air of sophistication, elegance, and boldness. When used as an accent, it makes things stand out. It should not be used extensively, as the emotions of black walls and spaces is often death and isolation. Use it sparingly to create special effects.

Gray – Gray is a versatile color for interior design. It can evoke emotions as varied as boredom, elegance, or even depression. The excessive use of different shades of gray can create a dull environment. But mixed with other colors and accents of white, gray can be a very engaging color for any room.

White – White is particularly effective for creating a sense of cleanliness. It is refreshing and can feel quiet and airy. White can make a small space feel bigger, which is one of the reasons that ceilings are often colored white. It goes well with any other color, but is particularly effective with neutral colors unless making a bold statement.

Brown – Brown is an earthy color and it evokes a feeling of nature and comfort. It is a neutral color and goes well with many other colors. It enhances our feelings of stability and safety as well. Varying shades of brown can be very effective for making neutral color schemes more pleasant.

So as you can see, understanding color is critical in interior design. Take the time to learn the common psychological responses to colors and you’ll have a head start on creating fantastic living and working spaces.