The psychology of color is the study of how colors affect human emotions and behaviors. Scientists have found that physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, calm us down, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is known as chromodynamics.
In home design, color is a powerful tool that can be used to inspire emotions, create space illusions or simply set the mood and atmosphere for any particular room. In both interior and exterior design, color psychology is an interesting way to create a healthy and beautiful living or working space. Here are some ways to use color psychology in interior design:
1) Bright colors create the illusion of space. So, if you want your space to look bigger , you can use vibrant colors like yellows and eggshells. Whether it is a wall, an object , a piece of furniture or a piece of wall art, it will surely add to the feeling of space in a room.
2) The use of white creates a refreshing and clean look in your space. It gives out an airy appearance, quiet and pure. It should be used as the base color in a space on walls and ceilings and then accentuated with furniture, objects and pieces of wall art in brighter colors.
3) Red is the ideal color for kitchens. It has been proved to increase appetite in most people.This is why many restaurants apply red patterns in their dining rooms. Use red in your kitchen by simply blend neutral colored walls with a red-centered painting, red shutters or chairs. The possibilities are endless.
4) Grey in interior design shows a subtle elegance without being too conservative. A beautiful shade of grey, in combination with white as base colors, can create a clean and refreshing appearance. Again, you can avoid a boring feeling by adding unique to you pieces of furniture, home accessories and paintings in bright colors.
5) Deep tones are said to warm up your space. Use reds, oranges and yellows and make your home seem warmer on the inside– especially during the winter.
6) Cool off with colder colors. Cool colors, especially blue, can make your home seem fresh, cool and clean. This is why a white exterior with blue trim is a popular choice for summer homes, especially in Greece. Complementing white walls with art canvas based on blue themes, can give a feeling of a summery spot in your garden or porch. Blue has also been proved to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It is used in its lightest shades to enlarge a room or cool a space with much sun and heat. If used in kitchen, paint, furniture or dishes, blue is said to decrease appetite and you can lose weight.
7)If you want to create an elegant and bold aspect for your space, consider the use of black. If you use it in a smart way, black gives an elegant and sophisticated air to interior design. It is ideal for bringing out certain elements of a room. Do not use too much black, but only to highlight certain things like picture frames, small tables, etc. If you use it on part of a wall, make sure you add a wall art statement piece to accentuate it.
8) Use your past memories to evoke different colors: Color consultants usually say that using familiar colors from your childhood associated with fond memories , can bring those memories back and create a pleasant mood. So, try to remember the colors of different places you visited, and different spaces you used as a child and use them to bring back the childhood warmth.
9) Green is recommended for home office interiors because it inspires concentration, which means work done faster and more free time for you to share with friends and family. A green plant is an obvious choice, but you can also try painting the room with a light green or putting up wall art based on green themes. However, don’t overdo it as it can be distracting. Green is also one of the most popular colors used right now in home design.
10) Use shades of orange in a workout room. This color is often associated with improved lung function and increased energy. A mild orange could also help those recovering from illness or with lung problems.
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