Shades and Feelings - The Colour Psychology
Red. Yellow. Neutrals. Three colours, three moods, three emotions.
The power of colour psychology, the link between colour and our emotions, is a major game changer that affects how an individual feels when they step into the room. Understanding how different shades evoke certain emotion when selecting a colour palette, consider: what kind of atmosphere am I looking to create? An interior designer is the hero of space, finding ways to maximise functionality and minimise clutter. Basics, such as the psychology of colour amongst other fundamental principles are covered in the Introduction to Interior Design short course offered by City Varsity Online.
Wondering what those colours mean to our mood?
RED –An intense colour that gets the heart pumping, raised adrenaline and energy levels. When placed at the entrance, makes a bold first impression, in the living or dining room it connects people and stimulates powerful conversation. raises a room’s energy level and pumps the adrenaline. Ambition, action and willpower are all qualities attributed to this colour. Hence, a good pick for your office at home and creative spaces!
YELLOW –The colour of happiness, sunflowers and sunkisses! Yellow captures the warmth of sunlight and evokes positivity. An ideal choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energising and welcoming. Dark corner? Golden shades will surely create that feeling of light space.
NEUTRALS – Shades such as black, grey, white and brown are a definite must-have! Their virtue lies in their flexibility – add colour to liven things up and remove it for a subtler aesthetic. Grey is one of those versatile colours that can be warm or cool, and can evoke feelings of calm and security. Black’s neutrality gives it a fail-safe quality and creates an elegance that results in power, drama and mystery.