Psychological Effects of Color in Interior Design

Psychological Effects of Color in Interior Design

Psychological Effects of Color in Interior Design

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Did you know that colors affect your moods and actions? This may sound strange, but colors have psychological impacts on us. While designing your home, you have the task of choosing which color you should use for your interior.

Sometimes you wonder if the colors matter or maybe you should pick any color that looks appears beautiful.

You need to understand the different effects that specific colors have on you because if you are armed with this knowledge, Real Property Group explains, you can decide how you want to feel by designing your interior accordingly.

Colors have an impact on your feelings, thoughts, and actions. Just like colors make a room look darker or brighter, they can make us feel warm, cold, or indifferent. Thus, colors have 3 groups; warm, cold, and neutral.

Warm colors are the ones that heighten emotions and evoke the feeling of activity, joy, playfulness, passion, and sometimes anger. They include red, orange, yellow, and a combination of these or similar colors.

Cool colors elicit a feeling of peace, harmony, calm, refreshment, and relaxation. They include blue, green, violet, and purple.

Neutral colors are uneventful and do not contrast with anything. Examples include white, grey, and brown.


Psychological effects of colors



Red is the warmest color. It can cause irritability and anger, but at the same time, it is refreshing and stimulating. It can ignite strength, energy, hunger, appetite, determination, desire, passion, and love.

You should use this color with caution. Avoid using it in your bedrooms and other rooms meant for relaxation because it can inspire intense and hectic feeling, instead use it in your kitchen, dining, or any place you want to stimulate excitement.


Pink inspires love, nurture, warmth, compassion, a “feel-good” atmosphere, imagination, creativity, and balance. It can make your room look feminine and romantic.

This color is comforting, and you can use it in your bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms as well.


Blue is a cool color that gives the feeling of peace, serenity, calm, order, quiet, and clarity. Blue is beneficial to the mind and body because it reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism.

You should use blue in bedrooms, spa-like rooms, and other rooms meant for relaxation, thinking, or meditation. Use blue with care because excessive use can cause depression.


Green, as a cold color, is the calmest color for your eyes. It signifies freshness, fertility, growth, balance, harmony, and security (makes you feel emotionally safe). It gives a soothing effect and bestows elegance and integrity.

Green is just like blue; you can use it any room but with caution. Excessive use of green can cause depression.


Orange is a socially inviting color that gives attraction, joy, happiness, motivation, enthusiasm, success, creativity, determination, and encouragement. It is therapeutic because it can help you relieve stress, self-pity, and depression. It also improves your digestion and immune system.

Since this color can stimulate your appetite, we recommend it for your kitchens and dining room.


Yellow stimulates freshness, energy, happiness, alertness, youthful optimism, quick decision making, thinking, euphoria, and self-confidence. This is because it’s action on the left side of the brain.

It encourages communication and creativity and is suitable for your dining rooms and kitchens. Use yellow with caution because it can cause anxiety and fear.


Purple is associated with wealth, nobility, royalty, and sophistication. It ignites creativity, drama, and fantasy. It is the right color for your bedrooms, living rooms, children’s rooms, and other rooms that need creativity.


This is a combination of red and blue. This color combines the calmness of blue and the energy of red to give your room creativity, luxury, and calm. It is capable of transforming your fears and obsession and giving you mental balance.


Black signifies mystery, drama, power, and wisdom. It gives the feeling of luxury, sophistication, and elegance. It is used sparingly as an accent because excessive use can be oppressing and dreary.


White symbolizes cleanliness, peace, and purity. It conveys the feeling of innocence, youthfulness, faith, and freshness. It is very suitable for small rooms because it makes them appear larger. It is excellent for bathrooms and any other place you want to stimulate freshness and cleanliness.

Bottom line: Psychological Effects of Color in Interior Design

Colors have a way of affecting our mentality, actions, and emotions. Good knowledge of the psychological effects of colors will help you to design your house intentionally so that you can get the desired outcomes.

It is prevalent for people to use only one color for a room, this will give you the maximum psychological effect. However, you can combine contrasting colors to get multiple results.

You should use some colors with caution, even when they have beneficial effects. This is because they are also capable of having some undesirable effects when used in excess.

When you are in doubt, always contact a professional for more advice.


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