Colors, Mood & Home

The way we design our spaces in terms of colors has an impact on our mood that is greater than we can imagine. Color psychology is a theory of how each color affects our creativity, cognitive functioning, and productivity. It goes beyond the type of color and extends to the differences in hues that can alter human functioning and each individual responds differently to certain shades.

 

Think about how long you spend in the space of your room, your living area, the kitchen, your office. The colors of the walls, furniture, decorations, lights, and fixtures all play an important role in the habitat and by proxy in the inhabitants. Some colors add tones of energy and make the environment lively while other colors create a more relaxing environment that feels safe and comforting.

 

Woman with book relaxing on red couch in modern living room with glass facade

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Red is a very vibrant color that represents strong emotion, it harbors an ambiance of love, excitement, and passion. Red in offices inspires leadership, willpower, high energy. Red in the living room stimulates conversation. Red in the bedroom is especially fitting as it kindles feelings of desire. Complimentary colors such as beige can help balance out the intensity of the red.

Brown is reassuring in its essence, it can work wonders in combination with white to synchronize elements of modernism and classic. It’s best used sparingly, it tends to relax the senses which can lead to inactivity or lack of goals. When combined with vibrant shades it can symbolize resilience and security.

 

Modern bathroom interior design with wooden finishing

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Blue is one of the most calming colors for interior design, it relaxes the mind, slows down the heart rate, metabolism, and blood pressure giving it very healing characteristics. The color creates nostalgic feelings of the ocean, swimming pools, and the sky. Blue shades work well when used in moderation in contemporary interior design by decreasing discomfort.

 

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