Colour Psychology in the Home

What colours are good for decorating? It is an interesting question and one I get asked a lot as we all want a home environment that is warm and that we feel comfortable in. But the answer to this question is very complex as we are all individual and like and dislike different colours.

There is no point me suggesting say pale blue for “calm communication” to someone who does not like this colour. But there are some colours that work best in particular areas and some that are not so appropriate in areas.

Colours for the Bedroom

For children and teenagers, the space where they can put their own personal stamp on is their bedroom. While it is nice to give them some input it is up the parent to also guide them as to what palette of colours will suit them and the home overall. I was doing a house renovation years ago for a client with 2 teenage children. The eldest was a sixteen year old girl and she wanted the walls in her room painted Black. When I explained to the mother the Colour Psychology meaning of Black, she was adamant that her daughter would not be having Black on her walls. A Colour Psychology aspect of Black is being “withdrawn and not communicating” and “may fear growing up”. These are obviously not energies a teenager will feel balanced and supported with. I also note that a lot of teenagers are drawn to Black as they may be struggling with their emotions or feeling safe and protected as they branch out in life heading towards adulthood.

Another colour not suitable for a bedroom is Red due to it being a strong colour and is all about “taking action” and can be an “aggressive” colour, so it may hinder sleep. And while Red is considered the colour of passion in its negatives aspects is also about anger and not so conducive for couples going to bed after an argument as it may exacerbate the situation.

The Colour Psychology theory in bedrooms is to have more calming colours in spaces that are used for sleeping and relaxing like pale blue, aqua, mint green to name just a couple. Or using a mix with a lot of neutrals can also give the right energy for a bedroom.

Colours for the Lounge & Dining Areas

There is more freedom of choice for these public areas as they can handle a lot of energy or be equally okay with a calmer energy. Again, here personal taste is going to be the most important consideration. There is no point using trend-based colours if you do not like them. As I like to tell clients it costs no more to paint the room in the right colours as it does the wrong colours.

These areas can handle more pattern and bold colours and will depend on the energy the person who lives there would like to have in the home.

So, the first question to ask is “What feeling would you like in your home?”

Once this has been decided then with the use of Colour Psychology and your personal preferences a palette of colours can be selected that are unique and individual to the homeowner and the family.

Even though there are more colour and product options for these areas you do not want to use too many colours as the energies can feel a little overwhelming and cause subtle emotional imbalances.

Keeping in mind each colour has its own energies and some colours are more dominate than others. I personally find that too many colours and patterns together are very disturbing energetically.

Colours for Kitchen & Bathrooms

As with the lounge and dining areas colours in kitchen and bathroom areas can be bold and quite patterned. But the difference here is that colours in these areas are usually driven by product availability and cost. For example, if you are looking to use granite on the kitchen benchtops then you have a limited palette of colours to select from. This decision will then be based on your colour preference and from a Colour Psychology point of view this selection will be one you resonate with.

There are further issues to consider that drive colour selections for kitchens and bathrooms – are you renovating for resale or do you see yourself living there for the long term.

So, if it is for resale from a Colour Psychology point of view you can select colours that help with decision making and a feeling of abundance that will hopefully resonate with prospective buyers. These colours are the creams and beiges as they also have a lot of white which gives clarity and helps with making decisions.

But this may not appeal to you as you may like lots of bold colours, so if you are selection colours for resale you can bring your personal preferences into the space with accents colours in plates, pots and cups. The new owners can then add their own accent colours.

Keep in mind though that too much white in a property for sale could go into white’s negatives and make it harder for the prospective buyer to make up their mind.

If you are selecting colours for a home that you plan to stay in a long time, then you can choose bolder colours.  But keep in mind if you might get tired of this colour long before it wears out. So strong colours are best used on areas that can be repainted like walls or cabinetry. With benchtops and floors it is a good idea to select with a view to liking them for a long time.

I personally have found that I can have a strong reaction and need for a particular colour and then once I have lived with it for a period of time, I find I need to move onto another colour.  So, I find it important to ensure these colours are easily changed using items like cushions, ornaments, towels and feature wall colours and I leave floors, tiles and benchtops a bit neutral so they can go with any palette I feel like.

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