The Psychology of Colour: Using Colours in the Home

The Psychology of Colour: Using Colours in the Home

The psychology of colour has always fascinated me. I love to use different colours in the home to create different moods. Colour is incredibly symbolic. We associate particular objects or things with specific colours, for instance, football teams and logos. Throughout the day, we are experiencing colours rather than simply visualising them. Different colours produce different responses in the human brain. Companies spend fortunes employing people to ensure they make the most out of the psychology of colour in their advertising campaigns as well as in stores and restaurants.

The colours we use in our home are therefore greatly significant. They can affect our moods, the way we interact with each other and the way we treat that particular space. Colours also reflect our own personalities and the way we want others to experience our home.

Therefore, before choosing a colour scheme in any room in the home, it is important to consider how you want to feel in that room. Energetic, relaxed or comforted? You should then consider which colours will create the desired effect.


First of all, blue is known to have a soothing, calming effect. This colour is strongly associated with loyalty and trustworthiness. Blue symbolises water and the sky. Given its calming effect, blue rooms are said to lower blood pressure and the heart rate. Some dieters use the colour blue on the kitchen walls as it is said to reduce appetite. Use cool blue tones to cool down a hot or sunny room.

Blue is, in fact, an ideal colour to use in any room in the home.


Yellow has strong associations with sunshine, energy and happiness. The colour yellow is uplifting and lightens the mood.

Nonetheless, yellow can be rather bold and overbearing. Yellow is known to make people quick to anger. Consequently, avoid using bold tones of yellow in rooms designated for relaxation, eg. the lounge or bedroom. The colour is a good choice in hallways and entrance ways or kitchens. Yellow furniture or accessories are a great way to bring a splash of colour to any room without being too overbearing.


When we see red, we might think of a stop or a warning sign. Or perhaps fire, passion, and danger. As a result, when used in a room, the colour red can raise energy levels and help to retain focus. In contrast to blue, red is said to raise blood pressure and heart rate. Given its association with passion and excitement, red is often used in bedrooms. However, it is too stimulating for most. Red is most effective in hallways and entrances for it suggests strength and makes a strong first impression!


Green is strongly associated with nature. It creates a calm, relaxing atmosphere in a room. The colour brings energy into a space. Green can be used to relieve stress and is, therefore, a great choice for the bedroom. Indeed, green is said to help with fertility. Green is also a great way to promote a sense of comfort in the lounge.


The colour purple was reserved exclusively for the Emperor in Roman times. It is reminiscent of royalty, wealth, sophistication as well as creativity and spiritualism. Purple will add depth to a room. Lighter shades of purple have a calming, soothing effect. Lilac is recommended for the bedroom for this precise reason. Alternatively, lilac would be an ideal choice for the dining room.


Pink is traditionally perceived as a feminine colour. It has strong associations with tenderness, comfort and maternity. This colour can create a sense of peace and serenity in a room. Many meditation spaces use the colour pink to create a tranquil effect. Yet pink is also a colour associated with fun. Using pink in a room is said to promote feelings of kindness and gentleness. It is a great choice for the bedroom because of the relaxing effect of this colour.


Orange is the colour of enlightenment – Buddhist monks where the colour orange as a symbol of their pursuit of enlightenment. Orange creates a sense of energy and enthusiasm making it a great choice for any work out room in the home. The colour is rather bold and therefore makes it a great colour to accessorise a room. However because of its association with energy, orange is not the ideal bedroom colour, nor is it ideal for the lounge or any other relaxation room. Orange is said to aid digestion making it a perfect choice for the dining room.

Neutrals and the Psychology of Colour

Neutral colours can be used to tone down bright colours.


Promotes a sense of innocence and youth. White is associated with cleanliness and creates a refreshing atmosphere. White on its own can feel too clinical for some people but it works well with any other colour. Also, using different tones of white can be a great way to add a creative flair to any room.


Black is a dramatic colour which suggests sophistication and opulence, but it can be depressing when used too much in a room. The colour adds depth to a space but should be used in moderation.


When it comes to the psychology of colour, there are little positives I can say about grey. Grey is formal and sophisticated but is associated with conformity and seriousness. Yet grey demonstrates creativity and confidence. Grey can be used in any room in the home to create a stunning effect.


Finally, Brown is sometimes perceived as rather drab and boring, but us does have its uses. It is a practical colour which promotes relaxation. Furthermore. brown is reminiscent of nature and can be used to create a beautiful effect.

When decorating any room in the home, it is important to remember the psychology of colour. Choosing the right colour can help us sleep at night, unwind after a hard day, or bring energy to the room.

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  1. Asher Downer
    February 3, 2019 / 9:07 pm

    Wow! I love this post. It such an interesting and different idea x

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

  2. February 4, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I really do believe in the psychology of colours. I had yellow walls when I was revising for my exams and I truly feel like it helped me xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      It’s great to hear it works for others too Gemma xxx

  3. Britt | Alternatively Speaking
    February 4, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    I have always loved the concepts of colour psychology and how they can be used in our lives – from home decoration to the clothing choices we make. Just be careful using red in a kitchen, it encourages hunger (that’s why you see it in so many fast food logos) lol
    Britt |

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:28 pm

      It is amazing to think how many logos red features on! I was just counting them, there are loads! Thanks xxx

  4. Natalie Christensen
    February 4, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Loved it! This was so helpful and insightful I shared your post.

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

    • Jade
      March 11, 2019 / 8:10 am

      Wow lovely colours amazing post


  5. hanmwill
    February 4, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    This is a massively interesting read, I loved it so much! I’m bookmarking and will definitely be returning when I finally have my own house to decorate!

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

  6. February 5, 2019 / 1:27 am

    Really interesting! I didn’t know that all these colors could evoke such a wide variety of emotion. I also didn’t know orange was the color of enlightenment. Very cool! Blue is my favorite color, and I know it’s super popular, but I’d paint every room a shade of blue if I could. Maybe throw in an orange in the dining room. Who couldn’t use some enlightenment? 😉

    Jessica | The Unplug Initiative

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      I’m rather partial to blue shades too Jessica! Luckily for me, my husband is a Manchester City fan! So blue all the way!!! xxx

  7. February 5, 2019 / 9:30 pm

    This was really interesting, I’m not a huge fan of blue in most homes as I find it quite cold and unwelcoming. We have a lot of neutrals and dark wood (browns) at home. The bit about reds made me laugh, the feature wall in my bedroom is a burgundy colour ? x


    • February 5, 2019 / 10:37 pm

      I had a red feature wall in my bedroom once too! Does it keep you awake at night? haha 🙂 xxx

  8. February 5, 2019 / 10:49 pm

    I love any color in the purple family, lilac, violet, purple. The right color can make a room look and feel beautiful.

    • February 5, 2019 / 10:59 pm

      You’re so right Deborah – I love lilac xxx

  9. Alexx
    February 6, 2019 / 2:11 am

    This is so interesting! I’ve never thought of how colors affect the mood of your house. My house is filled with mostly white, grey and pink. I’m drawn to the gray furniture (like my couch and my sheets) and then I soften them up with the pink blankets! It’s my favorite aesthetic right now.

    • February 6, 2019 / 8:46 pm

      I really love pink and grey combined! My bedroom is currently pinks and grey! xxx

  10. February 7, 2019 / 10:02 am

    This is such an original post, really interesting to read. Thanks for sharing xx

    • February 11, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you lovely xxx

  11. Nicole Parkes
    March 3, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Brilliant I hadn’t even thought of what my colours said about me. I’ve only been able to really redo my living room but I have a black, white and bits of green colour scheme ! Makes a lotta sense! Xx

    • March 5, 2019 / 10:49 pm

      It’s so fascinating, isn’t it! I have always had green in my lounge – now I know why xxx

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