Experts have long been saying that there is a connection between emotion and colour and when it comes to interior decor there is no exception. The colour that we choose to have in our homes can affect how we think, feel and act in each room. Each colour has its own psychology behind it, from having a calming blue in the bedroom, a fiery red to create excitement in the sitting room or neutral colours like white and grey to add depth and interest.
The psychology of colours can even go as deep as people having different perceptions based on the name of the colours. For example, a study that took place showed people two cards, one with mocha written on it and one with brown written on it. People instinctively preferred the mocha card but in actual fact, both cards were the same colour they just had different names. People have this perception of not liking the colour brown.
The following infographic entitled “Psychology of Colour in Interiors” by EZ Living outlines the colours that should be used in each room from the paint or wallpaper to the furniture and accessories; and how they convey certain emotions (e.g. yellow in the kitchen and dining room to make it energising and welcoming). They also take a deep dive into what the industry experts have to say about the area of psychology when it comes to colours. While also bringing to light the idea of using the 60-30-10 rule when putting together a cohesive colour scheme; this rule is meant to give balance to the colours used in any space by splitting the room into 60% (main colour – walls, couches, rugs), 30% (secondary colour- curtains, bed lined, painted furniture ) and 10% (accent colour – beds, lamps, bedside tables).