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Colour Psychology in Interior Design

Do you feel your mood alter when you walk into different rooms in your house? Does the wallpaper in your living room keep fighting for your attention? There is a culprit behind this – and it is called colour psychology! Colour psychology talks about the influence of colors in interior design. In this blog, you can learn about these colors to create a space exactly tailored to the mood you want to achieve. With just the use of colors, you can transform your Indian household into the best space for you to think, feel and act!


Here’s a fun little exercise for you - I want you to identify a blank wall and a decorated wall in your house. How does the blank wall make you feel? Bored. Dull. Lifeless? On the other hand, what feeling do you get looking at the beautified wall? I’m sure the colourful paint or the interesting wallpaper triggered some excitement in you. It’s all colour psychology!


Sometimes, I stare at the blank walls in my house, with them staring back with their bleak expression. However, I see potential - a myriad of opportunities for them to be so much more. It’s almost like they are waiting to be painted a more exciting colour and be adorned with pieces that redefine interior design. After a bit of research and Pinterest mood-board inspiration I’ve found my resolution to this lies in the psychology of colour.



The power of color is such that it influences our mood in a space. When I walk into my storeroom, painted a dusty grey, I instantly feel bored and grim. On the other hand, sitting in the bright yellow corner of my living room, I feel excited and lively. The cream walls of the master bedroom calm me down, and I am always ready for a nap in that room!


When I walk into my house, I would want to feel inspired - and I am sure you would too! Read on to achieve that with using color psychology in interior design.



The colour of every wall, furniture piece and décor item in the room influences the way you feel about your space.


Before selecting the color of your choice, make note of these few pointers we must investigate for the home of our dreams!


  • The size of the room – In a room painted white or any other light color we feel that the space is much bigger than it is. This can also be achieved with the use of mirrors in your room. If you are looking for the opposite in a large room, warmer tones can be used to achieve a cozy feel.


  • Natural lighting – A room with lots of openings means lots of natural light - lighter colors like pastels can be used to keep the mood fresh and light.



  • Functionality – The color used in the interior design of a space must be harmonious with the activity that takes place within. For example, using red in dining rooms can promote a sense of togetherness as a family comes together to dine.


What do the colors in your household say about you?


Look around you – every single décor piece has a story to tell through its colour. Our traditional Indian households are the epitomes of vibrancy, they are naturally colourful and expressive. The bright photo frames and patterned tapestries are more than mere showcase pieces – they exhibit our rich cultural heritage.


Here are the 7 best colors you can use to revitalize your Indian household!


Use these colours and colour combinations in your homes– contemporary or traditional – these hues are guaranteed to give your interiors the boost they require.


1. RED


If you are living in an Indian household, red is no stranger to you. Bold, vibrant and eye-catching, red can be used in your rooms for a pop of color. For creating a traditional look for your living room, you can paint an accent wall in red. This ensures a lively mood while spicing up the atmosphere of the space. But take it easy on the reds! Using red furniture and accents in addition to red walls can be overpowering. Keep it to a minimum and achieve that traditional quality you have been looking for.


2. NAVY


In the world of interior design, navy is certainly the new black! A colour fit for royalty, navy and deep shades of blue can add depth to your space. It creates a warm atmosphere with a calming vibe. Navy can transform our rooms into reserved, tranquil spaces. So, use it in spaces where you need that extra bit of peace and calm. I have seen that pastel pink, mustard yellow, and golds go great with this color.


Navy blue walls create a sense of tranquility. With mustard yellow chairs, this space is perfect for a quiet reading nook. (Source: https://www.w2media.org/exquisite-interior-decorating-ideas-indian-style/)

3. GREEN


Looking to bring the outdoors into the comforts of your home? Use green in your space to include nature as part of your interior design. Green is associated with refreshment and rest. In the form of indoor plants, it can provide the space with a peaceful harmony. Green, along with other soothing colors such as white or beige can help calm you down.


4. YELLOW


Termed as the happy colour, yellow has the potential to brighten up your mood anytime of the day! This is enough reason to use in your interiors as an uplifting colour. Yellow interior design makes you smile, it gives you a feeling of a much bigger and brighter room. Use yellow in spaces like your living and dining rooms. It goes best with black, white or dark grey. Be careful in its use since yellow is a very stimulating color which can be overwhelming if used in excess.


5. GREYS AND WHITES


With Indian households being bright and lively, there is always a necessity of muted colours such as greys, whites and creams for balance. Using these colours on the walls can allow you to use bold accents and décor pieces without clashing. A sense of purity and openness can be achieved by using these light colors.


A serene mood is created with the use of white and grey walls and furniture in this space. (Source:https://blog.innovationhomeimprovement.com/what-to-paint-the-interior-of-your-home-to-sell)

6. BLACK AND WHITE


Black and white in Indian interiors might seem a bit too boring but that is rarely the case. The boldness of black and the peace that comes with white can be a beautiful symbiosis. If you are looking to go for a contemporary look, these colours are exactly what you are looking for! Metallic accents, or bold fuchsias as décor can be used to break the monotony.


Black and white interiors with golden accents can create a sophisticated yet fun look. (Source:https://www.designerscollective.ca/design-lesson-yes-or-no-to-accent-walls/)

7. ORANGE


Fun fact! Orange, the favorite of the Indian household is said to have an appetite stimulating effect. This makes it ideal to use in your dining rooms. An inviting color, using it in foyers and living rooms provides a welcoming feeling for you and your guests. Cream, grey and browns go best with orange. Use this in your space for a feeling of abundance and warmth.


Oranges provides comfort and warmth to a space. It encourages conversation and liveliness.(Source:https://indice8.blogspot.com/2020/05/home-orange-colour-wall-design.html)
“Colour is a power that directly influences our souls” -Wassily Kandinsky.

Colors have a huge impact on our lives, knowingly or unknowingly. Therefore, I recommend surrounding yourself with the colors that uplift you. Learning about the psychology of colors in interior design helps us design our spaces better through appropriate color schemes, those prompt positive emotions in us. Fulfill the potential of those dreary walls and floors through colour!


We recommend looking into colour psychology to anyone who is looking to revamp their homes. So, go on and turn your households into the most colorful version of yourself!








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