Psychology of Colour
When choosing the right colour for each room, it's useful to know just how colours can cast a spell and have a dramatic effect on how we feel.


Our choice of colours is one way we express our individuality. When choosing colours for our home we can transform our environment, create a style, set a mood and alter perceptions. The range of colours is ever-expanding; the combinations are infinite.

Psychology of Colour

Colour moods

Here are the common mood associations with various popular colours:

Blue - Research tells us that when people are exposed to a blue environment their blood pressure and pulse rates are lowered, relaxing both body and mind.  Blue is perfect for quieter areas in the home where we seek calmness and harmony, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. A room painted in light blue gives a feeling of space and makes a small room look larger.

Red - Stimulating red is the colour of life and is nature's energiser. It will warm up busy areas of the home such as the kitchen, dining room, reception area or playroom. In large blocks it can make rooms seem smaller.  You will need to temper the strength and warmth of red to prevent it from becoming overpowering. Red is not desirable where you need to relax, such as bedrooms.

Green - This is the colour of nature, balance, harmony and sympathy. Green soothes the emotions, relieves tension, relaxes and sedates. Nature's inspiration is limitless from green foliage, deep emerald seas, tropical aquamarine hues, luminous lime, deep wet forests, pale mint shades, succulent green-greys and so on. White often enhances its effect.  Ideal for studies, bedrooms, patios, living rooms and conservatories.

Yellow - This is cheerful, bright and uplifting.Yellow represents happiness and intellectual stimulation and can brighten the dingiest room. Ideal where a 'bright' mood is required such as entertainment areas, kitchens, dining areas and children's rooms.

Psychology of Colour


A colour changes when the quality of the light changes.  When choosing a colour, bear in mind it will look darker or stronger in a large area than it does on a colour chart.

The biggest influence on the final appearance of the colour on walls and ceilings will be the amount and type of light in the room. Daylight, fluorescent, track lighting and incandescent lighting all give different shades of colours. So be sure to check your colours in the lighting you have in your home. In general, the poorer the lighting, the darker the paint will appear.

This is also a consideration when choosing the painted finish; gloss, semi-gloss, matte etc, because they all have different light-reflective qualities.

Psychology of Colour


Warmer colours can be used to bring down a very high ceiling. For example, by painting the area above the picture rail in warm tones you will reduce the height of the room.

Whites, light neutrals and pale pastels will help make walls seem more distant and will tend to lift ceilings. To further enhance the feeling of space, use plain, light-coloured floor coverings and low level furniture in similar colours to the wall paint. You can invigorate neutral colour schemes with bright accessories.

Another example is how you can change the appearance of a narrow hallway into a squarer shape by using a strong or dark colour on the end walls to bring them in. You can further separate the side walls by using a pale colour.