Researchers and experts have discovered that colour has an effect on people's moods, feelings and behaviour, which is why designers also use colour to evoke certain emotions in a room.
For centuries, painters have discovered the power that colour has on the viewer.
"Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions"
- Pablo Picasso
By using colour in your room, you can create a specific mood and feel.
If you want your room to appear bright and large, then white is your best option. It makes the room feel clean, fresh and simple and it also adds highlights to the room.
White often symbolises a new beginning or fresh start.
If you're into the minimalistic design style, then white is the best colour to convey that feeling in the room.
Ever wondered why you're hungry when driving past a McDonald's or KFC? It's because red is known to increase your appetite and metabolism. Which is why it's such a popular colour among restaurants.
Red also grabs people's attention and stimulates excitement. If you want to raise the energy in a room, then red is the colour to go with.
Try pairing red walls with warm-toned floors and dark furniture for a classic and refined look.
Yellow is attention-grabbing, energetic and warm but can invoke very strong feelings when overused. It's the most visible colour but also the most difficult to read because it's the most fatiguing to the eye.
It reflects a high amount of light which is why it's such a cheerful and warm colour.
Try using yellow in your kitchen or living room to make it appear refreshing. Avoid using it as a primary colour in your bedroom. Rather use it in small amounts to quickly grab attention.
As a colour that oozes sophistication, black is also seen as attractive and elegant. High society associates black with power.
But it can also evoke strong feelings of anger, fear and aggression.
Some designers use black to create a very dramatic and moody room. Try using black to accentuate beautiful statement pieces around your home. You can also use black as an accent wall; a black fireplace is always a winner.
Blue is a very calm and serene colour and research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.
It's often seen as a sign of reliability and stability which is why multiple businesses use it in their logos and advertising.
To improve productivity, try using blue in your home office. Another great room to decorate in blue would be your bedroom to invoke the feeling of relaxation.
Brown is a great colour to combine with blue as it conveys feelings or warmth and comfort. It's a solid and earthy colour which reflects strength and reliability.
Light brown can be used as a neutral colour in your decorating. Dark brown represents wood while light brown reflects earth.
Try using brown and blue in your bedroom to create a very natural feeling in the room.
Green is often described as tranquil, refreshing and natural. It's known to positively affect thinking and even physical health.
It's used in design to relieve stress and create a very relaxing space, which is why a lot of designers use it in public spaces like restaurants.
Green would be a perfect colour for a home office or bedroom and would even look and feel great in a living room. Try incorporating green objects like house plants to create a very natural feeling room.
Colours speak all languages.
- Joseph Addison