Colour psychology focuses on the emotional and mental effects of colours on sighted people. The various effects range from subjective pieces to more acceptable and proven interpretations whose effects and interpretations vary across cultures.

Colour psychology will mean that the colours you interact with each day contribute to your mood as well as productivity. Psychological effects of colours can be classified into two main classes: cool and warm. Cool colours such as blue, green and purple indicate emotions ranging from calmness to sadness. Warm colours such as orange, yellow, and red instil comfort or warmth and can extend to anger and hostility. Your house, therefore, deserves colour combinations that will set a productive and soothing mood to enhance emotional well-being of your family.


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According to Leslie Harrington, a colour consultant based in Old Greenwich, Conn., colour is a universal language that we all know how to communicate intuitively. He further argues that whatever colour you paint your walls with will have an effect on the emotions and moods of the occupants.

If you would like to create an emotionally conducive home to your visitors and family, you have to identify the functions of the rooms. Then delve into finding out the predominant colour; you should keep in mind that certain hues are known to encourage some activities. Without any further ado, let us dive into finding out suitable colours for various rooms in your house.

Living Room and Foyer

The most suitable colours in the living room and foyer include the warm colours; they are known to stimulate communication and innately encourage people to sit down and have a conversation. According to Kate Smith, a colour consultant in Lorton, Va., colours encourage you to relax and feel the connection and the warmth with other people.


Colour consultants insist that in case you have great memories spending your time in the kitchen, then recreating those colour schemes may turn out to be a good idea. Smith further insists, "If you grew up in a blue-and-white kitchen and have great memories, blue and white may be the best colours for you and your family."

But what if you do not remember any colour schemes? Yellow and red can be the most appropriate colours for your kitchen. Apart from stimulating a conversation, Red is also known to fuel appetite; therefore, before painting your kitchen red you have to consider whether dieting is an option. The appetite-stimulating ability of the red décor accounts for its popularity in restaurants.

Dining Room

Painting red in a formal dining room can be a great idea due to its appetite-stimulating nature. It will encourage conversation as it whets the appetites of your guests. It will leave your guests thinking that you are a better cook. The adoption of the correct colour schemes for your dining room will leave an astounding impression on your guests.


The calming effect of cool colours will be suitable for this room where you are set to relax and reconnect with your partner. Therefore, lavender, blue, and green will be the most suitable colours for the bedroom. Making the hue darker, you tend to increase the intensity of the effect.
Blue will tend to calm down your nerves as well as reduce your heart rate and pressure hence, its relaxing and comforting effects.
Your teenagers should decide on what colour suits their rooms. They should select what colour they would like to paint on their bedrooms.


Warm colours signify purity and cleanliness and are best suited for this part of the house. A bathroom is also used as a place of rejuvenation as well as relaxing; painting blue or green will turn out to be a great move. The colour schemes will set a calm atmosphere backed with freshness and cleanliness.

Smith advises that if you never wear a certain colour, then it should not be used in your bathroom. That will be an invitation for disaster and uneasiness. The bathroom mirror should bring out the best in you and what surrounds you should be what makes you comfortable.

Workout Room

Red is known to increase blood pressure, heart rate and stimulates activity it can, however, make you feel hot; it will, therefore, not be the best choice for your house gym. Blue and green, which are the 'happy' colours will be suitable for your gym room.

Home Office

The ultimate goal in such a setting is productivity. You will prefer a colour that will set your mind to a working atmosphere and increase your concentration. The faster you will be able to finish your work; it will mean that you will have more time with your family and friends. Harrington agrees that green is a colour of concentration, and you should surround yourself with green most of the time for you to realise increased productivity.

The colours we interact with every day shape our behaviour and moods; therefore, surrounding ourselves with colours that will channel positivity and concentration will see us through in unravelling our potentials. Our houses play an important role in ensuring that we are modelled in a way that will shape us towards a particular direction. Feeding our society with positive energy will mean that the society will witness progress and success. Colour psychology generates ideas that will allow us to make our contributions to the society. As a result, next time you decide to paint your house take not of the ideas presented above.

Article last time updated on 30.06.2016.

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