Decor Colour Choices Can Be Psychological

Although choosing a room’s colour is highly personal, it’s worth noting that studies have linked specific colour tones to psychological behaviour. In fact, many doctors, scientists and design experts believe that certain colours can actually influence human moods or motivations. 

The following list provides a general interpretation of commonly held views about how we perceive colour. It may help you decide on the colours you’ll use in your next interior painting or decorating project. 

While some suggested connections may seem obvious, others might surprise you. 

White: cleanliness, purity, innocence.
Yellow: concentration, attentiveness, optimism. 
Orange: abundance, expressiveness, passion. 
Red: emotion, creativity, appetite. 
Purple: status, opulence, indulgence. 
Blue: trust, confidence, productivity. 
Green: tranquility, comfort, nourishment. 
Brown: honesty, sincerity, simplicity. 
Black: contemplation, dedication, commitment.

Of course, there are many other subtle hues and shades that can evoke emotional responses. As a result, complementary colours can sometimes seem to conflict with your primary selection. So, even with scientific information, it is helpful to consider your instincts as well.

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