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How to use colour psychology for your home?

We take you through 20 tips on what colours and how to use them in and around your home in order to not just create aesthetics, but also make your home a mental, physical and emotional haven,

Colours can really affect the way you are able to better function and project your positive energies towards being creative, productive or de-stressed. We give you a list of Top 20 tips on how to use colours around your home, to make the most of not just your space, but also your moods

1. When you have a small space - Create the illusion of space with bright colors: If you want your home to look larger than it really is – especially when you may be looking at finding new tenants –  you could try and use bright and vibrant colors like yellows and eggshell shade to add space to your home exterior. Do stay away from the color white. Although it can add space, it is nowhere near as effective as tinted colors and tents to give a flattened and antiseptic feel.

2. Complex colours for the Intellectuals - Appeal to a highly educated crowd with complex colors: For home exteriors and interiors, using colors that consist of more than one word can often appeal to highly educated people. On the other hand, simple colors appeal to lower budgets and lower education levels. When choosing complex colors, think of names like forest green or eggshell white.

3. To get really hungry in your kitchen – Red works wonderfully in a kitchen to get those appetites raging. Red has been a powerful colour, known to heightened moods in a lot of people and has a really a heavy duty gastronomic effect on the appetites in most people, especially in kitchens or where you eat. This is a reason why many restaurants choose red patterns in their dining rooms. Also for the Chinese, red signifies a happy colour used at the time of festivities, as in India too, and as food is always seen as a happy time to share and eat together: red works traditionally and wonderfully. Even by adding red cabinet door, or a single red counter, instead of overwhelming you kitchen in red, works very well will work well.

4. Make a grand entry – When you use a blend of colours to naturally combine the paint of your interiors and with the exterior paint, even as an accent, it tends to give your guests an idea of what to expect. Also, it keeps the continuity of space with the kind of colours you have used in and around your home. You can also use your exterior paint color on parts of your interior to achieve the same general effect.

5. For people who have homes in colder areas during the winters - Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter: Using reds, oranges and yellows in your home paint decor can make the home seem more welcoming from the outside or warmer on the inside – especially during the winter. If you are selling a home during the winter and are planning to paint, keep this in mind.

6. Be cool in the Summers - Cool off in the summer with colder colors: Along the same lines as warm colors in the fall, cool colors, especially blue, can make your home seem fresh, cool and clean during the summer. A white exterior with blue trim is a popular choice for summer homes and painting projects.

7. Old is gold- Color consultants will say that using familiar colors that go back to your childhood of which you have fond memories – especially in the kitchen – can bring those memories back and really make for a pleasant mood in the kitchens. For Indian homes, where traditional kitchens were more about the space and the food being created, you could add old accents to really create a mood from the past. Adding a grinding stone, large cooking vessels can be mounted on the wall, large common lagans or plates can also be wall mounted. These will really make the mood more cheerful and even if you do not use any of these currently it really adds to the character and aesthetics to create a pleasant mood. Old school colours like red and yellow work for all kitchens
8. Soothing colours in your chilling out rooms - In your bedroom and bathroom, cool colors always bring on a sense of peace, wellness and calm. These are colours that are used in spas and also for the same reason. This can even be done with the addition of potted plants and water bodies. Consider shades of blue, green or even lavender to calm you in your escape rooms. When using this technique, remember that the darker the shade of color you choose, the more apparent the effect.

9. Pressure problems – better to stay off red - Stay away from red if you have high blood pressure thought it  is great for the appetite in your kitchen, dark shades of red are often associated with high blood pressure and irritability in other rooms of the house. If you would like a darker color paint for your bedroom or living room, go for a cooler color rather than a warm one.

10. IF it looks good on you, it looks good on your walls – If for instance you have a colour that you think looks good on you, you could add it to your bathroom, and chances are you will enjoy getting ready in a bathroom that has colours that you like wearing. And if you feel, there is a colour, that just does not suit you, definitely do not put it on your bathroom walls, it will cause some amount of irritation. 

11. Red might not be the best colour for your workout room – Though we’ve described how red is a real mood colour, and you would imagine it best for an aggressive workout, not completely true. This could somewhat overdo the sensation of feeling hot and might lead to your body temperature rising too fast.  Warm happy colours like yellows and blues work well in workout rooms and green-blue works well in not just keeping you peppy, but also working well for yoga, or for those cool offs after an extended work out.

12. Green for concentration – Green is known to be a great colour for concentration. If you are working from home and have a home office green inspires concentration. And, after all, the faster you get your work done, the more time you will have to spend with your family. In addition to a green plant, try painting the room with a light green. However, don’t turn your home office into a jungle. Over doing it can be distracting. The right shade and the right amount of green really does wonders in making a room work for you. Even adding a plant is known to help. Especially if you are looking at a computer screen or writing for long hours, green tends to relax and soothe the eyes. 

13. Yellow and optimistic -  Inspire optimism with yellow and the colour works well throughout your home. Great ways to use yellow inside your home is in an entryway or enclosed front porch. As you leave for the day to go to work or school, the yellow paint in this area will give you one last boost of optimism before the daily grind.

14. Purple can be tricky – The colour tends to overwhelm and it is best to use it in accents and accessories around the house. Though you would imagine that since it signifies wealth and romanticism but in reality in the comfort your home, it can seem all too showy Subtle décor, or and strong accessories could work better if you need to use purple, also if you blend it with shades of yellows or greens, it is more comfortable.

15. Natural Brown – Always loved wood and leather but want to keep things earthy and warm, brown works wonderfully. If you love the look of wood or leather or already incorporate this earthy natural look in any room of your house, adding some brown paint can amplify the appearance. Some people tend to feel a little depressed with brown, but that’s when accents in reds and yellows and even blues and greens can really be played up 

16. Thinking Black – Black gives the impression the place is small and not airy. If you need to use black in your room, your child’s room or a bathroom there are a few options. Black in a teens room could work with a single wall or ceiling, with art work, of the teens choice on it; for a bathroom, black works well with tiles, or shimmering granite. If you still want an all black room, you will need to offset this with lighter steel accents like night lamps, lights, lighter upholstery in whites and greys and for drama shocking pinks and bright greens to create a landscape in your room.

17. How to use pink – And still be adult about it? Pink in muted tones works well in meditation ; if you are lucky enough to have a separate area in your home just for meditation or relaxation. Pink tends to have a cathartic effect, especially if it is in its pastel shades. Though it works as a great accessory colour in shocking pink in wooly cushions and throws on sofas or as floor rugs. It puts you in the mood for fun and great idea for when you are entertaining.

18. Why white is right - There’s a reason bathroom fixtures are usually white is so that you know when you need to clean them. This symbolizes fertility and cleanliness, but it also makes cleaning easier in the bathroom. You don’t want stains to be hidden so they go without being cleaned. Knowing that the bathroom is clean and fresh with lovely white paint can put your mind at ease and inspire relaxation.

19. Orange for good health - Trust orange for a sick room or asthmatic child’s room: Orange is often associated with improved lung function. A bright orange also makes you feel energetic and works very well on a single wall or a door in a room. When you paint on the orange in a texturised finish that can be achieved by simply  rubbing a sponge in circles or with a roller brush. A workout room would also work in orange; a mild orange can be very helpful to those recovering from illness or with lung problems.

20. Nature heals- Choosing colours from nature is the best way to clinch the psychology of your home and yourself. The colours have the ability to lift your mood and generally work well for you.  When using color psychology in your home, choose paints, accents and accessories in colours and patterns that remind you of nature. Colors that appear in nature will blend perfectly in your home interior. However, with the exterior of your home, bright colors are, more often than not, the best choice for a more welcoming living space.

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