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Living: How to choose colors for your interiors

Color plays a vital role in the world of design, and since design can cover many different areas, it can be very powerful in human Lives.


Color can alter a person’s mood, incite anger, evoke happiness, or call to mind feelings of indifference and sadness. Even so, most people do not spend a lot of time thinking about the effects of color in their homes or offices. Yet, the color and design in our home should reflect the people who live inside, and designers and homeowners should use colors wisely to create the intended atmosphere in each space.

But what is color? In physics, color is essentially the way our eyes and brain perceive different wavelengths of light reflected off objects. Take for instance the rainbow, which represents the spectrum of colors that the human eye can see – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. That’s color, so, what is black and white? Some people maintain that white is the absence of all colors and black is the presence of all colors. However, science explains that objects appear white if a rough surface reflects different wavelengths at about the same strength. Black color means that an object absorbs all wavelengths instead of reflecting them.



These are colors or hues that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, like blue and orange or yellow and violet. Complementary colors are usually used as accent colors in small quantities.

TRIADS – Triads form a triangle on the color wheel, like yellow, blue, and red; or orange, green, and violet. These colors can also be used as accent colors, but they must be balanced. If not, they can overwhelm a room.

ANALOGOUS COLORS – These are groups of colors that are right beside each other on the color wheel, like red, orange, and red/orange.

MONOCHROMATIC COLORS – Keeping it simple, this is the use of only one color, but in shades from dark to light, like navy to powder blue.

COOL AND WARM COLORS – Cool and warm colors are typically sued to create a mood in a room. Cool colors are blues, greens, and purples, while warm colors are reds, oranges, yellow,s, and pinks.

NON-COLORS – Non-colors are not found on the color wheel, but still, play a very important role in interior design. Non-colors are greys, beiges, browns, white,s and black.

The basic thing we need to understand is color psychology and why it is important in interior design. Wikipedia describes color psychology as “the study of hues as a determinant of human behavior.” There’s little doubt that the colors that are chosen for a project can affect a person’s mood, state of mind, and overall disposition. The way color affects our mental and emotional constitution dates to the ancient Egyptians who studied the effects of color on mood and used them to accomplish holistic benefits. For example, red was thought to increase circulation, orange to increase energy, and blue to soothe the pain.


RED- Red emotes feelings of energy, war, danger, strength, power, and determination, but also passion, desire, and love. The various shades of red are light red, which represents joy, sexuality, passion sensitivity, and love.

PINK-PINK, on the other hand, represents compassion, nurturing, and love, and depending on the hue, it can make a room playful, feminine, and warm.

ORANGE-Orange is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. It represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

YELLOW-Yellow is the color of sunshine and is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms.

GREEN- Green is the color of nature. Considered the most restful color for the eye, green can transcend a sense of calmness and security when used in interior design. Green symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility, and generally makes people feel emotionally safe.

BLUE-Blue, by far, is the most popular color in the US and is associated with trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue slows down the metabolism and has a calming effect, so it is beneficial.

Color plays a vital role in the world of design, and since design can cover many different areas, it can be very powerful in human Lives. Understanding the psychological impact of Different colors is essential for designers for working in various sections such as interior design, logo; Graphic Design, and advertising. In the world of marketing, color combinations are not only used to attract our attention but are also used to represent one’s culture.

Article by Mrs. Meenal Parakh Jain


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