Colour Psychology

Painting a room is a great way to do a quick update and can even be that dramatic change you’ve been looking for. But before you go pick out your colour swatches, find out how certain colour may impact your mood and the space you’re painting.

Psychology of Colour Infographic


Red is one of the most stimulating colours--it can stimulate your mind, conversations, and even your appetite. It can be energizing and evoke excitement. It’s great for kitchens, and although it’s bold and can be intimidating, red can be used as an accent colour. Try red decor accents or even kitchen cupboards.


Since it’s closely related to red, orange is also an energizing colour. It can increase energy in a room and add excitement and enthusiasm. If your home gym needs an update, consider orange to keep you energized during those long workouts.


Yellow: the sun, daffodils, and smiley faces! Yes, yellow is the happiest colour there is. It induces creativity, optimism, and of course, happiness. Since it is most commonly in bright tones, yellow can open up a room and make it feel spacious.


Green aids concentration and encourages growth--those characteristics lend themselves well to a home office. It’s also a colour synonymous with nature and therefore has calming and refreshing qualities.


Blue may be the most versatile colour there is. It ranges from baby to navy, pastel to royal, and it goes with everything. That’s why you can’t go wrong with a good pair of blue jeans. Light blues are calming and, like yellow, can open up a room. Dark blues are great as accents, but too much dark blue in a room can bring sadness.


Purple is a royal colour. Bold purples inspire creativity and are dramatic and romantic. Lighter shades of purple are warm and calming.


Soft pinks are tranquil and relaxing, whereas bold and hot pinks add energy and some glamour to a room.


You’re likely not looking to paint your living room black, but it can be used in smaller doses to pull a room together. Some decorators believe that every room should have at least element of black in it to complete the decor. As the darkest colour there is (or shade), it’s very strong. Black can cut off the communication in a room, tightening the space from the walls and the moods of the people in it.


As the most literal opposite of black, white is pure and clean. It inspire creativity, growth and possibility. White is the ultimate stimulator. It’s great for any space and allows accent colours and decor to draw attention.
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