Colour Psychology for Interior Design

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

By Leanne Butler, Owner of Tiger Lily Interiors

Colour effects everyone, it is the first thing our brains register before shapes, words or texture. It triggers emotional and physical feelings, which is why it’s so important to choose the right colours in Interior Design.

Colours are great for representing personality, a confident person may have bright and bold colours in their house which stand out. However, a shy and reserved person may have neutral colours with more greens due to the nature of the colour representing serenity.


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Blue is the most popular colour in the world. Dulux Paints conducted a survey and found that 42% males and 30% females shared a favourite colour of blue. It’s unsurprising that this colour is universally liked, it stimulates clear thinking and concentration as well as being the colour of confidence and optimism. Although this colour is so well perceived, you need to be careful when using it in your house. It can also be identified as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.


Red is a colour commonly associated with anger and danger. It’s a strong physical colour in contrast to blue which is mentally evoking. Although there are negative connotations with red, it is also warming and embraces excitement. It is stimulating and lively which will add depth and contrast to a room when used correctly.


Not a colour many people use whilst decorating due to it being voted the least appealing colour for both male and females. I often jest with my family that we will paint my son’s bedroom yellow to help him move out! Joking aside, the colour is associated with optimism, creativity and friendliness. Pair with grey in a living space - it is ultra modern and fast becoming a popular colour this decade. The correct yellow will lift our moods and self esteem. Use sparingly in a room, too much of it can cause the opposite effect and our self esteem will plummet, bringing in feelings of fear and anxiety.


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Green brings balance into a room. It is associated with nature and water which reassures the mind as a calm countryside would. Green is perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere, multiple shades of the colour or pairing with other soothing colours will create a restorative effect. For effective use, decorate a living room with this colour for a truly relaxing setting.


Often associated with spirituality and containment, purple is a brilliant colour for meditation and concentration. It is also associated with royalty, luxury, truth and quality. Ideal for living or bedroom spaces, purple pairs perfectly with stone, tan or other neutral colours.


Orange is associated with physical warmth, comfort and passion. It also stimulates appetite, so is best placed in the kitchen. Pair orange with turquoise for a quirky contrast, the colours will appear brighter against one another due to their positions on the colour spectrum.


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Grey is a psychologically neutral tone, it can be perceived as quite suppressive due to the absence of colour. However, used with a contrasting tone like white will give a room a stylish monochrome effect. It’s a tone which is timeless and versatile, being used more frequently in the neutral palette as opposed to magnolia or white.

Redecorating is a fantastic opportunity to express your personality as well as refreshing your home. Simple changes like new curtains or blinds can completely change a room. Matching cushions to the same fabric on your blinds can tie a room together and add those finishing touches. View our portfolio and services page to see what Tiger Lily Interiors could offer to your home.

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