The Psychological Affect of Interior Design on your Subconscious | Colour


Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects - how to achieve a specific look, which decorating style to emulate, new design trends that you should check out. That’s only one piece of the puzzle. An area that’s not always taken into consideration is the psychological effect of interior design on your subconscious. Believe it or not, the choices that you make when deciding how your home will look have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions.

Colour choice affects our mood. It’s no surprise that colour is a main component of how we experience the world around us. But, what may be surprising to some is the fact that that the colours in our environment have a definitive affect on or moods and emotions. As you begin to conceptualize your home’s interior design, make sure that you are using colours in ways that fit with the tone you want to create in the space.

Modern colour psychology dates its origins to the early 19th century when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published his book, Theory of Colours. Though there is some debate regarding the implications of certain shades, researchers, interior designers and marketing professionals seem to agree on certain basic points.

​Remember, when you choose which colours to include in your interior, three colours are better than one. Choose a neutral for the largest items like walls and flooring, a calmer colour for furniture and other sturdy items. Then, pick a third more dramatic colour to pop in your statement accessories and décor.


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