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PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOUR

PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOUR

THE MEANING OF COLOUR IN YOUR HOME

Throughout history, colour has always been important - from natural pigments in primitive times to mood enhancers in modern homes. Here is our cheat sheet on the meaning behind colours.  

 

G R E E N

Green Living Room | courtesy of Domino Magazine Associated with: nature and energy, calming and restful, balance (halfway between red and blue) security, stability

Best for: bedrooms, living rooms

Pitfalls: I like to tame green with white and woods to make it serene. Too much green in the same tone can make people complacent. 

photography by JESSICA SAMPLE 

 

 

B L U E

Associated with: calming and soothing; promotes intellectual thought; believed to keepBLUE BEDROOM | The Pschology of colour | Atelier Lane blog post hunger at bay; loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative, prevents nightmares

Best for: bedrooms, bathrooms, studies

Pitfalls: Blue can look cold and unwelcome so I like to use blues with a warm undertone. 


 

 

R E D

Red dining room | Psychology of colour | Atelier Lane blog Associated with: danger, passion, energy, warmth, adventure, optimism

Best for: Red in dining rooms promotes sociable and lively feelings and stimulates the appetite

Pitfalls: it can be overpowering when one shade of red is used. I don't like red walls (my preference) but love using red in accessories. I vary the tone and I love using it against a bold background colour that will ground it. I never use red in a nursery. 

 

P I N K 

Pink Bedroom | Pschology of colour | Atelier Lane blogAssociated with: love

Best for: bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful. A hot fuchsia can introduce passion

Pitfalls: can appear to be very girlie and sickly sweet. To counteract this, introduce hints of dark charcoal, black or white. 

 

O R A N G E

Orange Study | Pschology of colour | Atelier Lane blogAssociated with: stability, reassurance, warmth, and is thought to aid digestion

Best for:
living and dining rooms

Pitfalls:
might keep the occupant awake when used in a bedroom. It can make a room look smaller because it's an advancing colour, so make sure the room gets plenty of light.

photography by KATE ROBINSON FOR MY DOMAINE

 

 

Y E L L O W 

 

Associated with: sunshine and energy stimulates the intellect

Best for:
kitchens, dining rooms or north-facing rooms

Pitfalls:
not very restful for a bedroom. Yellow is thought to enhance feelings of emotional distress

 photography by JOHN FRYZ For Atelier Lane. Interiors by ELLIE BRADLEY

B R O W N  

Brown living room | Psychology of colour | Atelier Lane blogAssociated with: security, stability and very practical

Best for: living rooms

Pitfalls: introduce a livelier colour for mental stimulation such as green or blue

 

 

 

photography by HELENA BLOMQVIST VIA LANTLIV

  

 

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 Interior Design by ELLIE BRADLEY for Atelier Lane 

Associated with: represents power and elegance. It's the colour of authority. Black evokes a timeless + bold appeal.

Best for: using in living rooms and kitchens

Pitfalls: it can be depressing, however, used correctly it can be a statement. 

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