Interior Color Ideas

Colors can have an intense effect on our mood. Some colors, like red and yellow, are proven to stimulate creativity, hunger and excitement. Colors are also associated with chemical reactions in the human body. Because of this, it is very important to choose the right colors for home interiors.

Colors can have different meanings in different societies like Red can mean excitement and energy in western and the same color is meant as purity, love or beauty in India.

How to choose Best Colors for your Home:

Take a look at the main hues of the color wheel. They consist of

White
Black
Blue
Purple
Green
Yellow
Orange
Red

Now lets understand the color psychology or perception people have or what they mean in India or South Asia

White: Peace, Purity
Black: Power, Anger or used to ward of evil
Blue: Peace and Calm
Purple: Royalty, Wealth, Fame
Green: New beginnings or Harvest
Yellow: Happiness, Joy and Sacred
Orange: Excitement, Warmth, Happiness
Red: Wealth, Power, Creativity, Energy

Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • What kind of mood do I want to create in this space?
  • What is the room primarily going to be used for and who will use it?
  • What color is the room painted now and how does it make you feel?

Based on your answers to the above questions, decide which color combinations is going to work best for you. Here are some ideas on selecting the right color pallets

Living Room: The Living Room gives the first impression for the whole house design. It plays an important role as a creator of moods and impressions in the house, It is also the most popular place in a house where the family come together, relax and spend time with lot of activity. This space can have colors of Orange and Yellow, orange brings sense of excitement, joy, warmth and encourages social interactions. Yellow is always a feel good color and promotes qualities such as happiness and positivity.

Bedroom: Painting the room red may stimulate your romance. Avoid yellow in bedrooms, studies prove that yellow rooms make people easy to anger. Having white makes the room feel larger, it doesn't mean that you have paint all four walls in white. Go with the basic rule, have ceilings white and walls with another color will create a sense of height in the room.

Kitchen & Dining: A lot of space in the kitchen is taken up by cabinets and appliances leaving very less space for colors- so make the color count. Get confident and pick colors in bold shades. Dining, the general rule of thumb is to go for neutral shades which makes the room look bigger.

Kids Rooms: Just say no to boring whites or neutrals. These bedrooms are terrific places to play around with paint colors. Kids love to have bright and bold colored rooms. At the same time, going too bold can be a big mistake, it's good to go with a mix of dark and neutrals where they can feel lively. Unlike other rooms, kids rooms will have to change colors with their age. Involve kids in choosing colors, they may not know, but, they feel good to be part of it and their personalities come through to help you pick colors and create the space that they live in.