Using Colour Psychology to Design Your Home


Designing a space relies on so many elements to make it look AND feel right. First impressions are everything, and at Mezzo Design, we know how to make it count. Choosing the right style of furnishings and accessories for your home is crucial in enabling you to express your character and style.   

Another crucial aspect of designing your home is choosing the right colours that match your aesthetic and convey the right emotions for you and your guests. You can use the psychology of colours and the emotions they evoke to express your space more creatively and with a lot more character.   

Colour psychology is widely used by brands, worldwide conglomerates, and companies to brand and market themselves in ways that create a specific emotion in their audience's mind. It is also a very powerful tool in designing and decorating your home as it can impact the way you feel about a certain room and your overall mood.   

Each colour has a vibe that it conveys and a connotation that it is associated with. The best way to approach choosing a colour for your space is to establish the type of atmosphere you are trying to create in the room. Based on that objective, it becomes easier to narrow down the colour selection to the hues or shades that can give you the best results.   

A tip that we like to share with our clients is that while you can colour the entire wall sometimes what works best with your space is a simple design. Also, another way to add a pop of colour to your room or house without adding wallpaper or painting your walls is to choose colourful furnishings and accessories to improve your space.   

To understand how you can use colour to enhance your room, you should explore how they make people feel, think, and act. Here is everything you need to know about colours and how to use them in your house:  


The strongest colour in the spectrum as it expresses a wide range of emotions, some are powerful while others are soft. Darker shades of blue resemble confidence and are often associated with loyalty and success. Lighter shades of blue are often perceived as calm and peaceful. It is recommended to consider using shades of blue in bedrooms and bathrooms.   


The colour is often discarded as a feminine colour and mostly used for young girls’ bedrooms. However, pink is a very elegant shade which resembles nurture and love. When paired and used creatively it can make a room feel comfortable and stress-free. For a perfectly executed retro feel; pink is best paired with darker shades of purple, and for a more glamourous look; darker shades of pink with black or blues work best.   


Yellow is commonly associated with joy, positivity and energy. No matter what shade it is, people usually get a surge of energy and feel the vibrance of the colour. This is another colour widely used for children rooms and nurseries but can easily work for grown-up rooms and any other room. The brighter shades of yellow may be trickier to have for the walls but when used as accessories and small furniture pieces it works effortlessly. Dark and golden shades of yellow can make a room feel lighter and more spaced out. The perfect rooms for this colour are the dining rooms, bathrooms, and kitchen.   


Red is a perfect colour to entice emotions and express passion and energy. This colour is one of the dramatic shades of the spectrum, it is associated with ambition, action, and power. Red is commonly used in creative spaces and home offices. The solid neutral red colour resembles support and stability which is often perfect for kitchens or dining rooms to create a tasteful environment for family gatherings. Red is also a good colour to stimulate conversation and create strong impressions, which is why it’s often recommended for living rooms and entrance halls.   


This is a very positive colour that is associated with balance, growth, and progression. It immediately transports you to a natural setting and it’s a great reminder of the outdoors, which in turn gives people a refreshing feeling. Green shades are almost suitable for any room in your house when it is paired with the right furniture and accessories. It is often used in home offices or kitchens as it stimulates thoughts and helps in opening your mind to possibilities.   


In colour psychology, Purple gives a feeling of fantasy, creativity, and charm. Lighter shades of purple are great for the feminine parts of your house and the darker shades work for the masculine parts of the house. Any shade of purple would make for a great first impression with guests as it embodies a daring and confident character. Interior designers often recommend using it in dressing rooms or hallways.   

Primary, secondary, tertiary, or shades of grey, whatever you choose, if you creatively add it to your space and know how to accessorize it, your house will be a perfect expressive canvas to your character and style. Explore more specific options for your home with our team to know exactly which colour will suit your rooms.