Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The True Psychology of Colour (Part Two)

Previously, we began discussing the basics of colour psychology. You found out the true meaning of the three primary colours - red, yellow and blue. Now that you know how to apply them in your home, it is time to learn the facts behind accent colours and what are they suitable for.


Green is one of my favourite colours. It is associated with nature, health, tranquillity and money. Green is the perfect colour for your bedroom - the place where you most need to feel calm, healthy and sleep like a baby. According to a recent study, people who work in green painted rooms have fewer stomach aches. 

If we go back in history, we will discover that green has been a symbol for fertility and a preferred colour for wedding gowns in the 15th century. 

An interesting fact to keep in mind:
Even nowadays, the meaning of this colour hasn't changed a lot. Green M&M's are believed to send a sexual message... Don't ask me why, it's just a fact. 

2. Pink

Pink is most girls' favourite colour. Want to know why? Probably because pink is the colour of love, romance and exactly like green, it calms the human mind. What do I do when a friend of mine feels blue? I tell him to calm down and see the world trough rose-tinted glasses. So, if you are painting a baby girl's room - do not think twice about the colour. It might be commercial, but it's the right kind of commercial - clean and calming. 

Pink is feminine, warm and a preferred colour of the world's top retailers like Victoria's Secret. The company used it to target their audience in a quick and easy way. You think their marketing specialist had a wrong strategy ? Well, think again. Their clothing line called Pink had a whole nation hooked.

An interesting fact to keep in mind: Prison guards use a variation of pink, called "drunk tank pink" to initially calm inmates. 

3. Purple

Purple is the royal colour. Like pink, it is considered feminine, but with a twist to it. This colour is associated with wealth, success and wisdom. Purple or lavender is a great colour to paint your living room in.

An interesting fact to keep in mind: Almost all king's robes were purple and there is no doubt kings just have to be wise, successful and wealthy for the sake of their country.


Orange brings excitement, enthusiasm and warmth. Like the colour it derives from (red), orange isn't suitable for bedrooms, because you can lose your sleep. Kitchens can be painted in orange. 

An interesting fact to keep in mind: When needed, you can use orange to draw people's attention. When not in red, traffic signs are always done in orange.

Our last three colours - brown, white and black are more accompanying, than main colours. They are present in almost every home, without being the centre of attention.

5. Brown

If green is the colour of nature, brown is definitely the colour of Earth. Some people call it practical, other find it boring. There isn't a particular room in your house meant to be painted brown. This colour will be present in your home, as long as you have wooden furniture. 

6. Black

Black symbolises death, evil and mourning. But look it from the bright side - black slims down more than any other colour. We women know this very well and use it to our advantage. A little black dress is the must-have in a woman's wardrobe. 

An interesting fact to keep in mind: Contrary to our belief, ancient Egyptians believed that black is the symbol of life and rebirth.

7. White

The colour white is pure, innocent, empty and spacious. It is the best colour to use to create an illusion of space. So, if you have a tiny room in your home, painting it white will make it appear bigger. 

Regardless of their original meanings, the colours black, white, silver and gold have also became symbols for luxury. World renowned designers like Chanel, Prada, Michael Kors use them to enhance the feeling of sophistication.

I told you all I know about colours, their meaning and how to successfully apply them in our homes.