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How to choose color for the interior

colors in design

Symbolism of color has a long history. People from immemorial times attached special importance to the “language of colors“. Ancient myths, national legends, fairy tales, various religious and mystical teachings, as well as astrology are closely associated with color. For example, rays of the Sun, spread out into a spectrum and giving 7 colors, matched 7 major planets: red – the color of Mars, blue – Venus, yellow – Mercury, green – Saturn, purple – Jupiter, orange – color of the Sun, violet – color of the Moon. At the same time, the color symbolized not only the planets and their effect, but also the social situation of people, their different psychological states.

To this day, the color is always taken into account in arts, aesthetics, stylistics, floral design, hygiene of manufacture, psycho-diagnostics, landscape design, as well as in interior design. When we create original design of the house, it is necessary to take into account that your favorite color may not be suitable for life. Choosing one or another color scheme for the room, where you will live, it’s extremely important to know the influence of this color on the person, what emotions it provokes, how it regulates the general atmosphere. A correctly selected color gamma can make interior attractive, cause positive or negative emotions, facilitate the work and even increase productivity. This is not a philosophical conversation, this is a serious matter. Did you know that blue color is beneficial for the brain activity, helps to study and awakens the desire to work? These and other useful facts about the major colors below…


This color is considered to be the main stimulating color. It is not recommended to use the red color in the interior in large quantities. This can lead to fatigability of excitable and highly sensitive people, prone to anxiety. It is also not desired to choose this color for the room of a person with high blood pressure.

But you can get a completely contrary result if use the red palette very carefully and cautiously (especially in combination with blue). Red is associated with success, energy, power, love, passion and sexuality. It effectively combats depression and bad mood, stimulates brain activity, increases appetite (ie, suitable for kitchen, hallway, staircase area, gym or office). The combination of with violet, the predominant red color may be irritating to the mind, thereby reducing the success of any work. Black color, even in small quantities, in combination with red, represents anger and inhibits psyche.


This is a life-asserting and invigorating color, with no cold shades. This color incorporates the advantages of red and yellow. Even in large quantities, it does not cause any irritation or negative emotions. In the interior it creates the impression of friendliness and a comfortable ambience, fills the room with light, warmth and optimism.

The color of tangerines is perfect for those who wish to increase the feeling of vitality and joie de vivre in the interior. It is useful when you need increased activity and amiability (ie, suitable for office, kitchen, dining room, library). Most often, pure orange color is used as a bright accent in the form of accessories – pillows, lamps.

It is important to remember – the orange color visually narrows space in the room.


This intensive bright color is the color of happiness, sunshine, freedom, fun, and therefore creates optimistic and invigorating mood. Yellow encourages for new ideas and correct decisions. It is well combined with all the warm shades that always bring a positive charge and emotions.

The yellow color is advised to use in areas where you need temporary concentration and self-organization – in cabinet, office, living room or kitchen. In addition, this color increases cognitive interest with memory improvement. Thus, you can choose it for the interior of a child’s room (but in small quantities, otherwise kids may be too cheerful and lively, especially before sleep).

However, there are some negative aspects – yellow is not recommended for use in rooms of people with insomnia or stomach diseases.

In contrast to the orange color, the yellow one expands space.


This color is associated with confidence, tradition and conservatism. This choice will bring nobleness to your room. Also, this color symbolizing the Earth, is considered to be the color of reliability, endurance, loyalty, common sense and diligence. But the overabundance of the dark brown shade in the design can cause boredom, anxiety, depression, frustration. Light, warm and neutral shades of brown can be used in any proportions.

It is worth noting that the color of wood is pertinent in any room: living room, bedroom, nursery, bathroom, coffee shop, office, kitchen, hallway, etc. Choose shades of cream, red and brown, yellowish brown, dark chocolate, brown-ocher, the color of coffee with milk – all of them will look attractive with the right combination.


It is fresh and relaxing color. It embodies tranquility, serenity, calmness, ease and depth. It can liberate man from fussy thoughts and unnecessary negative anxiety, plunging him into the element of peace and coolness.

Light blue shade has an ability to square off and to inspire for creative ideas at the same time. It is suitable for practicing meditation, relaxation, contemplation, helps with insomnia. Saturated blue color in large quantities can plunge into apathy and discouragement. The light blue color is considered to be curative in the case of such diseases as fever, cuts, high blood pressure, burns, migraines, the child’s teething.

The blue color is used both in workspaces and bedrooms, as well as in medical centers and resorts. But do not overdo it – an overabundance of this color in the room may cause disagreements and scandals. Different shades of blue can be used in the children’s room, for example, in maritime or Mediterranean style.

This color is good for small rooms – it has an ability to visually increase the space in depth and height.


It is a mystical and magnificent color that symbolizes the lofty aspiration, fortitude, wisdom, artistry, power, nobleness and inspiration. The violet color can learn to accept complex problems with a calm heart. It can also soothe the soul and nourish it with necessary energy.

The violet color is valued as an assistant with nervousness, despair and loss of faith. This color is not recommended to use in rooms of people with alcohol dependence and mental illness.

The violet color is not natural, and you shouldn’t use it in large quantities in your interior. It is never used as a dominant. If you like this color, you can add accents of the violet shades that create an extravagant atmosphere. When combined with yellow and orange colors, the violet shade enhances self-esteem.

Be careful – this color visually narrows space.


This color indicates reverie, strong feelings, love, romance, tenderness, attractiveness. The pink color inspires optimism; it can neutralize the aggressiveness and lead to relaxation, gets rid of negative thoughts and creates a sense of comfort.

The pink color is commonly used in girls’ bedrooms, but you can also apply it in the living room or kitchen. Attention should be given to the sense of measure in the use of the pink color in the interior. The oversupply can lead to mawkishness and rosewater.

The best solution is a combination with another color 50/50. Such colors are suitable: white, beige, cream, grey. Do not be afraid to use bright accents.


It is a versatile color. It symbolizes life, nature, spring, harmony and kindness. Shades of green have different energy. Lighter shades are designed for those who are in search of joy, new beginnings, constant renewal of life, meetings and travel. Conservative person will like a serious and persistent dark green color.

Green color helps in the case of negative mental states and such diseases as claustrophobia, flu, bronchitis, diseases of lungs and heart. It brings people together, fills with harmony and promotes the adoption of important decisions.

Thus, we can say that this color has a predisposition both to relax and to motivate to action; so this gamut can be used in cabinet, office, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, child’s room, restaurants.


This color combines all the colors of the spectrum and in general is considered to be positive. It symbolizes peace, spirituality, tranquility, purity, purity, concentration, virginity. The white color has an ability to charge people with energy. If you do not know what color is suitable for you, please refer to the white color – it will never be a mistake.

In the case of surplus of this color you will see its reverse side – aloofness, emptiness, loneliness. Learn to combine colors properly in order to avoid possible negative effects. Any bright color will look more intense on the white wall. This color is a great backdrop for all contrasting colors, increasing their brightness. It perfectly coexists with dark shades.

If the pure white color hurts your eyes, you can use its muted shades, for example, the color of eggshell, lavender, lilies milk or cream color.


Black interior is a stylish, non-standard and very bold decision. The black color serves as an excellent background, which is especially good to highlight contrasts and adjacent colors – on the black background they look expressive and elegant. Do not be afraid to experiment and apply black. In properly selected cases, it looks noble and respectable.

You can use it to paint walls, ceiling or floor, but of course only in high and spacious rooms. However this color also loves measure – in large quantities it suppresses and even causes a feeling of depression.

Psychologists don’t recommend the combination of white and black colors – even small amounts it can be annoying and may instill a sense of discomfort.


On the one hand, the grey color means realism and common sense, on the other hand – despondency, boredom, sadness, depression, oppression. In short, this is a union of opposites: white and black.

It has many beautiful shades that look great in the interior design. For example, pearl grey, silver, ashen, metallic, plumbeous etc. With the right combination, gray looks attractive and stylish.

It has an ability to soften the bright hues. This color is often used in modern interiors of living room, kitchen, bedroom, nursery, office.

Remember that any color in the decoration and design of your house has a power to influence the psyche only being used as predominant. You may afford to use details and acquire accessories of any color, if they please you and are in harmony with the rest of the interior.

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