Colour therapy and its effect on people is a hotly debated topic among holistic healers and scientists with no proof of either being correct. Supporters of colour psychology believe that colours are able to influence our mental state, our mood, and even our energy levels. And, that their appearance throughout your home can have a direct effect on the emotional well-being of its occupants.
With this in mind, it is worth considering what colours are suitable for the walls in your home and what colours your rooms should be for the most emotionally pleasing results. To decipher this enigma of what colour you should paint your feature walls, we asked wall art and murals experts Wall Vision to help. Using their extensive knowledge of art theory and years of experience with removable wallpaper designs, they came up with a great summary on what colours to pick.
Colour can communicate a look and feel by triggering physiological responses, evoking shared memory and harnessing cultural associations. It can also create impact by making our walls visually interesting, and reinforce organisation of elements within design. Colour can also be harmful to both the form and function of a space if its effect is not considered beforehand.
Isaac Newton established that we have a physiological response to colour. He split white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan & blue beams, then joined the two ends of the scale together. He also invented the first colour wheel in approximately 1672. Johanne Wolfgang Goethe questioned Newton’s colour theories in 1810. Goethe recognized that the ambiances of colour reaching our brain were also shaped by our awareness, by the mechanics of human vision, and the way our brains decipher material. Therefore, it is possible to suggest that although individual perception plays a factor, you can definitely draw a similar emotional response across all people from certain colours.
So coming back to your home. What kind of emotional response so you wish to create in a certain part of your home? The living room benefits from warm tones like reds, oranges and yellows and combinations of earthy tones like dark brown and tan. These colours foster conversation and make people feel warm, if you were to install a wall mural, perhaps a bright sunrise or sunset may be a good idea.
In the bedroom you want to be able to relax and drift off into dreamland peacefully. To do this you are looking for calm colours like blue, green, and a combination of pastel tones. The more intense and deep the colour the greater the effect, so perhaps a mural of the ocean or a field of lavender may be a relaxing choice.
Your dining room may benefit from some deep reds, maroons, and other red hues. Red is described as a stimulant, and can even have an effect on your hunger. Your dinner guests may even think that you’re a better chef! If plain colours aren’t your thing, maybe a mural of roses may work to brighten the walls.
Whatever colours you choose, the effect on the aesthetic of the walls is greatly important. But for more positively charged emotions throughout your home, try and incorporate a few of these suggestions.