From Red to Blue: The Effects of Various Colour Palettes on a Home


The use of colours in homes have a deep purpose. Apart from making your space beautiful, they need to impart a certain mood, philosophy and style. And while there is no best formula, we discuss the impact different colours can have on your space

By: Vinny Vandal, Director, Vanbros

Posted on: February 24, 2022

Colours play a vital role in nonverbal communication, influence most moods, and are known to impact how people make their decisions. There is proof that more than 70% of brusque resolutions are controlled by the cerebral effects of colour. Colours have different interpretations for different people which consequently elicit different responses. Some colours can lift your spirits, some can prompt you into action, and some can evoke creativity. Colours, like the perception of beauty, are subject to discernment; however, some colours have a ubiquitous meaning. 

Red walls

For example, hues in the red area of the spectrum that are yellow-based, such as scarlet red and red-orange, are known as warm colours. These warm colours manifest emotions varying from feelings of comfort and warmth to hostility and anger. Reds that have a connotation of blue exteriorize as cool colours such as burgundy, ruby, raspberry, and deep cherry. These colours are often described as tranquil, conjuring somberness and dignity.

Nothing is as intimate as colour. When it comes to adorning a house, choosing a colour palette is both the most exigent part and yet the most ponderous part for many. It is no easy feat to create the colour palette that best suits your idiosyncrasy, persona and regime. 

Take a cue from nature's colour arrangement. The exterior ambient is usually darker below our feet (the earth itself), medium-valued as you look straight ahead (trees) and lighter skyward. Using darker shades of colours for the floor, medium colours for the walls and soft colours for the ceiling can offer a unique aesthetic appeal. Any interior space that replicates the cosmos is bound to work well.

Using the well-founded "rule of 60-30-10" is another erudite tool while decorating your home. It involves dividing the colours into 3 parts.

green palette home decor

Using the well-founded "rule of 60-30-10" is another erudite tool while decorating your home. It involves dividing the colours into 3 parts. The first 60 per cent of a dominant hue is used onto the walls, 30 per cent of a secondary colour used on upholstery and 10 per cent of an accent colour used in accessorising. This ratio postulates that the colours are appropriately used with the best possible result.

Next comes the rule of three, wherein you limit your palette to only three colours. You begin with choosing a colour for the formal areas of the house, which usually comprise the living room, dining room and entryway. Select a colour scheme for those spaces first, then pick one colour from it. Take a red sofa, for example, and tone it down to burgundy for a more upscale look in the den, office, or bedroom.

Predominantly, analogous colour schemes are those wherein colours used are the ones that appear next to each other on the wheel, in tandem. A yellow can be used with green or orange, or blue can be used with green or purple. This method creates a tranquil palette and works best in informal or private spaces.

The monochromatic colour scheme uses black or white to lighten or darken the same colour's tints.

Blue home decor

The monochromatic colour scheme uses black or white to lighten or darken the same colour's tints. A blue can become a pale sky blue or a dark midnight blue, and in this effect, all three shades of the same spectrum are utilised.

The most profound is the Contrast technique, where a triumvirate of contrasting colours is used like yellow-orange, green-blue and red-purple. This creates a verve infused visual treat of colours for your home.

Many designers propagate using a dash of black in every room in the form of a black sculpture, a lampshade, or even a black vase. They believe that the use of black creates a balance. One can use black on larger surfaces like base cabinets for a more pageantry effect.

Spot of black in home decor

They believe that the use of black creates a balance. One can use black on larger surfaces like base cabinets for a more pageantry effect.

Using the most dapper neutral grey, will work well for any setting. The malleability of this colour makes it appear warm or cool, and it vibes beautifully with either pastels or bright hues like hot pink or Kelly green. This model of colour play can often be witnessed in youth cafes and daytime hangouts or even kid play rooms.

The essence of choosing a colour scheme for your space is all about upholding and enunciating your own personal unique style. Every dwelling is an assertion of who stays inside. The colours, the tones, the elucidation is all but an extension of the inhabitants. There is a surfeit of literature on selecting your colours, but none of them work as well as your core instinct. What ultimately works best is your inner compass.

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