The Psychology of Colour in the Home

We are often asked for help when our customers can’t decide on a colour scheme for their home, especially for a permanent covering like wall tiles. There are some elements when choosing a colour scheme that has been proven to provoke certain moods.  For example, red has traditionally been associated with danger.

Interesting right?  Read on for our guide to the Psychology of colour for the home.

How does the colour of a room affect human behaviour?

You would think the colour of a room is purely aesthetic but many professionals believe that the psychology of colour and certain colours can effect your wellbeing.

Although there are no proven facts, tests have shown that warm tones like yellows and oranges stimulate conversation!

What room colours affect your mood?

It is often said that warmer shades of the colour pallet like reds and oranges can increase blood flow and heart rate.

This would explain why red is linked to anger and activity. Whereas the cooler colours like blues and greens have the opposite effect.  These can promote calm and tranquillity.

What tile colours to use in a bathroom?

Traditional colours of tiles and paint in a bathroom are white and blue. These are often linked with cleanliness and calm.  White tiles will never date and co-ordinate with many vanity unit colours. We would always suggest looking at white tiles first, but there is a whole range of different tiles to choose from.

With current technology, there are also many white feature tiles that can really transform a flat white wall.

Check out some of our white feature ranges like wave wall tiles shown below.

The Psychology of colour in the home. White wave feature tile in bathroom setting

Beige and grey wall tiles are also popular tile colours for a bathroom.  We also suggest using a darker contrasting colour on the floor to tie in the two.

If you need to make a room look bigger, stick to light colours and larger size tiles. There are some tricks that you can use to give different illusions.  Read a full guide at BBC homes.

What tile colours to use in a kitchen?

Have you ever noticed that restaurants have a red or orange colour scheme? This is because these colours are proven to stimulate our appetites!

We wouldn’t suggest going this far but first, decide on your unit and worktop colour. Once you have these you can order samples to offer up to your units.

Popular on-trend kitchen tile colours include greens and neutral shades like pale grey and off white. These colours are unobtrusive and are good to be surrounded by for long periods. A good idea when slaving over a Sunday roast! It’s also increasingly popular to add a splash of colour with a tiled splashback statement piece.

Check out one of our new ranges called Ranch shown below. It comes in this calming green shade and has a bevelled edge giving a sleek look.

The Psychology of colour in the home. Range green wall tile in a kitchen.

In summary, we would always suggest trying to make a mood board for your room.  It’s easy to see if colours will work together if you have a piece of all the main items in eyesight.

Or if it is a feature of the room like a copper bath or your favourite armchair make sure all the other colour’s co-ordinate.


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