White decor colour theory
White symbolises light, purity, innocence, cleanliness and (often overlooked) superiority. These qualities make white the colour for anyone looking to create luxurious or refreshing decor. White can be used in conjunction with almost any colour and perhaps the biggest consideration should be the colour it is used with rather than the choice to use white itself. For example, used with pale pink, white will symbolise cleanliness and innocence rather than superiority and purity. Used with gold, silver or black it is more likely to create feelings of eliteness and superiority.
Blue decor colour theory
Blue is almost perfect when it comes to decor. The many positive benefits it holds makes it suitable for any room in the home and even for work or business use. Associated with calmness and a symbol of trust, faith and intelligence blue decor can fill a space with many desired emotions.
Use in rooms shared by the family to create a calming space that enforces feelings of loyalty and trust. Use in study or work spaces to signify intelligence and stability.
Mural in picture: The Alpilles1890, Vincent Van Gogh
Light blue - tranquility
Dark blue - power, stability
Green decor colour theory
Although different in appearance, green is quite similar to blue. The many positive benefits it can add to a space make it a colour to consider when decorating family rooms. Green symbolises growth, relaxation (green room anyone?) and harmony. It will instantly add light to any room and it is versatile enough to work with earthy, neutral and bright colours; allowing it to be styled as desired.
Mural in picture: Asian Garden and Pond
Black decor colour theory
As, just like white, black will match well with many colours how black is used will determine which persona black is likely to take in the home. Black is quite diverse and can symbolise many different qualities. It can be associated with power, elegance and mystery as well as fear and negativity. It can add the appearance of depth to a room and also create feelings of prestige. Combined with white, silver, gold or rich shades of purples, greens, oranges and pinks, black will take on the more positive qualities mentioned such as prestige, sophistication and elegance. Used in round and curly patterns, black will also feel more approachable than when used in angular patterns which will create more ‘stylish’ connotations.
Mural in picture: Angles 3
Mural in picture: Antwerp Stairs
Yellow decor colour theory
Yellow, merely picturing the colour evokes feelings of happiness. Partly due to its association with the sun, yellow will create feelings of warmth, cheerfulness and happiness to any space. You’ll often see yellow used in playrooms or classrooms as it also stimulates mental activity. It is also a great choice for kitchens, as it is mentally associated with food.
Yellow does not match well with white, and it best used with darker colours or wood.
Mural in picture: Camo Yellow
Red decor colour theory
Red is arguably the most powerful colour featured on this list. It is associated with passion, romance, strength, courage and desire. It is an emotive colour that actually increases heart rate. Used alone it is more suitable for adult spaces however used with bright, primary colours like yellow it will also work well in family rooms.
Mural in picture: Out of Love