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What Does Each Colour Mean? The Miracle of Colour in Interior Design

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I remember reading somewhere that colour is the visual international language understood by all, so if we’re looking to communicate a feeling or vibe through interior design, choosing the right colours is the best place to start! But first, we need to learn a little more about how each colour is and what feelings they can help us portray. Although in Salam Sakhteman, we focus more on cabinets and kitchen cabinet styles and colours, these rules can apply to any room.

The power of colour

Colour is a very powerful tool as each shade has its own set of characteristics and traits just like a living creature. It’s important to understand the great influence of colour on our mood, for example imagine yourself in a room that’s completely red or yellow, imagine a kitchen that has green cabinets and green floors. Now imagine a person with yellow hair, or maybe blue or black. Even picturing these colours in our minds makes us feel something.

Why are we so cautious when it comes to colour?

Usually, we spend a lot of time and care to pick the colour of our walls, cupboards, cabinets,… Why is that? Even though we’re picking between colours every day, from our clothes and shoes to food or makeup, when it comes to home decor we choose with such effort and attention.

The reason is our living space is a long-term commitment and a lot of the time we don’t really understand colours so we go for the safer choices like white or cream. But the truth is if we get to know different colours and combinations better, we’ll probably learn which choices suit us best and maybe even go for the riskier styles to give our homes that extra something.

Colour and the feelings behind it

Which colour goes best with our space? Which combinations of colour coordinate better? What feelings do these colours portray? These are all important questions because whatever colours we choose will be living with us for a long time!

But the answer is quite simple. Each colour can either be a right or wrong choice! It all boils down to what feelings and vibes you want and what colour combinations better suit the room. So, all you need to do is know what you want, and pick it!

Yellow

It’s bright, fun and playful. It can help with brain power and it radiates happiness.

Yellow is a great choice for the kitchen, a workspace, your living room and even corridors but for bedrooms, it’s better in smaller portions. The brightness and energy can be a pain when it comes to sleep.

Orange

Attractive, warm and social, orange triggers happy, cheerful feelings and is known for its delightful and rather homey shade.

It’s mostly used in corridors, around doors and the entry, living room and dining room spaces and kitchen cabinets. Maybe even in bedrooms if used little and tastefully.

It’s important to know that the use of these colours are very subjective. For example, someone may need a brighter and more cheerful colour for their bedroom because they use it for studying as well but someone else may want something slightly more cheerful.

Red

Excitement, energy and love! Red is perfect if you’re a risk taker and want your room to stand out and make a statement. Not so good for a peaceful and quiet area.

Red is best when used in corridors, game rooms, and for wall decorations. It’s usually not a great choice for bedrooms as danger and sleep don’t go so well together!

Pink

Pink brings out maternal feelings, calm thoughts and kindness. It’s known to be a more peaceful choice and really has a tenderness to it. It can make us feel safe and at home so it’s a suitable choice for a baby room, bedroom, bathroom and toilets. It doesn’t really spark an appetite so it usually isn’t used for the dining area.

Purple

Purple is known for its unique colour! It can indicate different feelings when used in different shades. For example, both cold and warm sensations, love, tenderness (light purples), assurance (purples closer to blue, indigos).

It’s a favourable choice for bathrooms, toilets, dining rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Purple is a colour rarely seen in nature so when used well it can make your room feel one of a kind.

Blue

Peaceful, harmonious, serenity! Blue is the most seen colour in nature, it portrays innocence and is a cold colour. It’s one of the most calming colours and helps with stress.

It’s a fitting colour for your bookshelves or library, bedrooms, resting space and toilets. It’s usually not used for working spaces or game rooms. Blue, like many colours, has different effects when used in different shades, the points mentioned are mostly for light shades of the colour.

Green

Assurance, nature, youth and growth, green is a very healing colour. It can bring the feeling of self-confidence and health. This is why it’s used by nature-loving people, healthy food wrappings and operating theatres.

Green is a colour which can be used everywhere, although in different amounts and shades. The use of green in big chunks isn’t so great if you want excitement and playfulness to be the feeling portrayed in the space.

Brown

The colour of wood, warmth, friendship and earthy feelings. Brown is a flattering colour when it comes with wood designs and it really brings joy and livelihood to the space.

It’s great for bedrooms, cupboards, kitchen cabinets, workrooms and living rooms.

White

Fresh, beautiful, clean colour, white brings the feeling of peace and assurance. White goes with every colour and can be very stylish but it has turned into a safe choice for people who don’t know what colours to choose. Although when it’s used tastefully it can be unique in its own way.

White is the right choice for a lot of places; bedrooms, cupboards, ceilings, kitchen cabinets, toilets and many others. White is the most popular choice for ceilings as it reflects light more than other colours and can brighten up the room.

Black

Prestigious and classy or depressing and dull, black is definitely rare and unique! For a lot of people, it can represent wealth but we have to be very careful when decorating with black because it can become extremely depressing when used untastefully.

It’s better when used for surfaces life cabinets or walls but needs to be used with caution.

Grey

Neutral, simple, chic! Grey is a peaceful choice even though it can become dull quite easily. It brings out other colours really well and looks especially great with brighter shades. Different shades of grey can portray very different feelings.

It looks it’s best in bedrooms, for cabinets, and used beside other colours. Although greys that lean towards silver and have a shine to them can look incredibly stylish on their own and are often used for larger surfaces.