Paint colour psychology

Whether it’s making us more creative, more romantic, more relaxed or chattier, colour affects how we feel and act.


It has been researched far and wide that certain colours (or groups of colours) tend to get a similar reaction from most people. This is why it’s so important to choose colours wisely when it comes to painting. Generally speaking there are colours that best suit WORK, REST & PLAY.


Check out our handy psychology of colour tips below:

Red is probably the most intense colour and can increase adrenaline and heart rates like no other hue. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, and if you’re painting a nursery, choose carefully, as certain colours have a lot of red in them.

Yellow captures the essence of sunshine and happiness, making it a good choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms.


Blue is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and is said to bring down blood pressure and slow the heart rate. That’s why it’s often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms.


Green is a great all-rounder that is well suited for all rooms and works well with blues and yellows. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax.


Purple in its darkest form is quite dramatic and sophisticated, but is a very unique choice. Lighter versions of purple, such as lilac and violet, bring the same relaxation feeling to bedrooms as blue does, but doesn’t come across as chilly.


Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic colour. While not always a good idea for a living room or bedroom, this colour is great for a home office or study.


Neutral colour schemes (like light greys, taupes and whites) are generally found relaxing (and they can look extremely stylish), so if you need to play it safe, then this palette is for you.

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