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May 2024
May 2024

The Science of a Good home: Colour

Colour is more than just a visual element in our homes; it is a powerful force that shapes our mood, emotions, and overall well-being.

From the warm hues of a cosy living room to the cool tones of a tranquil bedroom, the colours we choose can significantly influence our daily lives. Understanding the science behind colour can help us create spaces that enhance our performance, productivity, and happiness.

According to a study published in the Journal of Ergonomics, the impact of colour on mood and performance is profound. The study found that individuals working in rooms painted in warm colours like red and blue experienced different interactions between mood and performance.

Specifically, red environments tend to increase arousal, leading to higher blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate, while blue rooms are associated with lower blood pressure and heart rates, promoting a sense of calm.

The saturation of these colours also plays a critical role, particularly in how individuals respond emotionally. High saturation levels can intensify the emotional response, making understanding these dynamics essential when designing living spaces.

The Psychological Impact of Colours

Warm Colours:

  • Red: Known to increase energy levels, red can elevate blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate. It’s an excellent choice for spaces where activity and enthusiasm are desired, such as a home gym or an entertainment room.
  • Orange: This vibrant colour evokes enthusiasm and excitement, making it perfect for creative spaces like a kitchen or a playroom.
  • Yellow: Often associated with cheerfulness and light, yellow can brighten up any space, fostering a sense of happiness and positivity.
  • Pink: Linked to creativity and love, pink is a soothing colour that can add warmth and comfort to bedrooms and nurseries.

Cool Colours:

  • Green: Known for its calming and stress-relieving properties, green is ideal for bedrooms and living rooms where relaxation is a priority.
  • Blue: This colour can lower blood pressure and heart rate, making it perfect for spaces designed for tranquillity, such as bathrooms and bedrooms.
  • Purple: Associated with relaxation and luxury, purple can create a serene atmosphere in any room.
  • White: White is often used to create a sense of spaciousness and calmness, making it a versatile choice for any area of the home.

The choice of colours can have a significant impact on individuals with autism and other neurological conditions. According to research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, individuals with autism may experience heightened sensitivity to bright and highly saturated colours, which can be overwhelming and lead to sensory overload.

Soft, muted tones such as light blues, greens, and pastels are generally more calming and can help create a soothing environment. Furthermore, predictable and consistent colour schemes can reduce anxiety and promote a sense of stability and safety for those with neurological conditions.

Achieving a harmonious balance between warm and cool colours is key to creating a home that feels welcoming and comfortable. Here are a few tips:

  • Mix and Match: Combine warm and cool colours to create visual interest and balance. For example, a blue wall can be complemented with orange accents.
  • Consider the Function: Choose colours based on the function of each room. Use energising colours in active spaces and calming colours in areas meant for relaxation.
  • Use Natural Light: Maximise the use of windows and reflective surfaces to distribute natural light throughout your home, enhancing the impact of your colour choices.

The use of colour in your home is a powerful tool that can significantly impact your mood, health, and overall quality of life. By understanding the science behind colour and incorporating both warm and cool hues thoughtfully, you can create a living environment that supports your emotional and psychological well-being. Whether you're aiming to boost your energy or create a tranquil retreat, the right colours can transform your home into a sanctuary that reflects your personality and meets your needs.

Interested in learning more about good design? Check out Episode 2 of our Good Story series, where we discuss the practical makings of a Good Home.


Journal of Ergonomics

MyMove: Room Colour and How It Affects Your Mood

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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