People have an innate receptiveness to colour and it can have subtle or profound effects on their moods. Colour psychology is a way of understanding how the colours that make up home decor choices like floor or wall tiles can influence emotion. By understanding the way different types of colour schemes can make you feel, you can make better decisions about your home interior that will ultimately result in a space that makes you feel restful and happy.
What Does Red Mean?
Red is an energetic colour known for intensity and the ability to stir up excitement. In social spaces like a dining room or living room, red helps stimulate conversation. Red is also a type of "warm" colour and in the winter, it will make a space feel warmer to those on the inside and more inviting to those on the outside. Red walls or red-tiled countertops are also known to make people have larger appetites, so it can have extra value in the kitchen. You may have noticed that most restaurants have some form of red in their dining room decor. Since it can raise blood pressure, red is not always a good idea in places like a bedroom, although there are exceptions. If seen by lamplight in a dark room, red appears muted and elegantly rich instead.
How Yellow Can Affect Your Mood?
Yellow tile can evoke a sense of sunshine, happiness, and openness. It's useful in kitchens or dining rooms where it can be energizing, or in small spaces or entryways where it can feel more welcoming and inviting. It is also optimistic and when used in a doorway, it can provide a parting bit of cheer as you leave the house. Yellow is also a type of warm colour, so it can help you feel cozy during the cold months. One thing to keep in mind when using yellow is that, although cheery, it shouldn't be the main focus in a colour scheme. In large amounts, yellow is known to make frustration more common and babies cry more.
The Significance of Blue
Blue is a cooler colour known to bring down blood pressure and help instill a sense of calm or serenity. This is why blue tile, blue wall colours, or blue flooring are often seen in bathrooms or bedrooms. Social areas that want to encourage relaxation tend to include warmer shades of blue like periwinkle or brighter shades such as turquoise. The main thing to keep in mind with blue is that softer shades are best—dark blue tends to evoke sadness if it becomes the main colour.
Why You Should Go for Green?
As a combination of yellow and blue, it's no surprise that green tile provides shared benefits. Green is suitable for almost any room and provides a sense of cheerful restfulness that is pleasing to the eye. Its use is most noticeable when in family or living rooms, since it encourages unwinding but still has enough warmth to promote a sense of group comfort. Green can also help promote concentration, so it's common to see elements of it in places like offices or study rooms. If you do a lot of work at the kitchen counter, consider tiling it in green for an extra focus boost. Green is also associated with fertility, so it's a popular choice for bedrooms.
Associations of Orange
Orange is known to encourage enthusiasm and excitement. Unlike red, orange is not as suitable for a bedroom or living room since it can't be subdued as easily. On the other hand, orange is quite handy for exercise rooms since it helps draw out and release emotional energy. Orange is also associated with improved breathing and lung function, so anyone with asthma or breathing difficulty can find comfort by adding elements of orange to their commonly used spaces.
The Psychology of Purple
Purple’s lighter shades, such as lavender or lilac, have a similar restful quality to blue. However, unlike blue, purple is not as cool a colour, so you can use it to feel restful without the chilly implications. In darker shades like eggplant, purple takes on dramatic and sophisticated tones that help people feel creative or make a room appear luxurious. Purple works well as an accent or secondary colour and can be incorporated into many floor tile or backsplash tile designs.
Using All-Neutral Colour Schemes (Black, White, Grey, and Brown)
White is popular in bathrooms because it makes cleaning easier due to visibility and has traditional associations with cleanliness and purity. Brown adds a natural, earthy vibe and can amplify the effects of any wood-look tiles you may be using in a room. Generally speaking, the neutral scheme is extremely flexible and these four colours can be mixed and matched together in different balances, creating grounded, balanced auras.
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933. Our extensive collection of different wall and floor tiles affords customers the ability to find quality tile in countless shapes, hues, colours, and textures. The design options and colour schemes are only limited by your imagination. To learn more about porcelain tile or to ask about other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.