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Colour Psychology: How Your Walls can Help or Hinder Your Mood

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With more of us working remotely than ever before, we are regarding the design of our home environment with a higher level of scrutiny as we aim to create a comfortable space in which to live and work. Being inspired by our surroundings has been shown to improve our mood, and environmental psychologist Lee Chambers explains how something as simple as the colour of your walls can affect your outlook. 

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WHICH WALL COLOUR IS RIGHT FOR MY ROOM?

A popular choice, green, is described by Chambers as having a refreshing effect which aids in clearing your mind. It is an excellent choice for those aiming for personal growth, since it subconsciously reminds us of the natural world. When combined with white, grey creates a crisp and refreshing atmosphere known to increase productivity. Be warned, however: Chambers states that too dark a shade can dull your environment and foster “a more depressing mood”.

Blue is a highly versatile hue, which Chambers explains can be soothing and offer a feeling of security, yet similarly to grey, certain shades can conjure up coldness and sadness. The colour of hope in colour psychology is pink, stoking a feeling of empowerment. Chambers reveals that such can increase your energy and motivation, and would be a perfect colour to wake up to in your bedroom.

Red oozes a sense of passion and excitement, encouraging conversation and connection, and perfect for video calls. Once again, Chambers extends a warning that certain shades under lighting “can make people feel more aggressive and less compassionate”, such as crimson.

Yellow generates a warm, cheerful atmosphere great for brightening your mood and promoting imagination. Chambers notes that darker shades of yellow “have been known to make babies cry more often, and cause tension”.

The best colour for your office, in Chambers’ view, is purple, as it promotes a sense of balance and enhances creativity; purple walls could be of benefit in any room of the house. Finally, orange is the colour of energy, vibrant and full of personality. As with red, Chambers warns that orange can promote intense emotion. 

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WHAT FEATURE WALL DESIGN SHOULD I CHOOSE?

According to Chambers, another important aspect of any room is feature walls, which are a “focal point in a room [that] our eyes are naturally drawn to, instantly affecting our mood”.

Wood panelling is evocative of nature, which positively triggers and stimulates all our senses as our mind subconsciously drifts to the natural world, which is extremely important during periods in which we predominantly reside within the four walls of our own homes.

Wall murals have the ability to pull you into the scene pictured, and can trigger positive emotions related to the imagery. Chambers suggests making murals personal to you, especially when in your home office to promote calmness and motivation.

Metallic walls offer another way to integrate a natural element into your space, adding depth and sophistication to your environment. These feature walls can be grounding, especially bronzes and darker silvers, as these colours are linked to strength and fortitude.

Geometric patterns each promote different feelings. Squares equate to stability, circles evoke harmony, and triangles promote adaptability. Pattern density should be considered, however, as
dense patterns can increase anxiety. 

Stone is another natural element that offers feelings of strength and resilience, and calls to the natural world, helping us to de-stress and disconnect.


Whether you’re designing a new space or giving your current one a much-needed revitalisation, make sure to factor in Chambers’ tips to create a space that suits and inspires you.


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