Colors and Their Significance in Interiors

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Color is all around us. Starting from our nightdresses to the color of the kitchen, we make our choices for every item we use. A human eye can different about 2000 shades of color. Colors are also used to communicate spiritual, welfare, emotional, and other feelings.

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There more to it than just selecting a color. The lightness or darkness and the brightness or dullness of the color affect the selection. An object or an area with different saturation of the same hue can reflect a different vibe.

Even after being wholly dunked and driven by colors, there are still quite a lot of things about colors that are by and large unheard-of.

Each color represents a particular psychological factor and has a significant impact on the person and the surrounding. It is essential to know about them so that we can use them to have a holistic and comfortable environment than adjusting ourselves physically, emotionally, and visually to something that is not a match to our personality.


The color wheel has all the possible hues, which can be further divided in terms of value (lightness or darkness) and intensity (brightness or dullness). The color wheel is majorly divided into two parts- Warm Colors and Cool Colors.

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Warm colors include Red, Red-Orange, Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow, and Yellow-Green. These colors energize and brighten the place.

Cool Colours include Green, Blue-Green, Blue, Blue-Purple, Purple, Red-Purple, and Red. These colors produce a feeling of relaxation and silence.

Red, Yellow, and Blue are the Primary Colours as they cannot be derived from any other colors.

Mixing two Primary Colours in equal amounts give us Secondary colors- Orange, Violet, and Green.

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Mixing one Primary and one Secondary color in equal amounts gives us Tertiary Colours- red-violet, red-orange, blue-green, yellow-green, blue-violet, and yellow-orange.

Some other color-related terms:

⦁ Hue is the name of the pure color- blue, green, red, etc.
⦁ Chroma is the purity of a color, a color with no added black or white in it
⦁ Saturation refers to how strong or weak a color is
⦁ Tones are created by adding grey to a color to make it dull.
⦁ Shades are created by adding black to make it darker than the original.
⦁ Tints are created by adding white to a color to make it lighter.

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The colours can not only change the ambiance but also create an illusion of a large or a small space.

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Light colors: make the place look bigger as the light colors reflect maximum light and create an illusion of moving away

Dark colors: these have the tendency to come towards and near to us making space look small as dark colors absorb most of the light

Dull Colours: these colors tend to move away from us making space look larger
Bright Colours: these colors make the area look smaller as they create an illusion of coming towards us.

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Positive: stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.


Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.


Positive: Emotional strength, friendliness, creativity, confidence.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety.


Positive: Restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.


Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality.
Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.


Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.


Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.


Positive: natural, comfort, stability
Negative: dull, gloomy


Positive: clean, positive, divine
Negative: boring, reflective


Positive: subtle, elegant, masculine
Negative: boring, depressing, monotonous

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