Considering The Psychology of Colour

Certain colours can have an enormous effect on a variety of aspects in your life. From your mood to how well you are sleeping at night, the decor in your home could be a contributing factor.

Whether you’re a lover of colourful cushions or prefer to live in a neutral home environment, considering the psychology of colour could make your decorating decisions a whole lot easier, helping you to reduce stress and enjoy your living space more. 

In this blog post, the team at DUSK have come together to give you all the tips and tricks you need to understand the best colours for your home.

How Colour Can Affect Behaviour 

Colour and your emotions have a closer connection than you would ever imagine. Warm, cool and bright colours can each evoke a different feeling. The psychology of colour largely depends on the hue, brightness and tone. 

Warm colours tend to reflect happy feelings as well as optimism and energy. However, some colours within this scale can signal signs of danger such as red and yellow. On the other hand, cooler tones such as blue and green are associated with calm and serene feelings, but can also evoke feelings of sadness. 

How To Use Colour

The colours you use in your home are usually very personal to your individual preferences. There are endless possibilities and colour combinations that can help make your house a home. Whether you’re painting feature walls, going bold with bright patterned wallpaper or adding a touch of colour with luxury cushions and throws there are an abundance of ways that you can use colour in your home. 

Rather than hopping on the latest colour trends, take a look at what you need in your life and use your emotions to help choose your next bedroom makeover colours. 

The Best Colours For Sleeping

We know that after a long day at work, the last thing you need is to struggle when you’re trying to get to sleep. It’s possible that your choices in bedroom colour design are impacting your sleep. Wondering what colours are good for sleep? Neutral and pastel shades along with cool blues, greens and pinks will help relieve stress and create a welcoming atmosphere. 


Blue is often associated with calming and relaxing feelings, meaning it could be the best colour for your bedroom . The colour blue has also been linked to reducing blood pressure and heart rate. Opting for blue toned walls, cushions and blankets in your bedroom will promote good sleep by creating a soothing environment. 


Green is often a popular choice for a bedroom as it is associated with the tranquility in nature. It can offer a calming sensation in your bedroom - perfect for a good night’s sleep. If you’re looking to just add a touch of colour, muted sage green cushions and throws can be a great option. It is the easiest colour on the human eye and reflects the notion of freshness and growth.


Crisp and pure, white is a common colour for bedrooms as it creates a luxury, hotel-like feel that’s often associated with white bedding. White also creates the ideal blank canvas - allowing you to add a touch of colour with your soft furnishings. Opt for a pretty pale pink cushion or delicately lay a navy throw across the end of your bed for a truly luxurious look. 


If you’re searching for a more feminine feel in your bedroom, pink could be the perfect choice. Pink is thought to have a calming effect and is often associated with feelings of softness, kindness and compassion. Add a touch of pink to your bedroom with a pretty pastel throw or scatter pink cushions across your bed. 

Colours To Use In Your Living Room

The living room is a place for relaxation, comfort and conversation. Therefore, opting for happy and calming colours is often a great place to start. Warm tones like yellow, red or earthy browns and beige will help to stimulate conversation. Try scattering mustard colour cushions across your sofa to add a pop of colour to your living room. 

However, green is often a popular choice also for its calming and relaxing properties. It is considered restful as well as refreshing but has enough warm properties to boost comfort.  Rich and dark colours, such as maroon, can also make a room feel sophisticated and luxurious. 

Colours To Use In Your Bathroom 

Your bathroom should focus on calming serenity. Neutral colours like white and beige are the perfect starting point. Using fluffy white towels or a natural bath mat can effortlessly transform your bathroom and can create a minimalist and modern haven which is perfect for relaxation. Grey towels and bathroom accessories can also create a contemporary and glamorous feel.

Yellow and orange are a great way to add colour to your bathroom to help boost energy and confidence whilst green and blue can inject some great thoughts of nature and evoke calming sensations of happiness. 

Colours To Use In Your Kitchen

A great way to use colour psychology in your kitchen is to choose colours that help stimulate creativity. Bright colours like yellow help to increase energy, putting us in a creative mood which is great for cooking. The colour red can also help to stimulate your appetite, meaning red accessories could be the perfect addition to your kitchen. 

These warmer tones will also help to make your space feel cosy and inviting even through the colder winter months. However, the lighter your colour scheme, the more spacious your kitchen will feel. If you are a little pushed for space, a lighter colour will help to make the room feel bigger and brighter. 

Will you be considering the psychology of colour when decorating your home? We’d love to hear! Let us know on Facebook or Instagram. For more top tips, check out our advice on the DUSK blog.


How To Choose A Cushion Cover? 

The best place to look for inspiration when choosing colourful cushions is your own home. Look for colours that perfectly complement your home decor. Whether you’re going bold with mustard colour cushions or prefer a more monochrome look with grey cushions, opt for tones that best match your furniture, curtains and walls. 

How To Wash A Throw

The material of your throw can affect how it should be washed, so it is always best to make sure you check the care labels before washing. From regularly airing outside to storing with a dryer sheet, there are several ways you can keep your throw smelling fresh between washes - check out our guide for more tips.