Colour Psychology in Design

Designers are always working with colours. Any kind of Designer does face the challenge every time they Design. This is why it is so important to know about this matter and know exactly what type or tone of colours is better or good to choose.

I passed so many subjects in University and Tafe years ago about Colour Psychology and how it does effect human’s mind. If you google about Colours in internet or search for books, there are many ways tutors tried to explain but I think i found the easiest way to understand colours and it really helped me through designing and working on my Interior projects. Of course you can go further in this subject but for beginners or any Designer who wants/needs a guid line, I believe there is only 4 easy steps you need to know and remember while working with colours in Interior Designing, Decorating, Illustrating, Mapping or Sketching.

There are 4 types of colours.

1) Warm Colours

This group of colours are stimulating the nervous system and enhance our feelings. Red, Orange, Purple are warm colours. For example if you are presenting in University it is important to know these colours will grab your tutor attention; Or if you are Decorating an Interior, having a warm coloured item in a cool toned room, it will stand out.

2) Cool Colours

Calming influence and a sense of calmness and elegance to give us a little moment of our self are Cool Colours. Turquoise, Blue green and Blue in in this group. Cool Colours are a good choice for the workplace and the bedroom where calmness and quietness are needed; Also visually warm colours are siting in front and cold colours are usually in the background.

3) Neutral Colours (the most important group)

Black, White, Grey and brown they are not known as Colour and in colour wheel they do not exist becouse they are made of the combination of Black and White. Black and White is not known as colour so Grey is not a colour too as it is made of them. Neutral colours can be used in learning areas such as schools where focus is needed.

4) Similar or same toned colours

These groups are about colours such as very bright Yellow and Deep Blue. They are not in same group of colours but they both have same amounts of Red or Blue in them. Such an interesting Group !

Reference: Stlukeartistcolourmen, Ann Merete, Neutralinstinct, Loula Hall and Pino3bravo

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