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  • Gina Everett

Colour Psychology - Using blue in interiors

An important advantage we have, as designers, when creating our client’s perfect home is the understanding and application of colour theory to create the desired atmosphere or look. The colour we use can even be determined or affected by the style you have.

Colours have the ability to affect more than just the look of a room. They can also impact your emotions and set the mood the entire space. This is important when we are trying to create rooms to relax in or to work/concentrate.

In this post of the colour series, we are looking at "blue". Universally blue has the highest vote when it comes to people's favourite colour. That also includes designers, we often gravitate to blue when creating a home’s colour story or scheme.

When the colour blue comes to mind, it can often be affiliated with happiness. Being the colour of clear skies or the ocean it can evoke positive and pleasant associations which create a feeling of joy.

Blue, when utilized in interior design, is used as a calming and relaxing colour. Blue affects us mentally rather than physically like red - although blue has been shown to lower the heart rate which helps you focus and improve concentration too.

Like above, you can invite a soft-toned blue into your bedroom to promote rest and relaxation. With the bedroom being the primary room used to decompress, applying blue to a space can improve both physical and mental health over time.

In an office, blue can promote focus and improve concentration which is a real positive to using the colour - this is where the saying "sky blue thinking" comes from.

Being one of the primary colours, blue is flexible when navigating interiors because it can pair with almost any colour. This opens up lots of options regardless of your style or the age of the property.

Deciding on the tone of the blue we can use is important and is the main decision that will determine what will work well with it for the overall theme/scheme. Royal blues work best with bold pinks, yellows, and reds; while baby blues work best with complimentary colours such as whites, golds, and warm neutrals.

For more coastal homes, using a lighter blue will bring a calm and natural element into the home, drawing from the coastal views. For a more modern approach or city feel (like the above design), we use a deeper blue accessorizing with black, orange, and other bold and vibrant colours to elevate this soothing tones.

So incorporating blue into interiors will give guests a comforting feeling when visiting, and could very well be their favourite colour - looks like a win-win!!

If you need help to put together a scheme for your room - book a 1h colour consultation now for only £120 (+ travel if required) - call 0208 133 0702 or email


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