Are colors merely visual properties which serve to add a little flavor to our everyday monotonous and dull lives? Are they just there to portray an image or is there more to them? Studies suggest that these colors may have deeper roots in our lives than what we like to admit.
In today’s world, interior designing decisions are made based on different requirements and factors. In these places, the colors we are surrounded by are usually not the major talking points. This shows that we are actually underestimating its role in our lives. Colors, in fact, have a major contribution towards our moods. How people act in their day-to-day dealings, whether they are energetic or lethargic, relaxed or irritated, substantially depends on these different colors.
Yellow, the brightest one of all is known to be a contributor of bursts of vigor and energy, stimulating all senses that we have. It catches the eye, it catches attention and stands out. However, it can also be a reason for exhaustion earlier than expected. So for people in areas where there is rigorous work to be done and long hour shifts to be served, yellow is just not their friend and is best avoided. A blend of purple, red and pink, magenta is the best friend of creativity. Alongside yellow, magenta is also one of the popular choices for kindergartens and art rooms, where creativity is encouraged.
The lighter colors, which include pink, light blue, beige, off-white and other members of the ‘light family’ are credited for offering a relaxing effect that helps soothe senses and helps people calm down. White also offers a feeling of purity and sincerity, while light pink also following in its footsteps. A general manager who has just had an argument with an employee might want to sit down in a room with light colors. In schools and offices, this is a popular choice. Kindergartens barely ever have white or beige walls, while as we proceed to higher grades, these colors are very common. Schools are centers of formal education and thus, avoid having fancy, bright colors around. Blue and green are seen to comfort most people and help them feel safe. This is due to its close association to nature.
Colors are a vital part of the whole interior designing process, and not only because of their psychological effects mentioned above, but because they say a lot about the place. Law firms and other corporate businesses give preference to natural colors. They are often seen to color their offices with beige, or light brown/blue. Why do they not use yellow and red? Circumstances. Corporate image is that of sophistication and thus, require the colors to complement this image. For the same reason, as children grow from childhood through their teen years, the colors of their room start to change eventually.
Thus, we can see the role of colors in interior designing is absolutely crucial. When determining whether we are designing an interior for an office, a house or a club, we must keep in mind the nature of activity which is likely to take place in the surroundings. We simply cannot have the same color in a sports club and an office. The nature of the two activities is not the same. Different activities require different interior designing. While we do pay a lot of attention to what is placed and where, there is also a need to understand that the colors which we select in our interior designing play more roles than we imagine. From blood-pressure, metabolism, heart-rate, respiration; to calming down, being irritated and other various facets of our daily lives, colors play a continuous and important role – Something we just cannot ignore.
However, color psychology does not imply that white is Chuck Norris and black is Ben Kingsley, it does not imply that certain colors add only darkness to life. There are no villains in the color story. All these colors come together to add zest to our lives. What makes any of them desirable or undesirable depends on the conditions, circumstances and the needs of the individual in context.