The Relevance of Colors in Interior Design! Where and why to apply?


The color palette in the decoration is an effective way to select the ideal colors for the spaces of a home and make a harmonious, suitable environment and produce the desired effect in interior decoration.

In this article, you will see how colors can influence the decoration of a home and the well-being of the people who live in it. Check out!

Color Perception

The color palette is widely used in interior design to cause different sensations in the users of a space. It is common, for example, to use hot and vibrant colors in fast food chain restaurants, because, in addition to arousing the appetite, these colors are so stimulating that they increase our appetite. In offices, the shades are more monotonous (gray for example), as they provide a more relaxed working climate and increase the efficiency of its employees.


Another importance associated with colors in interior decoration concerns the feeling of spaciousness of the spaces and the impression of greater or lesser brightness in each of them.

This is because the colors reflect different intensities of light, where the lighter ones transmit more light and the darker ones, less light. For this reason, colors stimulate our senses and interfere with our perception of spaces and environments.

Another issue that is also much debated around colors and interior decoration is related to the beauty and harmony that they bring to space. They reflect different styles and attract the right energies depending on how they are chosen and used.

This therapeutic relationship is known as chromotherapy, in which the colors present different energetic vibrations and propagate throughout the environment, acting on organs of the human body, restoring important qualities to people’s lives.

Color Property

There are no exact or standardized perceptions about colors, each context determines different theories and symbologies.

Here the experience and individual tastes are very important and are fundamental when choosing.

There are no absolute rules, there are tips and suggestions that must be taken into account when decorating your home or space.

Yellow and the power of light in decoration

The yellow normally associated with communication, luminosity and energy, stimulates the intellectual part of the individual and the biological part, as experts say, this color opens up the appetite and is therefore recommended for use in dining rooms or even kitchens.

Yellow is recommended for dark environments. With lighter and more neutral tones, the strong yellow tone can look for exaggerated stimuli and feelings of confusion and friction. As it is a warm tone, it is indicated for cold places and in low light.

This color is recommended for leisure and social areas, offices and study environments. Matches the color gray.

Blue and the power of harmony and meditation

Blue, an element usually associated with water and the sea, in interior decoration indicates environments that are calm, harmonious, peaceful and private.

Blue has the power to influence our organism and decrease our heart and respiratory rate, so it is recommended as a decorative element in rooms, relaxation spaces, meditation or study rooms.

If it is a darker blue it can give us the feeling of a deeper and cooler space at the same time. It is a color with a refreshing feeling and can be used in hot places.

As for the care in relation to its application, in excess it causes sleep, sadness and anguish.

White and its neutrality

From a physical point of view it is the sum of colors. It represents peace, purity, cleanliness, stability, luminosity and simplicity. It is not a predominant color by its nature, so it is well combined with other colors.

White reflects a lot of light, it is widely used in smaller spaces and in low light, to give the feeling of spaciousness and stimulate our imagination. White forms a great composition with wood, either with the darkest or the lightest.

Currently, white is widely used in interior decoration due to the flexibility it allows, the modernity it brings to the space, the light it transmits and the multiplicity of options it guarantees us.

The strongest and most appealing colors can and should be used with white, but there are those who choose more neutral and pastel colors.

The refreshing green

Green is characterized by being a refreshing, energizing color, associated with hope and family and a color very present in nature.

It is a good bet on a social space and works very well when applied in dining or living rooms.

If you want to make your space wider, use water green. If you just want to highlight a wall, use olive green. In addition to being sophisticated, green creates welcoming environments.

Combine green with white, beige, brown, gray or blue. Green represents growth, health, well-being and people’s satisfaction.

Red and sexuality

Red is exciting and usually relates to energy, communication, appetite and sometimes aggressiveness. Red stimulates the areas of affective relationship, self-esteem, success and prosperity.

Red is also indicated for the decoration of the double room, as it awakens sexuality, love and passion. If it is in excess it can cause friction, agitation, nervousness and worry.

Black and its strong and masculine character

According to interior designer Jaqueline Watanabe, black is generally associated with masculinity, sophistication and formality. It is synonymous with charm and elegance but should be considered and combined with other colors but in moderation.
In excess it can transmit negative feelings like anguish, depression, darkness and sadness.

Lilac and violet tones of romance

Lilac has a purifying and calming effect. Calms the mind and heart, in addition to renewing energies, so it is recommended in rooms and social areas.

Purple and violet form interesting contrasts, but, in order not to use the tone in excess, invest in other colors, such as white, gray and pink.

These colors turn negative energies into positive ones and calm the mind and heart. Its use should be moderate so that it does not cause anxiety and depression.

Brown, warm and powerful tones

Naturalness is usually associated with these tones, being a solid color, it is traditionally associated with comfort. It combines with sober and neutral tones, in addition to perfectly matching with gold if the intention is exuberance, and luxury.

Now you know the importance of colors and how they influence space, decoration and our organism. So you can already imagine which one fits you best, in your home, in your life and in your options. If you have good taste and a little creativity… you’ll be right!

Lara Oliveira

We are a graduated team in Architecture and Interior Design with experience in the development and monitoring of Architecture and Decoration projects, rehabilitation, remodeling, material counseling, choice of decorative pieces and others. We are passionate about aesthetics and refined and elegant environments, with a lot of character and personality!