Follow colour temperature, psychology to paint interiors

Follow colour temperature, psychology to paint interiors
It is better to avoid warm colours in rooms on the western side of the house as it is exposed to sunlight for a longer duration.

Colours influence our lives in a big way. While intense colours can change our moods pleasing colours ease tension. So, choosing the right shade for painting our house is very important.

Each shade used in a house has its own significance. In earlier days, all the rooms of a house used to be painted white. But now people prefer colourful interiors. By having an idea of colour psychology and temperature, we can paint interiors according to our tastes.

Warm and cool colours

Colours have a ‘temperature’ similar to humans. Those having a high temperature are called ‘warm’ colours and those with low heat are termed ‘cool’ colours.

It is believed that people will be more energetic in rooms with warm colours, which include red, orange, reddish orange and yellowish orange. Such warm shades are also known as earthy colours. Care has to be taken while using these colours in the interior as the temperature inside the room may also rise.


It is better to avoid warm colours in rooms on the western side of the house as it is exposed to sunlight for a longer duration. But warm hues are ideal for rooms on the eastern portion as intense sunlight will not be falling on them. This would also make up for the lesser amount of exposure to the sun.

Cool shades like blue, green, bluish green and yellowish green reflect the cool effect of the sky, oceans and nature. These shades can be used for rooms on the western side. An advantage is that the temperature in the room can be reduced to some extent.

This principle can be applied to the rooms on the south-west side also. However, for the north-east portion of a dwelling, any shade will do as it would be neither too hot nor too cold. One more advantage of cool colours is that they make rooms look bigger.

Choosing from colour card

Care has to be taken while making a choice from a colour card. The colour shown on card may look different when it's painted on a wall. So, select the shade which is bit darker than the one you mark on the card. Otherwise, the room will look lighter that the colour you select. While painting a wall on which putty has not been applied, purchase the colour which comes next to the one which appeals to you.

Striking yellow

There are several shades of yellow colour. While some are pleasant, others evoke repulsion in many people. Yellow is best for kitchen and children’s room. Moreover, yellow-coloured furniture draws curiosity. The combination of yellow and white is very striking which will provide a youthful look to the interior. Yellow has a special quality – it attracts the attention easily.

Trendy brown

A natural colour, brown is considered a ‘classic shade’. It also gives a protective feeling to occupants as wood and soil are of the same shade. Brown flaunts nobility as well as modernity and would suit houses built in any style. In addition, brown always stays trendy.


Pleasing pink

Interiors painted in pink shades are attractive. Pink suits kids’ room the best. It also spreads a pleasant feeling among the inhabitants. Moreover, the interior would become stylish. The different shades of pink can also be used to highlight various sections and items in a house.

Points to remember

» Select good quality paints

» Check the contents of the paint

» Avoid or minimise the use of brands which have heavy metals or poisonous items

» Never engage in painting work in a closed room

» Leave all doors and windows open while painting

» Avoid painting interiors with paints meant for the exterior

» Try to choose water-based paints as far as possible

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