The Influence Wall Colours Have on Your Home

As home renovation specialists, we offer brilliant and reliable home improvement services to homeowners looking to upgrade their properties. Our friendly team at Home Tales have worked on multiple projects. Whether you are looking for a ground floor extension, refurbishments, or a dormer extension in London, we can provide you with an excellent design package and guidance on your future build.

During the final phases of a home improvement project, the colour chosen for the walls can suddenly become a huge task. It may become daunting when you are faced with so many options. We don’t want you to have to repaint your room, or worse yet, be stuck with a colour you just can’t bear. That’s why we wanted to talk about colour psychology and how you can utilise your wall colour to influence the atmosphere of your home.


Throughout the majority of our projects, we have seen many of our clients opt for white walls as it is neutral and easy to dress up. White offers an airy, open feel to an interior as it reflects light and makes a room feel taller and wider, which is why it is a popular choice for smaller spaces. There are many shades to choose from, with warm and cool variations, but you must be careful to not create a clinical aesthetic. We would recommend a warm white emulsion which has a hint of yellow or green to promote a cosy atmosphere, such as in a living room or bedroom. A cooler white with hints of blue would be ideal for formal settings, for example a kitchen/dining space or study.


According to colour psychology, yellow is linked to happiness and adds energy and inspiration to a space, which might be why we often see yellow painted walls in kitchen interiors or children’s rooms. It can instantly lift your mood as it emulates sunshine and warmth, which is further enhanced with warm lighting. For a less intense look, a light yellow or cream wall could have a similar, subtle effect. If you’re daring, a bright yellow emulsion could be used on a statement wall to get that glow you may want.


Blue is possibly the most popular choice of wall colour for those that want to set a relaxed tone in their house, with blue paints often being sold out in DIY shops. A light blue may be used in a room that you want to feel spacious but calm, as it closely resembles the sky or a still body of water. Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 was Classic Blue, which is a deep, confident colour. A dark blue such as Classic Blue still offers the calmness but radiates confidence and security too. We think a deep blue with hints of gold hardware would look amazing.


If you are looking for a sense of strength and warmth from your interior, red walls may be right for you. As it is on the longest wavelength of the spectrum, it is very powerful and attention grabbing, making it stand out from all distances. However, it can come across as aggressive, which you can mitigate by assigning it to a statement wall. On the other hand, walls painted with pink emulsion is soothing and nurturing rather than stimulating, as it’s associated with love and femininity.


An under-utilised emulsion colour is purple, with this rich shade being too daring or different for some. This colour is often associated with royalty and fantasy; therefore, it naturally translates to nobility and romanticism when used in décor. It is less known that, through colour psychology, purple promotes creativity, possibly making it a contender for a statement wall in a studio or study. Lighter shades of purple tend to be associated with feminine features, whilst bold purples are deemed masculine.


In contrast to the previously mentioned paint colours, grey has no direct psychological properties as it is neutral. However, when choosing a shade of grey, it is important to pay attention to the tone. If you choose a grey that is too warm, it may read as muddy, though if you choose a grey that is too cool, it could make your room seem stale, boring, and damp. Luckily there is an array of choice out there, so you hopefully won’t be running into these problems.


Black has been reliable for times when we find ourselves stuck on a colour choice. It is heavily used throughout industrial interiors to add contrast and strength to a room aesthetic, as black is timeless and powerful. When using this shade to coat your walls, it exudes mystery, sophistication, and (depending on décor) glamour. As an inverse of white, it is great in modern settings, but it can make the look of a traditional home pop too. You must be careful to create a balance with your furniture and flooring, as black furniture may be lost in a dark room.

We hope this has made part of your renovation process seem less intimidating and we would love to talk to you about any home improvement projects you are considering. You can contact us on 02070432378, email us at, or you can book a telephone consultation with us online at your convenience.

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