Effects in the space

The importance of furnishing colours for the psyche

The home office working model has been extended. Many companies are discovering the advantages for their employees and for themselves. Expensive office space is being reduced in size, communication channels are being restructured. The workplace at home is establishing itself. So it is high time to look into the effect of furnishing colours on the human psyche. Which colours are beneficial for your own study, which ones increase concentration or creativity?

Sep 07 2020

Art therapists have long been familiar with the effect of colours on the human psyche. Each colour triggers different emotions, often unconsciously. Furnishing colours can be used in a targeted manner. This applies to all areas of life, from hospitality design to private living spaces or the home office. 

Test colours in doses 

There are different requirements for the home office than for living spaces. This requires a lot of tact and sensitivity, especially when only part of the living space can be converted. One solution may be to start by working with accessories, smaller furniture or wall paints in limited areas. 

The effect of a colour depends on its intensity 

The following applies to all colours: The effect depends on the dosage as well as on the personality of the inhabitants. What is positive for one person in high doses can quickly be too much for another person. This is another reason why it makes sense to first test the effect using smaller colour areas.  

Pillows as coloured highlights 

Placing small coloured highlights in a room gives an immediate result. And it's much cheaper than having to extensively renovate a room. Coloured living accessories are very suitable. Cushions, lamps, carpets are conceivable. Pictures can have a strong effect, but also green or flowering plants in coloured planters.  

An overview of the most important furnishing colours and their meaning: 


The colour yellow has a great importance for the psyche. It promotes zest for life, optimism and joy, has a positive effect on creativity and concentration. Yellow reduces anxiety and depression and can have a positive effect on immune deficiencies. Yellow makes small rooms look larger. This colour is very well suited for offices, including the home office. 


Orange is also an important colour for our mental well-being. Orange increases zest for life and optimism, has a positive effect on mood and self-confidence. Rooms with the colour orange radiate cosiness. Orange is the ideal colour for rooms with little daylight. Like red, orange is a dominant colour. Therefore, even smaller colour areas are sufficient for a clear impulse. 


Red promotes vitality and energy, it stimulates the immune system. Red should be used in moderation, because too much red makes you restless.  


Violet is the colour of art and inspiration. It promotes self-confidence and concentration. Violet can also be used in doses in the form of coloured accessories in a room. 


This colour family stands for idealism, joy and order. Magenta can have a positive effect on mental shock. The colour conveys inner security. 

Brown/earth tones 

Rooms that are coloured with brown tones and earth tones are calming and balancing. As a supplement, other colours can be used as highlights in the form of cushions, living accessories or plants, because too much brown has a heavy, tiring effect. 


Gold has a stabilising effect on inner insecurity, promotes inner strength and inspiration. The colour gold is therefore well suited to be used in doses in a home office or living area. 


Green harmonises and calms, it conveys security and hope and increases creativity. Green is therefore also well suited for the home office, but should be used in moderation - for example in the form of plants or colourful home accessories that add a splash of colour to green.  


Blue stands for trust and calm, it helps with sleep disorders, but also promotes clear, structured thinking. Blue is often used extensively in rooms for relaxation, preferably in the bedroom. It can also be used in the home office in the form of coloured accessories. Small rooms look larger with blue wall decoration. 


Turquoise is also recommended for the home office when used for small areas or coloured eye-catchers. Because turquoise gives inner clarity, self-confidence and serenity. 


White can be used very well to brighten up a room or to complement another living colour and enhance its effect through colour contrast. A room kept entirely in white does not stimulate creativity. So it is better to use white only for part of a study. 

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