Importance of Colour in Lighting

  Mar 28, 2020

The importance of colour in lighting is often underestimated. Colours are a form of non-verbal communication and account for 60% of our response to an object or place, which can take the form of an action, reaction or mood. When used right, coloured lighting can be a powerful tool that does more than create the illusion of space.

But since smart lighting can give an infinite combination of colours, it can sometimes be a headache to know what presets to create for each room. Try the following:

- Living Room

Warm tones like red, orange and yellow often evoke feelings of connection and warmth. Create a preset with this colour scheme for your living room, it may encourage your guests to mingle and start making conversations.

- Kitchen

Red and orange can whet appetites in your kitchen. On top of stimulating conversations, red has also been shown to increase appetite in most people. On top of that, lighting tends to be flat and bright for cooking, so red and orange ambient lights may help take the edge off.

- Dining Room

Having meals together as a family has positive effects on child development, which is why you want to make mealtimes happier for everyone! As you might already guess, you can inspire optimism with yellow!

- Bedrooms

As this is the place where you go to to unwind and reconnect with your partner, choose soft, cool colours and neutral tones as they usually create a quieter feeling. Green, blue and pink are thought to have a calming effect, which can be great choices here.

- Bathroom

If you’re working with a small space, it makes sense to choose cool colours to ‘open up’ the room. Daylight whites can connote cleanliness and purity, but if you want your bathroom to feel like a private spa retreat, choose blues and turquoises, or even lavender, because these colours give a sense of rejuvenation and balance.