Last month we took a look at the trending colours of the year, this month we finish this two part series by looking at what moods are conveyed by which colour!
Choose Your Colour Wisely
While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room colour, it affects us every day. Room colour can influence our moods and our thoughts.
Whether you’re completely redecorating or looking to make a small change in your home, choosing the right colour scheme can be very difficult – especially when you want different rooms to provoke different moods.
The bedroom, for example, should make you feel calm and relaxed, whereas the dining room should make you feel more lively and sociable.
Keep in mind that each colour has a psychological impact. Think about how certain colours make you feel; they can influence any emotion, from tranquillity to agitation. To create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colours wisely; some colours in large amounts might have the opposite effect on you and your loved ones.
What mood do you want to create? Which colour will help you achieve that mood?
Your feelings about colour are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture.
- Orange Tones
Orange is a very exciting colour that brings a burst of energy and enthusiasm. It’s a great colour to exercise around, but not so good for living rooms or bedrooms where we want to wind down. Orange can also stimulate your appetite so if you’re trying to be a little more healthy and calorie conscious, we wouldn’t recommend this colour for your kitchen.
- Red Tones
While many people link red to romance and roses, it is also linked to hostility and rage. Red is known to raise blood pressure, heart beat and irritability. It’s a great colour to use for socialising – especially around Christmas – and we would suggest that you keep this colour to social rooms as opposed to rooms that are meant for relaxing.
- White Tones
White instils the fear of dirt in even the messiest of people. But painting your walls white or off-white is a great way to help make your home feel more spacious and open and the people within it more neutral. Not necessarily an energy nor calm inducing colour, white gives a happy medium that leaves you feeling clean. White rooms give an automatic feel of cleanliness and purity. The colour white itself stands for protection, innocence and goodness, to name a few. Painting your ceilings white or off white are easy options that go with just about every colour and gives the illusion that the ceiling is higher and the room is bigger.
Black is a “powerful” colour, which might be the reason why black is the most popular colour for luxury vehicles. People often describe the colour as sexy, powerful, mysterious, and even ominous.
- Green Tones
This is a great colour for your home office as it symbolises prosperity and helps to reduce anxiety. It is one of the most restful colours for your eyes and is known to be restorative, mind-clearing and encourage composure. For those who love the outdoors, it also gives an outdoorsy, natural feel – much like blue speaks to those whose hearts truly lie by the water.
- Yellow Tones
Kitchens are great rooms to paint yellow as it brightens your mood and increases your energy – something we usually all need in the morning as we make our way to the kettle. Yellow can catch the sunlight and leave you with an uplifting feeling of joy and liveliness.
- Blue Tones
Blue is a very calming colour that can make you feel centred, relaxed and serene. It is known to help lower blood pressure, clear the mind and help steady one’s breathing. While blue rooms are lovely to lounge and rest in, it is important to note that pastel blues can come across as very cold and chilly. Light, warm blues are great and are easily balanced with warm hues and furnishing.
So what’s the bottom line? Experts have found that while colour can have an influence on how we feel and act, these effects are subject to personal, cultural, and situational factors.
These guidelines are a good starting point in your search for a paint colour. Keep in mind that colour choice is a very personal matter; you are the one who has to live with your new paint colour, so choose a hue that suits you, your family and your lifestyle.
For our professional advice on colour selection get in touch for a consult!