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8 popular interior colours and how they affect your moodby Gary Reading, Oct 2018
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, where as the dining room should make you feel more lively and sociable.
Here is our breakdown of how different interior colours affect our moods…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purple is a rich, dramatic colour that is historically the colour of royalty and luxury. Deep purples give off a very romantic, mysterious and luxurious vibe and are great for sparking creativity.
While deep purples aren’t the best for the bedroom, where you want the mind to relax, lighter purples such as lavender and lilac are better options as they are calming and light.
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.
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 to be for relaxing.
Interestingly enough, there is such a thing called the Pink Effect. This is when exposure to large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves and helps relieve feelings of anger, aggression and neglect.
Pink has the opposite affect to its primary colour, red, as the longer you are exposed to it, the calmer you will become. Lighter pinks are great for childrens’ rooms and promote feelings of love, playfulness and kindness.