Colour is everywhere, we are bombarded with it every day, our eyes constantly absorb different information and we interpret this in many ways. Colour changes our mood, it serves to enhance our lives and depress us in equal measures. Take choosing the colour of your next car, to some it's the most important decision and one which usually takes ages to decide, but which perhaps has the biggest impact on our lives!
In your home, you have a plethora of colours to choose from, and those choices all depend on light to make them come to life, so if you are thinking about re painting your walls in the near future, paint your chosen colour on an A4 piece of card and move around the room with it to check how it feels in different light situations. Be sure when you do paint to cover any changes with enough coats and always leave to dry your sample square before making any decisions!
Colour and Mood
Red raises a room's energy, its great for injecting excitement into a room. In living rooms and dining rooms red draws people together and stimulates conversation. It has been shown to raise blood pressure and it creates a strong first impression. Red can be overbearing in a bedroom so be careful.
Yellow communicates happiness and sunshine, its perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms where an uplifting experience is often called for. In large amounts however, it has been shown to create feelings of frustration and anger in people and interestingly babies tend to cry more in a yellow room.
Considered calming and relaxing, blue can bring down blood pressure and heart rate. Consider for bedrooms but balance with warm hues if you are using it as a dominant colour in your room. Stay with the lighter shades of blue if you desire a calming effect or opt for darker blues if you wish to be more bold.
Often considered as the most restful of colours to the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room of the house. It helps promote togetherness and comfort and encourages unwinding.
In its darkest form, purple evokes rich, dramatic and sophisticated emotions. It is assosiated with luxury as well as creativity. Used in its lighter form such as lavender and lilac, purple brings a restful quality to bedrooms like blue but without the chill.
Evokes excitement, enthusiasm and energy. Whilst not great for a living room or bedroom, orange is great for an exercise room. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.
Neutrals (black, grey, white and brown) are basic to the decorator's tool kit. All neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, however they are flexible. Adding colour can liven things up, subtracting will calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to give it depth.