Our homes are a reflection of ourselves – our likes and dislikes, our lifestyles and habits. One of the influential elements to our home is colour.
The science of colour is quite complex but there are some proven qualities to colours which you may want to consider if you are planning on redecorating.
Here are some amazing facts about the most popular colours that may influence your choice:
Blue has a calming influence and has been shown to reduce blood pressure and slow the heart rate. It is also shown to be the colour to most favourably enhance productivity, so it is a good choice for an office. However, care needs to be taken when choosing the right tone as it is considered a “cold” colour. If your room is not south-facing and has little natural light, warmer toned blues such as denim, periwinkle and turquoise will work better in providing you with a fresh look without making you feel too chilly!
Green is the colour of nature and the eye can take more green in a scheme than any other colour. A combination of cool blue and warm yellow, green has an incredibly wide spectrum allowing the perfect hue to be found for any room. Overall known to promote relaxation, it is a good choice for living rooms and has even been said to promote fertility so can be considered a good choice for a bedroom. Associated with freshness, it is a good choice for kitchen areas. However, steer clear of greens that are too acidic in an eating area as this can have a bilious effect!
Yellow is considered a happy colour and has been shown to lift spirits and increase metabolism. It reflects optimism and is a colour of warmth. A yellow room will appear comparatively warmer than the same room painted white. However, there is another side to this cheery colour – studies have shown that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow room!
Red is well known to reflect passion, and it is also considered the colour best associated with joy, well-being and courage. It has been shown to increase appetite so is considered a good choice for a dining room. Conversely, it is also the colour most associated with anger and danger, so it would not be a good choice for boardroom negotiations!
A softer tone than its red neighbour, pink is still a warm colour and when used in its lighter tone, is considered restful. A calming colour, it is inextricably linked with the “female” and remains one of the most popular choices for a girl’s bedroom.
Lilac has a wide spectrum which can swing from the cooler blue side to the warmer pink side and the tone should be chosen in connection with the natural light and position of the room. Lilac has been shown to calm the nerves and aid relaxation and can be a good choice for bedrooms and places of relaxation.
Zingy orange is full of fun and encourages energy and excitement. Whilst considered by many to be too lively for a bedroom, it is a fabulous choice for an exercise room.
But what if colour isn’t your thing? What if you find yourself drawn to the neutral palette of whites, greys, browns and even blacks? These colours can be very sophisticated. The darker the tone, the less of it you will need to create an impact. If you don’t feel brave enough to embrace a whole room of colour, then the answer is to use clever key accessories. A few well-placed items of can be all that is needed to break the monotony of a neutral scheme and create a style with panache.