Why do we choose certain colours to decorate our home - is it based on our personal tastes or the colour trends for that season? Or is the colour of our walls, furniture and soft furnishings more closely aligned to the psychological impact and the specific benefits it can bring?
Here, Malcolm Walker, director of product at Furniture Village, shares his insights into how colour can be used in our living space to influence our mood. It may be time to ditch the neutrals…
Yellow is often associated with happiness, and this energising and vibrant tone is fantastic for living areas and kitchens. It is an extremely warm and welcoming shade and so also works well in the hallways, lifting the mood as soon as you enter the home. If used exclusively however, this shade can be overwhelming and it can have the opposite effect. To get the most out of yellow, use it sparingly as an accent shade against crisp white.
As the colour of the sky and the ocean, the naturally cooling and calming effects of blue work well to inspire tranquillity in bedrooms and bathrooms. Lighter, brighter blues work better to encourage a calming environment than deeper regal and navy tones. The colour is also associated with intelligence and productivity, and is therefore a good choice for a home office.
Interestingly, pink is the only primary colour with its own moniker (it is technically pale red) but the psychological effects are much different to its passionate foundation shade. In a study carried out in the late 60s it was noted that colour affects muscle tone, and that staring at the particular shade, Baker-Miller pink, after exercise, lowered the heart rate, pulse, and respiration more significantly than other colours. The colour is both soothing and aesthetically pleasing, making it a great choice for the living room or bedroom.
Unlike pink, red is bold and often associated with aggression. Used within the home however, it makes a strong statement and can work particularly well in the dining room as the colour is said to stimulate the appetite. As the symbol of passion and energy, it is a great colour in spaces where one would entertain as it naturally encourages conversation, but would probably be too intense for the bedroom where colours should evoke a feel of calm and relaxation.
Green naturally brings to mind health and wellbeing, and is a natural stress reliever. This colour resonates with nature and the outdoors, making it both calming and invigorating. This colour works well in most rooms within the home, and is a great statement colour for the bedroom. Introduce green into the home with the use of plants and lush greenery, which will further add to the innate serenity of the hue.
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