The Meaning Behind Colours: Choosing a Colour Scheme for Your Home

Colours bring more than just life to a space, or something pretty to look at. They are also capable of affecting a person’s emotions, or influencing one’s state of mind.

If you are thinking of repainting your room or even the entire house, make sure to choose a colour scheme that will positively impact your overall well-being. Don’t know where to start? We’ll walk you through some popular colour choices and what they can do for you.

RED – Vibrant and striking, red is considered a highly stimulating colour. Experts say red can inspire a feeling of courage and bravery in a person, making it ideal for people who want to enhance their self-confidence. However, use it smartly. Excessive use of red in a space can make people feel anxious or exceedingly excited, and can be counterproductive for those who want to feel rested and relaxed. Red can also help increase a person’s appetite.

ORANGE – Orange is another invigorating colour. Like red, it can arouse feelings of courage and fearlessness. If you want to enhance the energy level in your workout space, or if you want to create a happy, welcoming vibe in a room, then opt for an orange palette. But like with red, use it carefully. Better complement it with neutral shades, such as white or beige.

YELLOW –  Want to stimulate your creative juices? Paint your walls yellow, or add yellow accents and ornaments to your study room or home office. Yellow is said to help boost mental sharpness and intelligence. It can also enhance the welcoming ambiance of any room, which makes it a popular choice for living rooms and entry ways. However, there are studies suggesting babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms, so avoid using it in the nursery.

GREEN – Green represents life, growth, and prosperity. When used in bedrooms, it can help a person unwind and eventually enjoy a good night’s sleep. One of green’s attributes is it can help rest the eye, which is why eye specialists recommend looking at something green to calm tired eyes, after hours of working in front a computer. Green accents in any living space can also promote physical and emotional wellness.

BLUE – For a calming and relaxing atmosphere, blue is the staple go-to colour of many designers and home owners. Whether you opt for darker hues such as royal and cobalt blue, or lighter shades such as sky and turquoise, a blue palette guarantees a universally appealing interior design. It creates such a tranquil atmosphere that experts say people who have a blue-themed room enjoy better sleep, with an average 7 hours of shut eye every night.

VIOLET – As the colours commonly associated with royalty in historical times, violet and/or purple definitely exude luxury and sophistication. But experts advise to use these colours with care. Studies have proven that purple/violet bedrooms can cause people to feel restless and get fewer hours of sleep. If you are really intent on having a purple-themed bedroom, try adding it in the form of fixtures and other accents. You may also opt for lighter shades of purple because these can give off a calming vibe to your room. Try and explore lilac, lavender, periwinkle, orchid or mauve.

NEUTRAL – Neutral-themed spaces make for a welcoming interior, especially when accentuated by warm tones and shades. Neutral walls, ceiling and floors are the perfect backdrop to show off the furniture and fixtures in a space, and highlight even the smallest details. Neutral shades – such as whites and greys – are a classic touch that ensures the interior of your home will suit almost everyone’s tastes.

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