Wendy Rennie

Colour and Emotion: How to Select Colour for the Mood You Want to Achieve in Your Home

We’ve always been fascinated by colours and how they can influence your mood and thoughts.

Wanting to know more about this, we’ve enlisted the expert advice of Wendy Rennie, a Haymes Colour and Concept Manager. We’re asking her to explain the psychology behind colour so you have a good starting point to select colours to suit your family and lifestyle.

Colours can affect us in many ways so when it comes to painting and decorating a room, it’s important to choose wisely!

“Whites and neutrals represent purity and innocence and can be warm or cool depending on where it sits on the colour wheel,” says Wendy.

How to select colour for the mood you want to achieve

“Pastels can add character and originality to a contemporary home. The soft, muted tones create beautiful spaces. Pastels are on trend at the moment and can create a subtle yet fresh look – ideal in nurseries, living rooms and bedrooms.”

pastels select colour for the mood

Pink is the ultimate colour of femininity. Ranging from soft pink to hot fuchsia, it’s associated with love and romance.

How to select colour for the mood you want to achieve

“If you want to create a rich and luxurious feeling, opt for purple. It’s known as the colour of royalty and is also associated with spirituality.”

How to select colour for the mood you want to achieve

“Green is the most common colour in nature and represents balance. It is considered to have a refreshing and revitalising effect.”

How to select paint colour for the mood you want to achieve

For a bright, cheerful and warm room, select a shade of yellow. It adds a burst of sunshine when used as a highlight and can be paired with black and white for a modern look.

How to select colour for the mood you want to achieve

“A colour as powerful as orange can create a strong statement. It is emotionally stimulating, energising and vibrant.”

How to select colour for the mood you want to achieve

“Browns are associated with being ‘down to earth’. Brown represents reliability, security and responsibility and creates a feeling of warmth and comfort,” says Wendy.

How to select paint colour to create the mood you want

“For a powerful colour that manifests feelings of love, warmth, comfort and passion, use red (just be sure to use it well!). It enhances the appetite, which is why it can be seen in many restaurants. A vibrant, saturated red is said to raise the heart rate and can be quite uncomfortable to live with; however, a muted version is luxurious and cosy.”

How to select paint colour for the mood you want to achieve

“A mix of the beautiful blues and greens in the teal palette complement any style and create a feeling of serenity and depth.”

How to select paint colour for the mood you want to achieve

“Blue is known as the most calming colour in the spectrum. It represents security, orderliness and tranquillity and is often used in areas where a calming effect is required.”

How to select paint colour for the mood you want to achieve

“Black is a powerful colour. When softened with other colours it can create the ultimate style statement. Sophisticated and classy, black is best used as an accent colour to balance and ground a room.”

How to select paint colour for the mood you want to achieve in your home

There you have it! What colours are you obsessing over at the moment?

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