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.
“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.”
Pink is the ultimate colour of femininity. Ranging from soft pink to hot fuchsia, it’s associated with love and romance.
“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.”
“Green is the most common colour in nature and represents balance. It is considered to have a refreshing and revitalising effect.”
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.
“A colour as powerful as orange can create a strong statement. It is emotionally stimulating, energising and vibrant.”
“Browns are associated with being ‘down to earth’. Brown represents reliability, security and responsibility and creates a feeling of warmth and comfort,” says Wendy.
“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.”
“A mix of the beautiful blues and greens in the teal palette complement any style and create a feeling of serenity and depth.”
“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.”
“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.”
There you have it! What colours are you obsessing over at the moment?
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