Home Designers Perth: How Colours Can Affect Your Mood
- Published on 14 May 2012
Are you choosing colours for your new home? Or just feel like adding a bit of colour to your home? Before you go ahead painting every room a different colour of the rainbow, you might want to think about how that colour reflects the room’s usage.
The colour you choose for your walls can actually have a great impact on your mood, so it is important not only to choose a colour that suits your personal preferences, but also to consider what the colours we choose for our home really mean!
Blue – Shades of blue are perfect in the bedroom or bathroom, inspiring feelings of calmness, relaxation and serenity. Blue is said to decrease blood pressure and slow the heart rate. Pastel blues can appear chilly if used in rooms with little natural light though, and should be balanced with warmer hues in your fabric and furnishing choices. Warmer blues, such as periwinkle and turquoise work wonders for relaxation in living rooms and large kitchens, while dark blue should be avoided as it releases emotions of sadness.
Green – Shades of green are suited to almost any room. Green is the most restful colour for the eye and so has a calming effect when used as the main colour in a room. In the kitchen, shades of sage cool and freshen, while green used in the family/living areas encourages relaxation with warmth that promotes comfort and togetherness. Green used in the bedroom is a relaxing colour, and also said to relieve stress and help with fertility!
Yellow – Yellow brings joy and sunshine to your room. Used in entry ways it is expansive and welcoming, while in kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms it is stimulating and uplifting. It is the most fatiguing colour on the eyes though, so should be used minimally.
Orange – Oranges boast excitement and enthusiasm and really liven up a room. Ancient cultures believed orange increased energy levels, so this colour works well in home gyms to get you in the mood for exercise! Keep orange out of living rooms and bedrooms; places where you want to promote relaxation.
Red – Red is a very stimulating colour, and can be used to increase the energy levels of a room. In dining rooms it arouses conversation, while in entry ways it creates a very strong impression. Shades of red should be avoided in the bedroom though, as they are too stimulating and can evoke irritability.
Purple – Dark tones of purple, such as eggplant, have a rich, dramatic and sophisticated effect. They inspire luxury and creativity and work well in entry ways and formal lounges. Lighter versions, such as lilac and lavender, work well in bedrooms as these shades promote restfulness without that iciness that shades of blue can sometimes emit.
Neutrals (black, grey, white, brown) – Neutral colours are incredibly flexible. You can then add colour details to liven up the room, or maintain neutrality for calmness. Light colours are expansive and airy and they make rooms seem larger and brighter, while browns blend inside with outside. Black can be used minimally to accent a feature and give depth.
For a little more inspiration on what colours work best in each room, take a look at some of our Perth display homes!