Colours we choose to paint our rooms can affect our mood. Each colour can either help us perform our daily tasks or bring us down. Furthermore, light colours make rooms seem larger and brighter, so automatically you can feel more space, even if it is just an optical illusion; while dark colours give too large rooms a more intimate appearance.
Since colours have a different impact on people, it is good to learn some basic rules one can follow and thus create the desired atmosphere around.
Red is the most intense colour. It is generally considered to boost the energy level; hence it is ideal for daily used spaces. Red walls in a living room or dining room will stimulate conversation and bring people together. Contrary, red may not be the best choice for bedrooms. For example, crimson may evoke irritation and a feeling of rage. In particular, it may be best not to use it as a primary colour. Staying for too long in a crimson room may affect your inner peace and harmony. However, after dark, a red bedroom will take on a subdued and elegant look, especially if you add some bright accessories or candles. Undoubtedly, red rooms can be very stylish.
Yellow is a cheerful and uplifting colour. It is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it brings positive energy. However, yellow in large amounts may affect people negatively creating feelings of anger or frustration. That is why it is advised as the main colour scheme.
Orange is an energizing colour that brings a feeling of excitement. Because of its qualities, it is not a good idea for a living room or bedrooms but would work great for a gym/exercise room.
Blue has calming power that brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. It relaxes and creates heaven of peace. For that reason, freely use it in bathrooms and bedrooms where you look for peaceful rest. But the colour tones are essential. Painting a room very bright blue, for example, pastel blue hue can be a bit tricky though. The same colour that looks striking on a paint chip may seem cold and icy on a wall. If that happens, you should warm the room up with some warm-toned elements or furniture. Too dark colours may also have the opposite effect than desired and bring a feeling of sadness. To keep the calming effect and avoid the risk of depression, go for a lighter tone of blue. Alternatively, warm accents will cheer up space.
Green is the most restful colour of all – it is the colour of nature and freshness. Basically, it suits everywhere – it is calming and at the same time brings comfort and warmth. Green is believed to relieve stress when used as the dominant colour for decorating.
Purple rooms are inspirational as well as relaxing – all depends on which shade of purple you go for. Deep purple is associated with luxury and creativity, so choosing it for your office or art studio may enrich your perspective and bring original ideas. Bright purple, such as lavender and lilac, are considered calming, same as blue, but without risking chilly breeze.
Neutral colour pallet comprises black, grey, white, beige and brown. These are essential colours in decorating. You can mix them up as you want – add some to liven things up or subtract them to tone them down. Of course, black is best used only in small doses, as an accent.
You can say that every room needs a touch of neutral tint to give it depth and ground the colour scheme.
What are your feelings? What colour dominates in your homes? Please share your thoughts!