The way in which you decorate your home can be an extension of your personality, but the colours you choose can have a huge impact on the mood the room creates. We use each space in our homes for different things, and so the shades we see should reflect that. If you’re intrigued by the psychology of colour, then here’s how a tone can affect your mood, and the ways in which to incorporate the right shades in your home.
Your bedroom is arguably the most important room in your home, as its where you start and end the day. It should be a place where you can relax, unwind and most importantly sleep. Therefore, the colours you use to decorate it should also create the right atmosphere to achieve this.
The bed is the main focal point of the room, and so the linen and the way you dress it, will make up the majority of the colours that you see. This means investing in a designer bedding set is well worthwhile. For example, in the Designers Guild luxurious bedding collection, you can choose a range of colours in bold floral prints, statement stripes or opulent plains to evoke the right mood for your room.
The colour blue has been proven to be the most relaxing, with calming properties that can help you get to sleep. It also brings the outdoors in, as it’s reminiscent of peaceful skies or water. Whether its through the furnishing fabrics, accessories or the paint on the walls, decorating with blue can have a profound effect on the tranquillity and serene mood of the bedroom.
Pastel pinks can also be a welcome addition to the bedroom, as it’s associated with peace, love and romance. Again, shades of blossom and rose draw on nature for inspiration, and are particularly calming when paired with grey tones or used in luxurious furnishing fabrics.
The living room is likely the place where we spend the most time, and needs a colour that suits the variety of activities this room sees. Natural tones of green in your decoration can be both relaxing and energising, and so it’s the perfect colour for the multiple purposes of the room.
Tones of sage or jade should be added to spaces that are calm, such as throws or cushions on the sofa, whereas deeper or brighter tones can be added in picture frames or wallpaper for the area that is used for home working or reading.
These green tones can also be brought into the home through plants and flowers, that naturally add a pop of colour to the room. Plus, you’ll get the benefit of the cleaner air and atmosphere that they provide, evoking further the mood set in the living room.
Kitchen & Dining Room
The kitchen and dining room are spaces of functionality yet fun, where you cook, eat, entertain, and perhaps even work from home. There are many colours suited to these rooms and can help create the atmosphere for all the moods that it encompasses.
The best options are the most neutral colours such as grey, cream, beige or even white. This allows the room to be as light and airy as possible, and can act as a base colour to add in other elements in your furnishings or table linen. Adding pops of yellow in your kitchen or dining room is also a good idea, as this is the optimum colour of happiness and will create a sense of joy.