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Home Decor: How colour affects your interior space

Picking the right colour for the right space can be very tricky and with studies showing that colour has a big impact on our moods, behaviours and even the perception of a space, it is understandable why. 

This could be attributed to two main factors - learned association and probably evolutionary adaptation. Red, for example, stimulates our senses and is connected to excitement and danger. Our heart rates increase and we breathe faster, and studies has also shown that sports teams that wear read win 60% of the time - possibly because the colour intimidates the opposing team. 

If we head over to the opposite side of the spectrum to blue, it is has the exact opposite effect. It is a calming colour that is often conducive to creativity. 

This opposite spectrum theory can be expanded to include all colours, dividing them into two categories. Warm and Cool - let us take a look at these first.

Warm versus cool



Reds, oranges and yellows for example are warm colours and can evoke feelings of excitement and in some cases even stimulate appetite. Therefore it would make sense to use these colours in areas such as the kitchen.

Cooler and earthier colours help create a welcoming and soothing environment, which is why areas where socialising such as living rooms or dining rooms would benefit from a neutral palette. It is also a great idea to use these neutral colours for countertops in the kitchen because they allow you to focus on what you are doing - no cut fingers here!

Now that we understand the difference between warm and cool colours, we take a look at some of the most common colours used in our homes and how they might affect you.

White



The colour white is most commonly used in areas where we want to invoke a sense of hygiene and cleanliness. This is why it is most often used in bathrooms and kitchens. The added benefit of using white is the fact that it makes a space seem more spacious because it reflects light.

The hue of white you choose will make the difference here as there are shades that are warmer and then obviously cooler shades as well. Choosing a warmer shade of white such as cream will make the room seem less sterile. White also creates a great canvas for textures to be incorporated into your design. Think wood accents or speckled tiles.

Blues



Blue has long been associated with depth, space, authority and serenity and it is also considered the most popular colour in the world. Some studies have revealed that 57% of men and 35% of women choose blue when asked about their favourite colour. 

Painting a room in light shades of blue can also help a person feel cooler - a great trick for a warm room. Bathrooms with shades of blue and green against a white backdrop creates the illusion of water and also makes a person feel like they have just stepped into a spa-like environment.

Earth Tones: Green and Brown 




When we think of these two colours, we immediately think about nature - which is why we feel calmer when we are in a space with these colours. Browns can be used as a neutral base colour to make you feel a greater sense of stability while tones of green will remind you of renewal and growth. The harmonious blend of greens and browns are also great for making any room into an oasis of peace with a warm and inviting environment.

Greys



Many might consider gray to be a boring colour but in recent years it has made a big splash in contemporary interior designs due to the balance and elegance it brings to a space. You are not imagining it when you are feeling more balanced in a space with gray hues as this is exactly what it was intended to do. When paired with contrasting colors like red and white, gray provides balance and serves well to seamlessly connect lighter colors with darker colors.




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