When you think about decorating your home, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. You have to think about budget, personal taste and the mood that you want to create in a room. You might not even consciously think about the way a colour affects the mood and you might just naturally pick colours that are similar or on a certain theme.
I have always picked quite bright colours in my rooms when I grew up. I had a pink room at one point when I shared a room with two sisters. When we moved and I got my own room, I had a yellow room. At one point I even had a lime green room (it was the trend then, honest). So I always went for lots of colour. I think I am generally a positive person and I much prefer sunny days and my favourite season is spring, so maybe that is the reason why? My taste has been subdued a little more now I own my home and have to cater for the husband’s more subtle taste too 😉
My favourite colours are pastel colours as a rule, but in particular yellow. There is no tried and tested method as to what works but the general rule seems to be that yellow is captures the joy of sunshine and can help to create a feeling of happiness. I think that it is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms. It opens up the space and makes it feel energised and uplifting. In small spaces, yellow can make it feel bigger and more welcoming. I just love bright and sunny rooms so yellow makes a great addition. I love spring so having lots of yellow daffodils and sunflowers around the home is a must for me!
Similar to yellow, orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic color. It is not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, though, I don’t think. A playroom or exercise room would be perfect for it, though (if only I had an exercise room)!
Our home currently has a lot of neutral colours, like grey, white, cream and brown. I know they are quite basic but their virtue lies in their flexibility. You can add accents of colour to liven things up and to share your mood. I like being able to brighten and energise the room with some yellow or orange accents or add purple for a rich, calm tone. Hence lots of yellow daffodils and cushions.
Here is a little bit about the psychology of colour:
What is your home mostly decorated like? Do you think it says anything about your personality?
Interesting, I hadn’t really thought about colours effecting mood, when choosing a colour scheme for a room. Our house is mostly natural creamy/ pastel shades with odd accents of colour on one wall of a room or curtains. Will be considering this more when we redecorate again! xx
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Wow, I love this and not something I’ve considered before. I’ve always heard about how blue is calming etc. but I hadn’t taken that into consideration when it comes to home design before. Great post! x
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I love pastel colours I feel that they are so relaxing whilst still injecting that bit of colour into a room.
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Oooh this is super interesting! I love reading about this sort of stuff. I tend to go towards Whites, Greys and calming colours in my house but maybe I need a bit of brightness in my life to boost our moods! #Love2Blog
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I’ve often heard that blue can be a really cold colour, I love that lemon though!
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It amazes me how our surroundings can affect of mood, even colour. Food for thought…
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We have subdued hues of magenta on the walls and the furniture is a mix of laquered White and natural wood. We spend most of our time in the kitchen area as it is very bright and given onto the garden.
Very interesting article, anyway, loved reading all the pointers.
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I need to inject more colour into our home! I always tend to go for the safe option when it comes to decorating and that’s no fun! x
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This is interesting. Colours effecting you mood is kind of new thing I heard. Thanks for sharing it. I really loved knowing it.