Choosing colour for your home

Room colour can affect your mood and thinking, so it\’s worth your time to think about the colour you want in specific rooms. Colours can affect people in many ways, depending on age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Colour trends come and go, so you don\’t have to worry much about trends to make a beautiful home. This can only happen when you choose colours that reflect your own likes and personality. Colour has the ability to change the shape and size of furnishings as well as the shape and size of the room itself.  

Colours can affect your emotional, psychological as well as physical state. Ask yourself which mood you want to create with colours.  Did you know that red can increase appetite and stimulate conversation? That\’s why it’s a popular colour choice for fast-food outlets, or dinner party. Things that need to be taken account when selecting your colour schemes are style and location of your home, the aspect of the house and each room, the quantity of natural light, personal preferences as well as existing furnishings (or new ones you will be procuring).

Colours behave in three basic ways: active, passive, and neutral. Light colors are expansive and airy, they make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.

How colours behave and their effects

Red raises energy level, raises blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is a good choice if you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. Red draws people together and stimulates conversation in a living room or dining room. If used in an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Crimson can make some people feel irritable. It should be avoided as the main color of a room as being in a room with this coolur for long periods of time will likely cause disharmony.

Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness and is a good colour for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. Yellow can feel expansive and welcoming in hallways and small spaces. However, it should not be the main colour scheme of a room, as it can cause people to lose their tempers. When used as a main colour scheme it tends to create feeling of frustration and anger in people and causes tiredness on the eyes. 

Blue is considered a calming, relaxing, and serene colour and is known to bring down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. It is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. However, a pastel blue that looks good on a paint chip can be unpleasantly chilly applied on walls and furnishings, especially when there is little natural light. Balance blue with warm hues in the furnishings and fabrics if you\’re considering using it in a room. Consider using warm blues like periwinkle, or bright blues like cerulean or turquoise to encourage relaxation in rooms where people gather like living rooms, and large kitchen. Use light shades of blue for this as dark blue has the opposite effect, by invoking feelings of sadness. Refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme. 

Green combines the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, making it suitable for almost any room in the house. It is the most restful color for the eye. A sage or medium green in the kitchen help cool things down while in a family room or living room, it relaxes the mood but at the same time provide enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. It is considered a relaxing and pleasant colour, giving a calming effect when used as a main colour for decorating. It is said to relief stress and even helps in fertility, making it s a great choice for the bedroom. 

Purple colour in its lighter shades like lavender and lilac, promote the restful quality as blue in the bedroom. In its darkest values, like eggplant, it is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated and is associated with luxury as well as creativity. Used as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. 

Orange is a great colour for your exercise room, as it evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. 

Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) virtue lies in their flexibility. You can add colour to liven things up, or subtract it to calm things down. Use black in small amounts, especially as an accent, to give your room some depth and to ground the colour scheme.