Some people can be a little wary about choosing colour for their home – and with valid reason. As well as having a visual impact, colour can also subliminally affect your mind, and consequently, your emotional response in that space. Blue, for example, is thought to bring confidence and a feeling of security, whereas orange is seen as being an uplifting and adventurous colour. In every room, the colour ratio should be split between walls (60%), upholstery (30%) and accessories (10%), so when introducing a new or different colour, start small with luxury chhions: they’re a quick, easy and affordable way to bring colour to any space.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding which colours to choose for each of the different rooms in your home.
How can you add colour to your bedroom?
As we spend around one-and-a-half years of our life in bed (and possibly more if you’re fortunate enough to get a lie-in!), it’s important to make your bedroom as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Warming neutral tones such as cream and taupe have soothing and calming connotations, making them a great base colour for walls or upholstery in a bedroom. Cream cushions incredibly versatile as they can be combined with any other other colour. Choose one with texture such as velvet, fur or embroidery, to provide extra depth and a touch of luxury.
Why do you need colour in your living room?
In many homes, the living room is at the centre of relaxed social gatherings. From a morning cup of tea to an evening curled up on the sofa in front of a good box set, a living room needs to be somewhere comfortable that you and your guests want to spend time, so first and foremost, choose a colour you really love. Whilst some may think of it as daring, red is actually a natural choice for a living room or dining room: this energizing hue is thought to encourage conversation and stimulate the appetite, creating a lively atmosphere. But if you don’t feel ready for red walls or upholstery, then red cushions – such as the renewal range– are a great way to bring in a burst of strong colour.
So when choosing colours for your home, dig a little deeper into the colour psychology behind them. Think about the purpose of each room, how much time you’ll be spending in there and what feeling you want to create. Even the smallest change like swapping your existing cushions for different coloured ones could completely alter the ambience for any visitors to your home, and you might notice it has a positive effect on your own well-being too.