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Setting the tone

When decorating, the colours you choose will set the tone and mood of a room. They will also have an effect on those using the space as each colour can triggers a subconscious reaction.

Choosing the right colour for you

Picking a colour scheme will depend upon your taste and what feel you want in a room. Purple, for example, is a proud, regal colour, whereas turquoise is fresh and serene. Below we give you some hints and tips for using colour in your home decorating schemes.

Red – This is a bold choice and one which can really liven up a room depending on your chosen shade. Red conveys energy and warmth and can be extremely inviting. The colour is often used within interior design to grab the attention of those entering the room.

Things to consider: red can be over-stimulating if used in excess. Often, designers choose to use red sparingly to add a splash of colour to a room or create a focal wall and brighten a neutral space.

Orange Decorating with orange hues is a fabulous choice for a living room or any space in which groups of people will be socialising or relaxing together. The colour represents warmth, as does red, but it is softer on the eye and so also comforts.

Things to consider: orange rooms tend to feel homely, however, it’s important to allow lots of natural light into rooms decorated with orange as the colour can make a space feel claustrophobic if used in excess.

Blue Shades of blue are firmly at the other end of the spectrum to the warmth of oranges and reds. Blue shades can soothe and offer calm coolness. Blue is believed to be an intellectual colour which promotes peaceful, contemplative thought, so would fit well within a study or a bedroom, aiding relaxation and sleep.

Things to consider: dark blues can appear cold and unwelcoming whereas pastel blues can appear washed out and create the same effect. Warm blues will offer you the comfort you need within a home. Pairing a warm blue (those with a purple bias rather than a green bias) with white bedroom furniture will balance the room nicely and provide a lift without detracting from the cosy feel of a purple/blue hued room.

An excellent colour for promoting balance. Green is considered to be a colour close to nature and with strong bonds to feelings of harmony, serenity and peace. It is considered to be a positive colour with therapeutic qualities. You will often see green used within hospitals or healthcare buildings.

Green bedroom
Green bedroom

Things to consider: green also represents envy and dark tones can be too brash when used heavily within design. To get the best from this colour, use cooler, lighter shades within your home.

Yellow – This upbeat colour is used to denote positivity and cheerfulness. Yellow brightens a room and reminds us of summer sunshine. Using yellow within a living space will help you to hold on to the relaxed, carefree feeling of long summer nights all year round.

Yellow living room
Yellow living room

Things to consider: this colour can hinder rest and relaxation. It’s a ‘busy’ shade and one which stimulates. Used in a bedroom you could find that it prohibits a restful night’s sleep.

We’re all different and our relationships with colour will vary greatly, so you may find that what works for you differs to another’s experience. The only way to pin down your perfect colour is to get started – so grab some tester pots, try out new shades and see what fits you best. Enjoy!