Colour, and how it influences us

Angela Wilson
Written by Angela Wilson
Russells Consultant
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If you are looking for a simple way to update a room or inject some colour into your home, new blinds or curtains could be the answer you are looking for. Choosing colours for your home can be a daunting task, ultimately you should choose a colour that you love, but it isn't always easy to know what will work with your space. We have collated some information about colours, how they look in rooms and how they influence the way your feel, to give you some colour inspiration.

Keep in mind that darker colours such as black, navy, dark green and red are more likely to fade, especially in rooms that have a great deal of natural sunlight.

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How the colour blue influences us:

Blue is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms due to its calming and relaxing properties. It is also good in high traffic areas like kitchens. Blue can be used to cool down a hot sunny room.

  • Calm, sedate and can lower blood pressure
  • Sense of cooling
  • Builds confidence
  • Most productive colour

How the colour red influences us:

Red is a very immediate colour, appearing closer than it is it can make rooms feel smaller. It is best suited to living spaces such as the dining room or lounge where people gather.

  • Increases enthusiasm, excitement and can increase blood pressure
  • Stimulates energy, passion and strong emotion
  • Encourages action, confidence and appetite
  • Draws people together and stimulates conversation

How the colour orange influences us:

Orange is ideal for workout rooms, play rooms and offices. It is similar to red, stimulating the appetite so can be a good choice for kitchens or dining rooms.

  • Warming, sensuous and uplifting
  • Stimulates hunger and enthusiasm
  • Reduces self-consciousness and makes you feel young
  • Promotes creativity, energy and fun

Ferdinand by Clarke & Clarke in Sunset

How the colour yellow influences us:

Yellow is uplifting and happy, making it ideal for entrances, kitchens, bathrooms and dining rooms. If you need to make a small space seem bigger, yellow is a good solution as it can make rooms feel more expansive and welcoming. Keep it out of the nursery as studies have shown that babies cry more in a yellow room.

  • Enhances intelligence and mental agility
  • Stimulates the mind, body and emotions
  • Activates memory and increases concentration
  • Encourages happiness and creativity

How the colour green influences us:

Green is suited for almost any room in the house, combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow. It is suggested in old wives tales that green is thought to help with fertility, so it could be a good choice for the bedroom.

  • Soothing, and restful on the eye
  • Relaxing mentally as well as physically
  • Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
  • Promotes togetherness and stimulating conversation

How the colour purple influences us:

Purple in lighter hues has similar restful properties of the colour blue without the cooling effect. This makes it perfect for creating relaxing bedrooms. For a richer, dramatic look try a darker hue for accent pieces.

  • Uplifting
  • Calming to the mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality and wisdom
  • Encourages creativity and success

Lotta by Scion in Poppy / Biscuit

How the colour brown influences us:

Brown adds warmth and depth to a room making it feel more welcoming. It is a good neutral base for any interior design scheme.

  • Feeling of safety and stability
  • Encourages rest and recovery
  • Grounded with a connection to the Earth
  • Offers a sense orderliness

How the colour white influences us:

White creates an open, airy and tranquil feel when used inside the home. It makes a room feel more spacious, open and refreshing. Care has to be taken so that white doesn’t overwhelm the space and make it feel cold, sterile or high maintenance.
  • Aids mental clarity
  • Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles
  • Absence of pain
  • Enables fresh beginnings

How the colour black influences us:

Black can make rooms seem smaller and is best suited to use as an accent colour in small amounts. It is very dramatic and good for showing off other colours to their best effect.

  • Feeling emotionally safe
  • Encourages a restful emptiness
  • Stimulates a sense of potential and possibility
  • Sophistication and elegance

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