Colour your World –

In decorating, colour choices both reflect our personality, and can have an influence on our moods and thoughts. It is therefore recommended to surround yourself with the colours that produce the best you. Are you drawn to a colour or tone when choosing furnishings, or do you feel more comfortable in a certain room of your home? Take note of the colours you are surrounding yourself with. Colour choice can also be influenced by your age, gender, ethnic background, the climate or season.

Colour, pending shades and tones, receives a similar reaction from people. In some cases, a hint of colour may just be what is needed to lift a space.

In a previous blog we discussed the connection between art and personality (link). Here we will investigate the science behind mood and colour while giving you inspiration to add colour to your world.

We have all heard the saying – I see Red! Red raises a room’s energy level and pumps adrenaline like no other hue. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. In the right combination red can be a great choice, perhaps an addition of red in a piece or art?

Here's a few examples of Red - use the arrow to view more ...

Rachael Robertson–Where Land Meets Water, Poppies in Vase; Dianne Clark- Eclectus Parrot .. looking for her mate ..; Kym Gow - Adrenalin Rush

Yellow, another primary colour, captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. Yellow is an excellent addition for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. Adding yellow in the hall, entry or small spaces can give the impression of being more spacious and welcoming. Be wary of too much yellow however, as it has been known to create feelings of frustration and anger. Yellow is believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body, as used in chemotherapy. In small doses, yellow is a useful colour addition. Here's some Yellow artwork to view - arrow for more examples ...

Lorraine Brown – Colour of Hope; Kirsty Griffiths – East meets West; Diane Clark – Aerial view from my travels; Gail McKenzi – Yellow landscape

Our third primary colour, blue, is said to bring down blood pressure, slow respiration and the heart rate. Choosing a relaxing blue water scene will produce a calming effect for bedrooms and bathrooms. Warm blues, bright cerulean or turquoise can encourage relaxation in social areas such as family rooms, living rooms or large kitchens while pastel blue, particularly with natural light and warm furnishings, can look very pretty. Dark blue tones have been known to evoke the feelings of sadness. Not to be eliminated – this is a great choice for that dramatic art piece! Some Blue scenes below - use the arrow to view more ...

Janine Cairnes – Surfs up’, Canal Rocks; Evgenia Moore – Without Titel; Deborah Zimbah – Estuary Run; Celeste Hilmer – Natural Turbulance

Green, the combination of blue and yellow, and the prominent colour of flora is considered the most restful to the eye. In the kitchen green cools things down, while in the family room or living room green encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Green is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. It is also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.

Here's a few examples of Green - use the arrow to view more ...

Vanessa Liebenberg – Weavers Birds III; Evgenia Moore – Dancing Flowers; Lorraine Brown – An Elegant Show; Di Parsons – Into the Abyss

Purple, in its darkest values is rich, dramatic and sophisticated. Purple sits between red and blue on the colour wheel. It is associated with luxury and creativity and gives an element of richness. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful blue qualities to rooms, particularly good for the bedroom. Purple options of art below. Click the arrow to view more ...

Kaye Devlin – Tapestry; Rachel Robertson – Perth Skyline; Kym Gow - Cleopatra

Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm and is an energetic colour perfect for an exercise room. Considering that orange is a combination of red and yellow this is no great surprise. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

Needing Orange? - use the arrow to see more ...

Bill Hawthorne – Into the Unknown; Dianne Clark – Poppies in animated conversation; Chantelle Beckett – Roberg 1; Evgenia Moore – The Carousel

Now onto black and white. Connections of neutral tones - grey, white, brown and black - are versatile and can be a standout to a room that is already full of colour. White can add simplicity and freshness to a room while black produces depth and a grounding of the colour scheme. Here's a few examples of Neutral Tones - use the arrow to view more ...

Celeste Hilmer – City Sounds; Janine Cairnes – Mr P; Jenny Tunnacliffe – Mesmerising; Virginia Baker-Woolfe – Winter Moon

So now it is up to you to take note on the influence of the colours in your home. Surround yourself with colours that you like – perhaps that hint of spice that might give your that extra lift!


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