Are you redecorating? Which paint colours are best to improve your mood?
PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 May 2020
Two Suffolk-based interior experts share their advice on the best colour schemes to boost your wellbeing.
Summer is just around the corner, and with people finding themselves with more time on their hands, many are looking to give their home interiors a refresh.
It’s well-known that colours can affect a person’s mood and overall wellbeing, and while we’re spending more time at home lately, it’s important that we go for hues that help create a harmonious home.
But with an entire spectrum of colours to choose from – where do you start?
Two Suffolk-based interior design experts, Julie Curle of Jules Home Interiors and Jane Cappleman, share their tips on how to create a happy, healthy and positive home through the power of colour.
According to Julie, there are five main colours that can help create a happier room within your home. “Yellow, green, blue, pink and red,” she said. “Just think of the outdoors – sunshine, the coast, fields, blue skies and meadows. Bringing the outside in is a popular inspiration for colour schemes.”
While colours such as red might seem daunting, there are ways to ease them into the home. Julie said: “Some of these colours can be quite overpowering. However, like any other colours, these come in bright, dark, mid or soft tones.”
For those looking to dip their paintbrush into the brighter end of the spectrum, Jane suggests playing around and using bright colours as accents or feature walls.
To create a more calming and relaxing atmosphere at home, there are two colours that spring to mind for Julie. “Green and blue”, she said. “Green is said to have a calming effect when used as a main colour for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax, making it a great choice for the bedroom, lounge or children’s bedrooms.
“Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and heart rate – that is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms.”
Jane agrees with green and blue, and added: “If the right colour and tone is used, then blue can be both calm and uplifting – making it such a versatile colour. Duck egg blues and leafy greens also induce a warm and relaxing feel in any room.”
If blue and green aren’t to your taste however, there are alternative ways of giving your home calmness through colour. “For a more relaxing room, muted tones are always a good bet,” Jane said. “Different shades of the same colour can make the scheme more interesting.
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“Using three tones of the same colour can give a muted scheme a bit of an uplift, and I have used light, medium and dark versions of the same colour with great results,” she said.
With certain colours associated with calm and happiness, there are some shades that our experts suggest you use with caution throughout the home.
Red, for instance, has been shown to raise a person’s blood pressure and heart rate, and is best left out of certain rooms. “It is considered too stimulating for bedrooms and lounges,” Julie said.
“Blue is associated with rest, and provides a cooling environment which leads to a decreased appetite, so unless you are planning to put yourself and your guests on a diet, steer clear of blue hues in the dining areas,” she added.
To avoid any undue stress by realising you’ve picked the wrong colour after you’ve painted a whole room, our experts share their top tips for making sure you don’t end up with decorator’s remorse.
“The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a colour is to choose one used in a glossy magazine or in an image found online,” Jane explained. “Surface texture and lighting can change a colour dramatically, so the best thing to do is to invest in some sample pots and paint swatches in every corner, reassessing it in both artificial and natural light.”
“Just keep in mind that light colors make a space look larger and darker colors make a room feel smaller,” Julie added.
If minimalism is what brings you calm and happiness however, there are still ways to inject subtle pops of colour throughout a room, without going overboard, or even committing with paint.
“I would go big with dramatic pieces such as oversized, colourful lamps or statement cushions,” Jane said. “For an instant effect which does not need to be permanent, a large vase of blousy flowers can really lift a room.”
If you’re someone who likes to change their colours with the seasons, Julie has a remedy for that. “In the winter months, choose dark, lush, cozy items such as velvets and wools in strong colours.
“Then in the summer, change them for light, crisp, cool colours – think lots of linen, cotton and natural fibres. Just by making these small changes, the room will have a different feel without having to change the whole design.”
But the most important thing to remember when decorating your home? “Just remember to have fun,” Julie said. “Be brave with paint. There are some amazing colours out there, so don’t be afraid to experiment. If it doesn’t look right or you get bored, it is so easy to change, and less expensive than wallpapering.”
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