Colour has been used for centuries as a way to influence how people feel and behave. So deliberately incorporating colours in our home décor can be a subtle way of creating an optimal home environment brings out the best in everyone.
The beauty of adding pops of colour through art or furnishings is that you can easily play with different colours and shades until you find what works best in a particular place. Do you prefer your kitchen to be calming and relaxing, or sunny and optimistic? Maybe you want to enjoy a different feel in summer and winter. Then play around with wall art and other items to create the atmosphere you want!
Here we look at the different energies that red, orange, yellow, green and blue can bring to your home:
“Red protects itself. No colour is as territorial. It stakes a claim, is on the alert against the spectrum.” Derek Jarman
A daring colour that commands attention, red is associated with energy, ambition and determination. Its invigorating presence can liven up both mind and body, and research has shown that the colour red causes people to react with greater speed and force. Often alerting us to danger, red has been shown to raise our heart rate and body temperature.
And while generally associated with passion, a UK study suggested that red in the bedroom actually results in less passion than some other colours.
“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow”. Wassily Kandinsky
Less demanding and assertive than red, and less playful and carefree than yellow, the colour orange is creative, enthusiastic and optimistic. It radiates warmth, and is said to increase mental energy and foster courage.
“We find from experience that yellow excites a warm and agreeable impression.... The eye is gladdened, the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe toward us.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Goethe's Theory of Colours
A splash of yellow can brighten up any part of your home, and inject a little bit of carefree happiness. But be careful not to overdo it – a little goes a long way!
“Green is associated with vigour and freshness and is hence symbolical of youth, the spring of life. Poets call it cheerful. It is the symbol of hope and immortality; the figure of old Saturn or Time is crowned with evergreen.” – George Field, Chromatography, 1835–1841
The colour green is synonymous with growth, good health, and all-round positivity. Just think about how we use green in our everyday lives: at traffic lights, green means go, and in general, green is a sign that all is well and on track.
Green is also well loved for its calming, relaxing qualities, and its connection with nature can help create a more mindful, spiritual atmosphere.
“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural … The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.” – Wassily Kandinsky
A colour often associated with natural elements like the sky and water, blue can be calming and serene and is said to lower the heart rate and body temperature. It tends to be viewed as a non-threatening colour, and a sign of trust, stability and reliability. Think about how many companies who want to reinforce their trustworthiness use blue in their logos: Ford, HP, Skype, Facebook to name just a few.
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