Blank Canvas: What Colour Says About You

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So you have decided to paint your new home and are flicking through the latest interior design magazines trying to decide the best colours for your rooms.  There are so many! How on earth do you choose?  It all depends on the type of person you are and what you want to feel when you are in the room.  So let’s have a quick look at what colours say about you.

Colour affects different people in a number of ways.  Some can be energised by it whilst others can find that the same colour brings their mood down.  This makes choosing the colour for home really important, get it wrong and you could be bouncing off the walls instead of settling down to sleep, or feeling sluggish and sad in your kitchen.


Red is brilliant if you want to raise the energy of a room.  It is one of the most intense colours we have.  In a living room or dining room you will find it stimulates conversation and draws people together.  Painting a hallway red will give your visitors a strong first impression.  This is a ‘we aren’t messing around here’ kind of colour.  Red is not ideal for the bedroom because it can speed up your heart rate and raise your blood pressure.  Of course you can always mute it down by using light to diffuse it a little, giving you a rich and elegant feel in your room.  


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If you want to capture the joy of sunshine and spread an air of happiness then yellow is the perfect choice.  Used in kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms it will energise and uplift you.  Using the colour in your hallway or small rooms will help create the illusion of space and will make a pokey space appear more welcoming.  Just be slightly careful with this colour.  Whilst it is a cheery hue people are more likely to lose their temper around the colour.  Babies cry more in yellow rooms.  However doctors believe the the colour yellow stimulates the nerves and helps to purify the body.  Use with caution.


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Black, white, brown and grey are the go to colours if you want flexibility.  You can add vibrant colour or take it away to calm things down.  Black is best as an accent colour, interior design experts suggest using it in every room to give depth.  But this could be achieved by using black photo frames or small furnishings.


teal Canvas blue or green color

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Whilst it seems to be less popular in home design, green is actually a very restful colour for the eye and is suited to any room in the house.  It is popular in kitchens and perfect for the living room.  Green has a calming effect and helps relieve stress.  It is also suggested that it can help with fertility so a good choice for the bedroom.

The most important thing to remember is that it is you that will be living with these colours.  It doesn’t matter so much if your yellow spare room sends Aunt Doris into a midnight craze.  You have to live in this house, so go for colours that make you feel positive.  Regardless of any rules!


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