THE EFFECTS OF COLOUR IN INTERIOR DESIGN

The effects of colour in interior design

Colour plays an important part in our daily lives and the colours we either like or dislike have a mental and emotional effect on us. Colours both calm and stimulate us, ultimately influencing our state of mind. This is an important point to bear in mind when thinking about what colours to decorate with.

In colour therapy there are two main categories; warm and cool. If we take a look at the warm category first these are colours such as reds, yellows and oranges - warm colours trigger emotions ranging from comfort, warmth and passion through to anger. At the other end of the spectrum there are the cool colours - such as greens, blues and purples - these spark emotions of coolness, tranquillity and sometimes coldness.


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The effects of decorating with cool colours


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If you are looking to create zones within your house that promote a peaceful and calming environment then using greens or blue colours is a good choice as these are both restful on the eye and blue tones are said to lower blood pressure and calm the body. This makes these a perfect choice for busy family rooms and rooms that you spend a lot of time in.

If you work from home and you find your creativity levels dipping, then the answer could be to change the colour of your walls... to purple! Purple contains both red and blue and will therefore provide a balance of stimulation and serenity which encourages creativity. So no more excuse for that afternoon 3pm slump anymore.


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The effects of decorating with warm colours

If you want to add personality and instant appeal to a room then warm colours are perfect. Warm colours can make large spaces feel intimate and cosy and if you have a north-facing room they are ideal for making them appear lighter and warmer.

Because warm colours energise and tend to stimulate our moods, it is best to avoid using this colour palette in areas where you want to rest and relax such as the bedroom and bathroom.

Warm colours are great for kitchens and open plan areas which are often busy and vibrant. Yellow for instance is said to encourage a bright and optimistic mood so is often used in hallways to welcome guests, whilst red is known for passion and also increasing appetites so is a popular choice in kitchens.


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Obviously, when choosing colours to use in your home, you need to select ones you are fond of. It is vital to take into account the natural and artificial light in the room, your current decor and style and also think about how fashionable the colour is you want to use; is it a colour that is timeless or will it be a design fad?

If you are revamping or sprucing up your home, then our team at mrs stone store can help. We have a beautiful range of natural stone tiles in a variety of colours and finishes to suit your taste and help you create the perfect mood in your rooms.

For any extra information please get in contact with our team today to discuss your requirements.