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Room Colour and How it Affects Your Mood

Last Updated: May 27, 2014 11:19AM SGT
The colors of the rooms within your home need to bring out your individual personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects every day of our lives. Room color can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colors affects people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colors or groups of colors tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.
Understand that colors behave in three basic ways: active, passive, and neutral. You can easily match every room’s colors to your personal desires, to your taste taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance. Now let’s find out more about colors and what they can do to a room:
Room Colours and Their Effects
  • Raises the room’s energy level
  • Suitable for living room or dining room, as it draws people together and stimulates conversation
  • Shown to raise blood pressure, speed up respiration and heart rate
  • Communicates happiness
  • Perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms where happy colours are energizing and uplifting
  • Suitable for halls, entries and small spaces where yellow can feel expansive and welcoming
  • Calming, serene and relaxing
  • Suitable for bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Bring down blood pressure and slows down respiration and heart rate
  • While softer shades of blue have a calming effect, dark blue has an opposite effect as it evokes feelings of sadness so refrain from using dark blue as the main colour scheme
  • Considered the most restful colour for the eye
  • Combines the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suitable for almost any room in your house
  • In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness
  • Also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom
  • Has a calming effect when used as a main colour for decorating
  • Helps to relieve stress by helping people relax
  • Rich, dramatic and sophisticated
  • Associated with luxury and creativity, and as an accent or secondary colour, it gives a scheme depth
  • Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly
  • Evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic colour
  • Great for an exercise room as it will bring out all the motions that you need releases during your fitness routine
  • In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels
Neutrals (black, gray, white and brown):
  • Offers flexibility: add colour to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down
  • Black is best used in small doses as an accent
  • Experts suggests that every room needs a touch of black to ground the colour scheme and give it depth
Colour Effects on Walls and Ceiling
  • Ceilings that are lighter in colur than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower
  • “Lower” ceilings need not mean claustrophobioc: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy
  • As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger
Most importantly, choosing the colours for your room, you have to bear in mind that you will be the one living in it, and it has to reflect your own personality and who you are. Hopefully this post will help you discover which colour suits you best!
Source: Freshome

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