Pimlico estate agent, Andrew Reeves says,
“We choose colours in our home for lots of reasons- to add a splash of light, to bring out our favourite accessories, to keep up with interior design trends and to make ourselves feel good.”
Whatever the reason, it’s important to understand the impact of colour on our emotions- after all, if we live with it, it’s got to work for us.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular paint colours and what they can do for our minds and overall sense of wellbeing.
Often associated with happiness, yellow is a vibrant and energizing colour that’s great for kitchens and living rooms. The warmth can also add light to hallways and really lift your mood when you enter any room.
Denhan Guaranteed Rent warns-
“ It’s important that you pick the right tone of yellow for the room though- creamier tones are usually best for living areas and brighter, zesty lemons are great in kitchens”.
Linked to the colour of the sea and soft, summery skies, blue has a naturally calming effect which can actually lower the blood pressure and make us feel instantly relaxed. Wedgewood blue works particularly well with white and lots of blues are great with very dark woods. Whatever kind of blue you choose, it’s particularly well suited to bedrooms and any other places where you like to chill out and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
Not just for Barbie Dolls and Neon lights, pink can actually have a really beneficial effect on our minds and overall wellbeing. A 1960s study proved pink to be a powerful motivator that strangely helped to improve subjects’ muscle tone! It was also proven to help lower the heart rate and ease respiration- making it ideal for bedrooms and other restful parts of your home.
Sometimes (somewhat unfairly) linked to aggression, red is also a powerful motivator. When used in dining areas it’s believed to help stimulate your appetite and metabolism, which is why you’ll often find it in restaurants.Red is a great choice for busy areas of the home and anywhere you need to get people motivated- good news if you’ve got a room full of dusty gym equipment! It goes without saying that you’ll probably want to avoid such a bold colour in your sleepy areas, but if you want to inject a bit of passion into the bedroom a few splashes of red certainly won’t hurt.
Associated with health and wellbeing, green is one of the most calming colours out there. It makes us think of lush forests and freshly cut grass, evoking feelings of comfort and wellness and lending itself perfectly to anywhere you want to be tranquil and peaceful.
Battersea estate agent, Eden Harper summarises,
“Colour is a great way to inject a new lease of life into a home without spending a fortune. Just remember to get some tester pots and really think about it before going head first, and if you’re looking to sell, don’t be too bold!”