Colour plays such a strong part in our emotions, so it’s worth considering how different colours make us feel and behave in a space. It’s important that when you start to redesign your home you ask yourself what you do in a room. This will affect practical things like layout, furniture and storage, even lighting. But what colour you choose is also essential in helping to create a space that works for you on every level.
Take a look at our series of advice from interior designer, Sophie Robinson, on Which Colour For Which Room?
I think this is a real ‘Marmite’ colour and can really polarise opinion. Deep aubergine shades communicate luxury and wealth, while paler lilac shades are gentler and have similar connotations to pale pink. Shades of purple are linked with spirituality so a great colour to introduce in a meditation room or yoga studio. Or consider it for a bathroom if it’s a place you like to go to relax and unwind.
This is one of the most high-energy colours you can have in your home and interestingly you rarely see it as a wall colour but it adds real POW as an accent. I love to use it as an accent armchair or a pair of table lampshades. It’s hot and warm and instantly makes a room feel cosy. Beware that it can make people feel aggravated and even aggressive, so it’s a terrible colour choice for relaxing spaces.
While related to red, pink has a completely different effect. In the palest shades it’s very soft and nurturing and so a great colour for bedrooms. It’s really like a lovely hug for the soul! It’s been branded a very feminine colour for so long but I hope people’s perceptions are finally changing. There have been blush pinks that move through to grey, which has helped them feel more gender neutral. Indeed, I think a pale warm pink makes a great alternative to beige as a neutral background in any room. Arguable, because it’s so soft and relaxing it’s not a great colour for spaces that you need to feel motivated in – like a gym! A very hot bright pink takes on some of red’s energy, so again for me a hot pink is something I’d only use as an accent. It’s a great colour to stop more serious colours like grey, navy or black take themselves too seriously.
Like red, yellow is high on energy. It’s the colour of happiness and just communicates positivity. I love to use yellow in my home for these reasons and have a pop in almost every room. However like red, I can’t roll it out on the walls as it’s too full-on. In a sunny room it would become overbearing and I don’t believe you can cheat a dark room into looking ‘sunny’ by painting it yellow. It’s a great colour to use in social spaces like hallways and a breakfast room for example. Terrible choice for bedrooms. Don’t expect your kids to sleep in a yellow nursery.