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Monday 3 June 2013

Change your colour – change your mood!

It is a well-known notion that different colours can invoke different moods within us and that we can use this to our advantage in our own homes. Decorating the different rooms in your house with certain colour schemes can help add atmosphere and create pleasant spaces for you and your family. If you are looking for a colour injection in your home but don’t know where to begin, take a look at this handy guide to choosing the right colour to suit your mood.

Blue is the colour to choose if you are looking for relaxation and calm. After a stressful day at work, unwinding in a blue living room or bedroom can really help relieve tension and reduce worry. Blue is also a good colour if you have trouble falling asleep. Soft, muted tones and perhaps custom window blinds to keep out bright light and really aid your sleep and allow you to get the full night’s sleep that you need.

This is the colour of passion and excitement and is perfect for those people looking to liven up their home. Living rooms and kitchens are the best rooms for a red makeover as they are often the rooms at the heart of the home where everyone gathers. You can lighten up reds with cream and white accessories, or make it richer and darker with mahogany wood or wrought iron fixings.

While blue is considered restful, green is thought to be the peaceful colour and is perfect for virtually any room in the house. Connected with nature and the outdoors, green colours can brighten up your home and warm it up at the same time. It is also very versatile and goes with nearly every other colour so making a colour scheme work well if fairly straightforward.

This is a bright and cheery colour that helps you to feel happier and full of energy. When painting a room yellow, go for places like bathrooms or kitchens. Having yellow walls in these rooms will give you motivation to get things done, like cook up a lovely meal or get ready for a night out. If you want to use yellow in your bedroom, go for lighter shades and match it with darker accessories in blue or brown to make a fantastic contrast.

A rich and vibrant colour often associated with luxury, purple is more likely to be used as a secondary colour due to its strong tones. If you do want to use it as a colour for walls and ceilings, go for a lighter shade such as lavender or lilac. When using darker shades such as plum and blackcurrant, it is best used as a colour for your accessories and furnishings.

Neutral colours such as white, black and grey are the most flexible colours to choose and there are countless possibilities when looking to decorate your home. Whether you decide to go modern with tarnished metal furnishings and a glass coffee table or traditional with leather armchairs and a marble fireplace – neutrals are the way to go if you want a stylish and welcoming look.

This article was written by Amanda Walters, a freelance journalist, blogger, poet and an artist. She is a regular contributor to various websites including HuffingtonPost, and DailyWaffle. She loves to network, attending events across the UK. Follow her on twitter @Amanda_W84

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