Colour is like a new haircut. It has the power to affect how you look and feel. For better or for worse. Which is why colour therapy is all about using colour to create well-balanced spaces and happier homes. Here’s how to colour-ise yours’ I WANT TO BE ENERGISED, BALANCED, RELAXED, STIMULATED & JOYFUL.
BE COLOUR WISE
Don’t ignore your gut feel. You may not respond to a colour the way colour psychology says you should. It’s not a precise science and your own colour history, cultural background and associations will play a role in your response to a particular shade. Always test various colours in a space and then go with what you feel.
Think of the space. When you consider a colour scheme for a room, bear its function in mind. Is it a space where you need to work or where you want to relax? You may need to adapt your colour choices accordingly.
Look at the light. Consider the size of the room and the amount of natural light it gets before choosing a colour. Light colours reflect more light and will make a small, dark space look bigger and brighter. Conversely, dark shades reflect less light and will help make a large, empty space look smaller and cosier.
Maintain a balance. Introduce warm touches to cool schemes and vice versa. And, instead of painting a room all one colour, which can be dull and monotonous, try to introduce colour harmonies.
FRIENDLY LIVING SPACE
The colour you choose for your living area should reflect your personality and set the tone for the mood you want to create, says Plascon Colour Manager Anne Roselt. “If you want a relaxing space, then blues or greens are perfect. Colours that have a lot of energy, like bright reds, oranges and yellows, are fun and sociable but can become overbearing – perhaps consider using them for a feature wall instead of the entire room.