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How To Choose The Right Colours For Your Home

Colour scheme cardsThe colour of your walls can greatly affect your mood and the atmosphere of your home, therefore choosing the right colour can be a daunting task. Everyone has their own favourites and look for different things from their preference so choosing whatever makes you happy is key. This colour guide is a starting point to help you decide which direction to head in when you choose the right colours for your home.


Red symbolises romance, excitement and passion. It is a rich colour often associated with luxury and opulence. It is a great colour for the living room or dining room as it stimulates conversation.

It can also be overpowering so painting one feature wall red and the rest with a neutral colour will lead to fewer headaches. Accessorising a room with red is also a great option. Red is also a symbol of anger and is quite over stimulating so avoid using it in children’s bedrooms as it can unsettle them. It is also not a great idea for adult’s bedrooms either, as it will not aid in relaxation.


Yellow is the colour of sunshine and happiness. It is perky, energizing and uplifting. This colour is a brilliant choice for your home office as it stimulates your intellect. Also suitable for kitchens and bathrooms and for living and dining areas.

Yellow, although it is a cheery colour, is best used in moderation, as it can create feelings of frustration and anger. It can also cause fatigue to the eye when looked at for long periods of time, so is best in small doses.


Blue represents calm, serenity and relaxation. It is the ideal colour for bedrooms and bathrooms. It also spurs productivity so great for the home office as well.

Lighter, pastel shades of blue are better than darker shades, as they tend to evoke feelings of sadness instead of tranquility. Darker shades will also make a room appear smaller and more claustrophobic, so it is best for rooms with lots of natural light and big windows. Choosing the right shade is paramount as blue can also make a room look chilly and uninviting.


Green, the colour of nature, is soothing and restful. When used in the living room, it invokes comfort and in the bedroom it relieves stress and is said to aid fertility. Light greens will brighten a room and make it appear bigger.

Green can also make people more complacent so complementing green walls with a more stimulating colour such as red with help counter that effect.


Purple is rich and sophisticated and is the symbol of royalty. It is a strong, vibrant colour that is best used in moderation. It is a good choice for bedrooms as it is a symbol of fertility and has a restful quality.

Purple can be quite an overpowering colour so is best as for a feature wall or an accent colour.


White represents purity and innocence. It can instantly add light to a room and make it appear larger than it is. It is great for contrasting with other colours and bringing energy to a room. It can be used in virtually any room in your home. However, it can also make a room appear cold and bland, and is not very inspiring.

About The Author: Lana Joseph an entrepreneur and a freelance writer who writes about things that inspires and gets notified to her in society.  At present she writes about society, travel, food habits, office in the garden and home improvements.

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