Colour And Your Home – Vital Knowledge That You Need


Colour And Your Home – Vital Knowledge That You Need


Using colours in the home is a pretty popular decorating technique. Whether they are bright or subtle, the colour of our walls and the items that we have in our living space can make a big difference to how we feel. That is why it is important to understand how colour works. Read on for the low-down on Colour Theory and how to apply it to your home.

Psychology Of Colour

It is well known that certain colours are likely to encourage a particular emotional response in people. For example, red is often associated with love and romance, but it can also mean defiance and aggression. Similarly yellow can be seen as a friendly colour that exudes self-confidence and playfulness. While to some, it may have warning and danger associations. That is why you shouldn’t pick the colours in your home arbitrarily. In fact, some thought and consideration should go into what each colour and each shade of colour means to you. This will help you to see if it will work in your home for the long term.

Colour Theory

Then there is Colour Theory to consider. Colour Theory is based on a wheel design. Its central tenet is that colours that are next to each other on the wheel are analogous, so will go together well. It also states that colours that are opposite to each other on the wheel are complementary. So while they are quite different, they will also look pleasing together. This is important because a colour scheme for a room will often incorporate 3-4 colours. They need to be picked with these rules in mind so they will create a pleasant effect.


When we consider colour in in the home, we most often think about the colours that we paint our walls. However, it is always a choice as to whether to incorporate colour into your room in this way. You can, in fact, use materials like Benjamin Moore paints to colour all the walls or make just a feature wall. This is where you pick one wall to be painted in bold colour and balance this out with a paler tone or white around the rest of the room. This stop’s the use of bold colours becoming too overwhelming.


Of course, it is also possible to inject colour into a room via your choice of furniture. Some people choose to buy furniture that is bright and colourful to add interest to a room. Others use chalk paints to add shabby chic tones that will fit in with the rest of the decor.

Soft Furnishings and Accessories

Of, course colour issues are not just the domain of the walls and furniture. It is also vital that you consider how the soft furnishing in a room, play into your overall colour design.

For example, you can add an interesting dynamic to darker furnishings with light scatter cushions. Rooms with darker walls suit a lighter duvet set and vice-versa. This helps to balance the tones in the room and ensure that it remains comfortable for the occupant.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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