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Interior Decorating: How colour affects your mood

The effect of colour on your subconscious and emotions is a powerful tool, so much so that Marketers have been using it for many years to encourage buying behaviour and send subliminal messages.

Notice when Coca Cola launched their ‘life’ product, they took a step away from their trademarked red colour to launch a more organic, ‘natural’, green brand in line with the lower calories and natural sweetener message, as the demand for healthier products increases.


Movie directors use colour to convey the emotion and tone of the film. Most famously, the red jacket of the little girl in Schindler’s List stood as a stark contrast amongst the black and white, to more subtleties such as the dark, green tones within the Matrix, or the warm, feminine colours in the comedy Mean Girls.


When it comes to your home, colour can not only be an opportunity to inject your personality into your surroundings, but can also have a powerful effect on the emotional mood and well-being of your family.

If you’re considering your latest colour scheme, or simply looking for inspiration, these examples will guide you.


Shades of Yellow

Yellow is a wonderful choice for bringing warmth and happiness into a room.

It is suited for areas such as kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, and provides a sunny, youthful feeling perfect for a child’s playroom, the child-like quality emphasised by the unique diamond shape of the yellow shutters shown below.



However, be mindful of using yellow sparingly as an accent colour or feature, like a hint of yellow from the towel against the white timber shutters, as studies have discovered people are more likely to lose their temper, babies seem to cry more and it can encourage feelings of frustration and anger when over stimulated with yellow.



Shades of Blue

Blue is a calming colour, said to assist with lowering blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, it is perfectly suited for areas of relaxation, such as the bedroom and bathroom. 



Blue is also said to increase productivity, and would be well suited for offices. Be careful when using blue to pair it with lots of natural light and warm surroundings, as tones such as dark blue can be felt as quite cold and bring feelings of sadness. In our office picture below, the warmer blues and teals balance the dark blue of the chair and panel tones.



Shades of Green

Green is a very natural, healing colour that can bring a sense of tranquillity, good luck and health. It is also considered to be the most restful colour for the eye. Its versatility suits almost any room in the house. In the bedroom it works well for it’s soothing, healing colour, or the office for aiding with concentration and stress relief.



In our kitchen shutters example below, the vibrant emerald tone brings elegance that balances the natural feel with flowers and plants. 



Shades of Reds

Red is a fiery, passionate colour, bringing high energy and strong emotions. With luxurious fabrics, you could decorate a bedroom for sensuality, though some may find it can encourage feelings of intenseness and anger.

Red helps raise adrenaline, and can draw people together and encourage activity and communication, which works well for areas such as the living or dining room or entertaining area.

When paired as a subtle featured colour with black plantation shutters, it brings a sense of warmth and cosiness to this living area.


    


If you’re feeling adventurous, try filling a wall with red for a feeling of royal elegance, or using it in your outdoor entertaining area like this striking red and grey multifold panel.



Shades of Pinks

Soft and feminine, bringing feelings of romance and love, pink is a colour that works well for bedrooms. The softness of the pink shutters lifts the soft pastel shades of the linen and accessories providing a calm and inviting room that beckons you to lie and relax in this space.



Shades of Black

You can be right for thinking black in a room would make it cold and dark, but this can easily be overcome by providing the right light and contrasting colours to soften or warm a room.

Black décor and rooms add elegance and sophistication, as well as provide a sense of power.

We personally love the elegance of black plantation shutters, as it provides depth and allows you to explore a bit of colour for contrast to draw your eye to your statement furniture and accessories.




Black can be used throughout the entire house from the bathroom to the bedroom with the right styling.

These black walls ooze elegance, with the white timber shutters helping to keep the space feeling open rather than closed in, and the plants and brown timber bringing warmth to the room. Be sure not to use heavy black in small rooms as this will bring the space in closer and create a feeling of claustrophobia.



Whether you’ve been thinking about taking a bold plunge into the world of colour, or seeking inspiration to decorate a plain space, you can always find the right space for the use of your favourite colour. If all else fails, take inspiration from our rainbow shutters and choose them all. 






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