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Colours psychology & you - How to get the best colour for your home

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Taking up a DIY project at home can be exciting, and adding a new coat of paint to any room leaves you with a realm of colourful possibilities! While your options are limitless, there are a few important things to consider when painting your home and choosing just the right colour!

Introducing warm colours to a room such as yellows, oranges, or reds creates a bold, energetic statement. Many people report these colours to be stimulating and to promote a more optimistic atmosphere in places where they’re most prevalent. While these colours can create an intense environment that catches one’s attention, it has also been noted that prolonged exposure to these colours can make one more susceptible to anxiety or eye fatigue due to the amount of light these hues reflect.

On the other hand, cooler colours such as blues, greens, and purples creates an environment of tranquility and serenity. These colours have been proven to increase concentration and to encourage relaxation when applied to an environment. Scientifically speaking, exposure to these colours decreases heart rate and body temperature, but also decreases one’s appetite. It is important to note that cooler colours tend to promote depression, lethargy, and even aloofness in some people due to their dark nature.

When dealing with neutral colours, it’s important to note how black and white can transform a room. Black rooms can feel uncomfortable and claustrophobic as it tends to shrink a room, while white rooms feel more spacious and sterile, but can make a room feel unwelcoming. The effects of these neutral colours can also be applied to the warm and cooler colours discussed earlier. The darker a hue, a more relaxing the colour becomes. Vibrant warm colours can be muted in order to prevent the colour from being too draining, while brightening cool colours can add a little life to a room while maintaining the tranquil atmosphere.

By carefully considering what colours to use, you have the possibility to create the perfect atmosphere in your home!




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