New Year Colours

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Bring life and excitement to your home with a new palette of colours and textures.

How do we know what colours our homes should be? Firstly it’s because we either like them or have seen them online or someone’s home. But, some of us have trouble deciding on which colours we really want to use in our own home.

If you’re undecided look around the rooms and see what colour is predominant in your furniture and fabrics. Now choose a predominant colour from the ones you see and that will be your base colour for the room. It will also be the interior wall paint colour.

Choose a colour you feel comfortable with. Let your instincts be your guide. Note that these are just suggestions to aid you in your colour choices. Your colours should be your personal preference. Don’t be influenced by trendy colours.

Greys

Greys will be a neutral colour used to balance deeper, more saturated and interesting colour shades. Expect to see greys ranging from almost white to very dark and every shade in between, quite often with hints of blue and green. Grey hues will not only be used in paint and wall colours but will be very popular for furniture and fabrics.

Blues

Blues are making an interior decorating come back and in a big way. Turquoise and ice blue have been popular for a while but now a truer shade of blue is finding its way into home décor. Blue and white prints and plaids are in demand and can even be mixed together by skilled home decorators.

Purples

Purple is moving into the mainstream and will be as common as blue was in the 1980s and 1990s. True purples will still be considered a bold move but lighter shades of violet, darkened mauve and raisin tones and bluer purple tones will be standard and very common in all interior decorating elements.

Greens

Greens are taking two opposite directions when it comes to interior decorating. Look for green that moves into an olive hue or even something that leans further into the browns. And then on the other end of the spectrum, you’ll see greens that are heading into the teal shades. It’s almost impossible to get these colours to play well together so if you’re going to go green you’re going to have to pick.

Accents

There are usually a couple of new colours that are thrown into the mix to add an exciting element to interior decorating colour schemes. A true purple has been the accent colour for a few years and is continuing to be an attention-getter. Yellow has always found its way into home decorating schemes but now you’re going to see a darker or richer yellow emerging as a sunny accent colour. Pink has been popular for a while and will probably actually grow in its acceptance, especially very saturated pinks.

Colours that match Personalities

Yellow = Idealist, Self-fulfillment, Lofty dreams.

Green = Moral, Balance, Caring companion.

Blue-Green = Sensitive, Exacting and sensitive.

Blue = Secure, Conservative, Trusting and loyal friend.

Purple = Polite, Vain and non-impressionable.

Lavender = Social, Civilized and neat.

Brown = Dependable, Conservative by nature.

Red = Aggressive, Vigorous, Impulsive in your mood and actions.

Burgundy = Ambition, Conscience and strength.

Pink = Romantic, Charm, Softness and warmth.

Orange = Adventuress, Good-natured and charming.

White = Simplicity, Neat and immaculate.

Gray = Cautious and non-committal.

Black = Dignified, Sophisticated and mysterious.

However, don’t run out and buy the colour that matches your personality if you already have colours in your home. These personalities are just a non-scientific way to look at colours and how and why people choose them. But, keep in mind that some colours don’t work in all rooms; so be careful about how you choose them.

Entry

This is the space that invites people into your home. The entry door. So, the colour should give the impression of a ‘Welcome to my home’ message. Of course, the colour may be dictated by the colour of the house.

Living Room

This used to be the most formal room in the home. And in some it still is, so it should be comfortable and have a cosy atmosphere. Here you can use most any colour you feel comfortable with and that works with your furnishings.

Kitchen

The colours that can be used in this room are endless; since most of the time, the cabinets are white or wood. Of course, there are some colours that should be avoided like blues, pinks and oranges. Not only could these colours have an opposite effect on the appetite by suppressing it, but could cause an uncomfortable feeling for your guests while eating.

Dining Room

This room functions as a formal area for holidays and parties and since red is the colour that stimulates the appetite (how many restaurants have red in their colour schemes); many designers prefer this to other colours. Be careful not to make the shade too light or it will be pink. Pink is a relaxing colour and may cause your guests to not want to leave.

Bedroom

The bedroom colour plays an important part and tends to depend more on personal preference than individual psychology. Of course, the colour decisions will also be based on the colour of the bedding you have (or will) purchase. Greens are a relaxing colour and reds can get your adrenaline flowing. Pick your bedding first before choosing paint colours. It is much easier to match the paint colour to the bedding colours.

Kid’s Room

Children are influenced by many factors such as music, TV, video and friends. Some colours are soothing while others could create a possible disabling or disruptive behaviour. Try to avoid dark blues, blacks and too much white and of course, reds. Purple seems to have a mentally stimulating effect, while violets have a rescinding effect with emotional disorders. Consider greens which are relaxing as well as pinks.

Bathroom

The bathroom has one primary function to prepare and escape the troubles of the world. There are no clear cut colours to use in this room. Some decorator’s and designer’s use certain colours to enhance skin tones. Some like blue because of its relation to water. While others prefer the purity of white.

Entertainment / Family Room

This is the place that will give you a great deal of stress-free time to unwind, sit back, watch a movie or read a book. This is where the true personality of the owner should be present. Colour use in this room will depend on its ultimate use.

Exercise Room

Exercise room colours should be carefully considered. Green should be avoided; since it is a colour that is linked to relaxation. Red increases adrenal-gland stimulation, helping us become strong and increase stamina. However, stay away from pink since it is a soothing colour that won’t help you to work out.

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