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Colour theory has been explored by human creatives for centuries. We can track the thoughts and beliefs throughout poems, art and writings. The same research has transgressed into the 21st century, with studies focusing on how colour can effect mood and what mood colours procedure. This idea has particularly taken the limelight in recent years with mental wellbeing a topic of much discussion. As interior designers and architects, the spaces we create are created with the aim of nurturing a sense of wellbeing, so understanding colour is important to us.

Today, we will explore different colours and the effects they produce, as well as where you should place them for the greatest result.

red & clay

An emotionally charged colour, red is linked to breathing, the stimulation of the heartbeat and general circulation. This colour is helpful to be around when you wish to raise your pulse, but also be mindful of it. As it is quite intense, we tend to recommend using it as an accent piece in furniture or decorative ornaments. Try using terracotta as an alternative solution if you enjoy this colour family but don’t want the rush.


white & claY


Society links white with calming and pure energy. While this is true, it is also suggested that using more raw colours such as clay and raw earthy tones. Its is the perfect colour to place in your bedroom to create a connection to nature and earth. It’ll also still create the pure and calming atmosphere without feeling like you are in a hospital sterile setting.


blue & green


Both green and blue encourage relaxation and calm. They are both also useful devices when trying to combat illness or pains. Blue in particular is known to help with stomach and muscle pain while green is linked to fighting infection. Of course overall, they both link back to mother nature and act as refreshments to the environment. Always try and place greenery via plants within the space. When possible decorate with touches or blue or position the seating towards a view of a window and sky to keep that connection alive.


yellow & orange


Optimism and joviality has being linked to this colour but when it is too bright also associates with the activation of the anxiety centre of the brain. Therefore, the lightest shades will be the option to choose when looking for a stimulating and revitalising environment, but you must be careful with the brightest yellow as it could evoke negative connotations. Orange, as yellow, suggests health and vitally, yet again, when too bright it can be too exciting. A great option to place these colours is to use them in a piece or a few pieces of decoration as a way to accentuate the good qualities that the colours evoke without making it overwhelming.


purple & pink

Historically related to the royalty, it evokes luxury. The lightest shades will provoke a calming effect in the brain. Pink is portrayed as an innocent colour and usually linked to femininity. A nice option to place in a bedroom.

Take into account that colour reflects light. The darker the colour, the more light it will absorb; and the lighter, the more light it will reflect. That will be important when thinking about the aspect of the environment you are trying to create.

If you need help with planning your renovation or your future home, office or commercial property than give us a call today. We aim to collaborate to create a space that is healthy and happy. while being functionally perfect and aesthetically pleasing.

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