Paint colours and their meaning

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Paint colours are one of the best ways to express your personality when you’re redecorating. Colour trends will shift and change, so it’s best to pick colours that reflect your likes and your personality. You should also be aware of the impact a colour can have on a room and even on those who spend time in it.

Most people know that colours and shades can impact how a room feels. Light colours, for example, can make rooms seem larger and brighter, while dark colours can make large rooms feel more intimate. But the colour of a room has been proven to influence peoples’ mood and thoughts.

If you’re redoing an office or creative room, you should consider using orange or blue. Orange can help to expand your thinking. It reduces self-consciousness, so you can truly express yourself. Blue is one of the more productive colours. It encourages efficiency, which can help you purify your thinking and prioritise tasks. A pastel blue can come across as chilly, especially in a room with little natural light. If it is the primary colour in a room, consider pairing it with warm hues for furnishings and fabrics.

Reds have been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. So, it’s best to avoid these shades in the bedroom. However, red is perfectly suited for living rooms and dining rooms as it can stimulate conversation and stir up excitement.

Yellows are happy colours, helping to energise and lift the mood of a room. However, using yellow comes with a caveat. It’s not a great choice to use in main colour schemes. Studies have found that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior and it can create feelings of frustration and anger if used in large amounts.

Green is a more complex colour than most. Clean greens tend to be fresh and vibrant, while olive and muted tones can actually be depressing. However, green is considered the most restful colour on the eyes and can give a feeling of serenity, making it well suited for bedrooms or other rooms where relaxation is paramount.

Orange, like red, tends to stimulate excitement and enthusiasm. Again, this means that there are rooms that you shouldn’t use it in. If you want to get any sleep, that is. It is a great colour for rooms you exercise in though, as it brings out the emotions that you need to release during your fitness regime.

Purple, the combination of red and blue, can provide a balance of heightened awareness combined with a calming effect. In its darkest shade, purple is associated with luxury, while lighter shades, such as lavender, can be quite restful.

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a colour for your room. But the most important thing is that you like the colour. Take the time to find colours that you like and use samples to make sure that they work in your room. And whether you're looking for home decor to match your selected colours, or you need to find new furniture that compliments your room, Harvey Norman has you covered.

In Short: Paint colours can have quite the impact on a room, making it feel bigger or smaller, but they can also affect our moods. Here’s what you need to know.

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