Creating the Perfect Home
Did you know most of us spend around 90% of our life indoors? It is therefore, a good idea, to spend time and thought on decorating these indoor spaces. And what could be more important than your home? A house should be more than just a building. It should be a sanctuary from the demands of daily life where we can repair our sense of self; connect with family and friends; relax and replenish. So how do we create that sense of sanctuary?
One of the easiest, and cheapest ways, to create a particular mood is the use of colour. Scientific research has long established that we have unconscious associations with certain colours. Red, orange, pink and yellows are warm colours, and can evoke emotions ranging from passion to anger. In contrast, indigo, blue to yellow-green are thought to be calming but can also seem to cold.
Keep it simple
The best way to sell a house is to go for a subtle and diluted palette. So think greys which suggest elegance, creams which suggest simplicity and muted browns which suggest a sense of calm and nature with the use of light wood.
To inject more vibrancy, go for an accent colour; an added extra. The best accent colour for a lounge, or somewhere you spend a lot of time? Try greens and blues which are considered relaxing.
In this room, the base colour is a simple magnolia with a chic cream couch and leafy patterned chairs. The positive atmosphere is created with the use of the craft rug and the muted scatter cushions in light blues and greens which echo the natural world outside. The use of natural fibres adds to the ‘indoor outdoor’ feel.
And the office or study? Try a splash of a bright stimulating colour like purple or red which are said to aid creativity. But avoid too much as such strong colours can create an overpowering atmosphere.
And just remember
Other vibrant colours like yellow and orange are considered ‘cheerful’ colours but again, be careful. They are hard on the eyes so avoid a whole area painted in such a bright colour. You may live to regret a lounge painted bright yellow after you have spent hours looking at it.