We sure do underestimate the part that colours play in our everyday lives, especially when it comes to our health.
It’s been proven that colour can directly communicate certain emotions to us, sometimes even causing physiological reactions - who knew that colour could increase our blood pressure!
That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the colour schemes we use when decorating our homes. We’re going to go into more detail about some of the most popular colours used to decorate, along with which rooms they are most commonly used in.
Read on to discover how the colours in your home can impact your health…
White shades are a timeless colour, and because of this, it’s very commonly used to decorate homes. It has been said that the colour white can generate feelings of relaxation, calmness, and peacefulness. Sounds bliss!
Fun fact about the colour white - a white wedding dress is known to be a good omen on wedding days.
Which room would white be most suitable for?
White tones have a very positive connotation, so we’d recommend incorporating this colour in any room you like. After all, who doesn’t like to feel relaxed and calm in all rooms of the house!
However, what we will say is to be careful with placement. Too much white can have an adverse effect! If you have no other (or very minimal) colour present in the room, you risk creating a clinical feel.
It’s no secret that green is associated with all things balance and nature. And because of this, most people will find having the colour green around is perfect for generating feelings of peacefulness, harmony, and tranquillity. Interestingly enough, green is also linked with feelings of prosperity, growth, and money.
Fun fact about the colour green - it’s the luckiest colour on the colour spectrum!
Which room would green be most suitable for?
So, overall, green has a great impact on mental health. Using this colour in rooms where you would seek these emotions is a great tool, and shades play an important role. Opt for a lighter green when decorating an office for when you need to stay consistent and productive, and a darker hue of green in a bedroom to generate feelings of tranquility and peacefulness. Perfect for unwinding!
The colour red is an interesting one. Research has shown that red can have a physiological effect, which includes actually speeding up heart rates and increasing blood pressure.
Although that sounds alarming, it isn’t. Red triggers an emotional response, generating emotions such as excitement and energy. And we don’t know about you, but we love feeling energised and excited!
Fun fact about the colour red - the word “red” also means beautiful in Russian.
Which room would red be most suitable for?
Because of the effect it has on excitement, energy, and warmth - we would recommend using a red colour scheme in any room you would use to be sociable. This will help to warm things up and create a lively atmosphere.
Dining rooms, kitchens, and living rooms are the ideal placement. People tend to gather and socialise in these rooms - so get the party started and splash a bit of red into your colour scheme.
In addition, red is also known to be associated with romance and love. So if you’re looking for a new fun and flirty colour - red could also be perfect for a bedroom!
Blue (particularly lighter shades) has been known to generate a calming and soothing effect. It’s also been reported that lighter blue tones can decrease the heart rate, which most definitely explains the calming effect.
Darker blues are associated with feelings of openness and communication, along with order and structure - a very different emotional response to the lighter hues. It’s interesting to note how the shades can play a very important role!
Fun fact about the colour blue - it’s the rarest colour to find in nature.
Which room is blue most suitable for?
The answer to this is very similar to what we recommended for the colour green. A darker blue (such as navy or midnight blue) would be a fantastic feature in any room where you require structure, communication, and order - such as an office.
For lighter blues, a bedroom would be perfect. After all, who doesn’t want a little extra help with feeling calm and collected? If you struggle with relaxing - try a little splash of a lighter blue (such as periwinkle or duck egg) and thank us later!
Yellow is a very positive colour, and because of this, it’s extremely popular.
The colour yellow has a pretty positive impact on our emotional wellbeing no matter what shade, although some people have reported that they find this colour “loud”.
It’s associated with making people feel welcome, along with also generating feelings of warmth, creativity, friendliness, happiness, optimism - and even confidence! So as you may be able to tell, it’s a very positive colour to have around.
Fun fact about the colour yellow - in Japan, the colour yellow is associated with courage.
Which room is yellow most suitable for?
Because of how welcoming and warm yellow is, it’s perfectly suited to a hallway or entrance space. Everyone who enters your home will feel super comfortable - what a breath of fresh air!
Other perfectly suited rooms would be a living room space, or if you have children - a playroom. Those positive reinforcements of optimism, creativity, happiness, and warmth never go amiss in rooms such as these. After all, who doesn’t want to feel cheerful!
We hope that you’ve enjoyed discovering how colours in your home can impact your health. If you need help with incorporating new colours into your home, be sure to check out our website for the best soft furnishings and accessories at fantastic prices.