Feeling blue or are you seeing red? Maybe you’re green with envy?
There is little doubt that mood and colour are inextricably linked – you only need to slip on that LBD and you’re feeling chic and sexy!
There have been many scientific studies on the relationship between colour and mood and yet the ancient traditions of the Hindhu and Buddhist religions have long understood this. They believe that colour doesn’t just affect our mood but, more importantly, our physical well-being, and this knowledge has been used to create a stunning range of Therapy Lights, available at Design Essentials.
You’ll find some really useful information on the well-being effects of each coloured light on the Design Essentials website www.designessentials.org.uk but I’ve chosen to talk about two of the very “on trend” interior design colours in the Therapy Lamp range, that just happen to be ‘complimentary” on the colour wheel.
Blue – the overwhelming “favorite colour” and the least “gender specific” making it the perfect choice when designing a shared bedroom! It’s seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The colour of sky and the ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.
As the collective colour of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming; however not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging colour that expresses exhilaration.
Some shades, or the overuse of blue in a monochromatic colour scheme, may come across as cold but team it with it’s complimentary colour, orange, for added warmth.
Orange – a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colours. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy, it stimulates activity and appetite and encourages socialisation.
This makes it a good colour when planning to decorate a dining or sitting room, especially if you entertain a lot, and a related colour scheme with red-orange and yellow-orange can create a lovely harmonious room. Alternatively, use it as an accent colour with it’s complimentary blue for a contemporary take and a mix of cool and warm!
Finally, for interior design remember that warm colors such as reds, yellows, and orange hues tend to make a room feel cozy and can be a good choice for larger spaces that receive plenty of natural light.
On the other end of the color spectrum, cooler colors such as blues and greens can open up a small space while creating a more calm effect for relaxation.
Sujiivana will be on hand for tips and advice at the Design Essentials event at Goddards Interiors in Saffron Walden on Thursday 16th November.
For a more in-depth consultation on how you can best use colour in your home give me a call at Sujiivana Design for a chat about how we can help!