Many people believe that colour can influence your mood. According to the theory, lime makes you feel lively and young, yellow can make some people feel anxious, and scarlet generates more positive feelings? Here’s how the colour trends this year can work for your home and make it feel (as well as look) like the perfect place for your family. Emily Carding from Designbx explains more.
Colour scheme! How colour affects your mood
Colour, in all its full spectrum of glory, is one of the most powerful tools we can utilise when decorating our homes. It has the power to lift and liven our mood, just as it can calm and subdue us. As humans, most of us will have a favourite or several favourite colours, and we probably have never given much thought as to why, but you pretty much be assured that those colours we are drawn to, on some subconscious level, invoke certain feelings or emotions within us. As Claude Monet once said, “Colour is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment”.
Take a look at the chart below for more on which colour connects with which emotion:
So what colours are ‘in’ this year?
The interior colour trends for 2017 are muted tones. Although there are similar trends every year, there are actually subtle changes within the trends! That means the greys of 2016 being replaced with shades of blush, beige and camel, known as the ‘New Neutrals’- although there will always be a place in a muted scheme for greys and whites!
When you start thinking along these lines you get a sense of how important it is to choose the right colours when decorating your home. The right muted colour scheme will create a sense of calm, serenity and warmth, all without the use of the typical ‘warm’ colours we associate with a cosy interior. Bearing this in mind, this palette would work well in living areas and bedrooms.
How to apply a muted scheme in your space
Layering a variety of these shades in lots of different textures will add incredible depth and warmth to any room – take the layering effect to the next level by also layering rugs (another trend for this year) of different textures and sizes. Textiles in natural fabrics such as linen, wool and jute look great in these colours. Woods are better in light to medium tones, maintaining a balanced calm feel. Ceramics such as lamp bases and decorative pieces will look great if textured or ‘unfinished’.