Many people agonize over the colours they choose for their home. Be it the drapes, rugs, or walls, the colours we choose can have a tremendous affect on how we feel. Don’t forget that for most people, home is where they will be spending the majority of their time. It’s one thing to deal with a drab and less than ideal atmosphere at work, but to come home to a colour scheme that makes you sad, nervous, or anxious is not good for your physical or mental health.
Must admit that I am one of those people who take forever trying to choose a colour scheme. I will look at colour samples until my eyes hurt, but it is worth the time invested: my home needs to be a sanctuary away from the real world and how it looks is very important in maintaining that illusion.
Don’t worry about trends. The paint you choose for your home should last for years, while trends change almost annually. Pick what feels right for you and your family because you will be the ones living there.
Colours can establish mood and the three go-to colour themes are passive, neutral, and active. Do you have a room that is your favourite for relaxing? Blue is a good choice here. Green is also a hue that is known for helping one to relax.
Red is an active, energetic colour. Use it for areas where people congregate to talk and have fun, like the living room or rec room.
Neutral colours like white, grey, and brown are good for areas like the kitchen, where you are there to do some work, but it should also not feel like WORK work.
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