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Room colours and their meanings

Room colours and their meanings

There's no denying that colours are associated with our mood and feelings; we associate red with passion, green with serenity, and yellow with happiness. However, have you ever wondered what your home's décor says about your character? Or have you wondered if you can create a certain mood in a room based on the colour scheme you choose to decorate it in? Read on to discover what your room colour really means.


As we just mentioned, red is associated with passion and energy. Sometimes it represents anger, other times lust or even danger. However, red can encourage people to feel livelier and more sociable, so it’s the perfect colour for dining rooms or lounge areas where you’ll regularly be entertaining guests.


The colour of a warm sunset, orange represents security and stability. Its calming influence makes it a brilliant colour choice for bedrooms, where it’s important you feel relaxed and secure in order to enjoy a restful night’s sleep.


We associate yellow with the bright midday sun, so it represents energy and happiness. Since it’s quite a stimulating colour, it works well in kitchens and living rooms where the family gathers at the busiest times of day.


Green immediately makes us think of nature; it represents fresh green leaves and dewy grass. It’s a refreshing yet peaceful colour, and is often used to help people feel rested and calm. As a result of this, it’s a brilliant bedroom colour but could also work well in the living room if that tends to be your chill-out space after a busy day.


We think about water when we see the colour blue, so it can be quite a soothing colour as it makes us picture the azure shimmer of the ocean. Blue is said to promote intellectual thought, which makes it a great colour for studies or offices, but it could be used in any room that requires some calming energy. It can be a cold colour though, so is not always suitable for living rooms or bedrooms where you want to feel warm, cosy and secure.


Hot pinks can represent heat and passion whilst baby pink is a little more calming, but overall the colour pink represents love. It is a brilliant colour for the bedroom, yet can easily make a room become very feminine, which isn't always suitable when you’re aiming for gender neutral décor.


Although black is often associated with death, it is also represents eccentricity and drama when used in the home. Since it doesn't reflect any light, it can make a room seem small and dark, so when it is used in excess, it can create a gloomy atmosphere. Use it in moderation to make a style statement in a bedroom or dining room.


Like green, brown often represents the earth and nature, but since it is a rather plain colour, it doesn't do much to stimulate our senses. However, this doesn't have to be a negative thing; it represents stability and can create a very calm, serene room.


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