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Female Focus

Using colour in your home. Part 1.

This month sees the start of my 2 part article on colour. It forms one of the most important elements when establishing your personal interior style, yet many of us lack the confidence

to use this amazing tool in our homes, worried that we might get it wrong. However, by following a few simple guidelines, colour can have the most marvellous impact on your surroundings and your personal well being.

The wonder of colour. Colour surrounds us in our everyday lives; just look around you at the multitude of colours you can see form where you are sitting now. We use it to describe our world... to attract attention, make a statement, or blend into a team, and we can use it homes to create a space that reflects both our mood and style.

Colour has very nearly magical impact on us. It can heighten our mood or drain us of energy, and is well known to have therapeutic effects on our mind and bodies. When used, even in small amounts, in an interior scheme, it can be dramatic, soothing, light hearted, bold, subdued and even sensual, and will completely change the look and feel of a room.

Where to begin? The first step of introducing colour into your home is usually the hardest; where do you even begin? Having a definite idea of the mood you want to create in any particular room gives you a starting point and simplifies the process.

Read through the descriptions of these 8 “Colour Moods” and see how they stimulate your thoughts about colour and colour combinations. There may be a number that you are drawn to, and they are not rigid choices, but they will help you to understand what you find the most appealing for each room in your house.

Personal Colour Moods.

Whimsical These are the fun-loving, free spirited, joyful colours which include the primary (red, yellow and blue) as well as the secondary colours (orange, green and purple) with lots of bright colours and

contrasts in-between. If you want your room to feel light hearted, playful and alive, or you are young at heart, no matter what age you are, then these jelly bean and paint box colours will make you feel happier than any other. Great for kids rooms, family rooms and kitchens where you come together to entertain and cook.

Tranquil A tranquil scheme is the serene, restful, soothing, peaceful and quiet mood dominated by the cool, clear, light to mid-tone clear greens, misty aqua’s, soft blues, cool mauves, pristine whites and vaporous greys. These cool tones work best if you want to create a quiet place of respite and relaxation, especially in a bedroom. they will also evoke a “spa” feeling in a bathroom, creating a place to literally cleanse the soul as well as the body.

Nurturing Nurturing colours are the snugly baby blanket colours that take us back to the TLC of our infancy. These are fragile, soft, caring, tender tints that make us feel safe, snug and loved; pastels and soft

yellows, peach, aqua and pink. Although these colours are traditionally used in a nursery, they bring a delicacy to any room where we long for escape from the over-anxious grown up world we all live in and work particularly well in bedrooms and bathrooms. Although similar in feel to the tranquil scheme, nurturing colours are lighter, more delicate and predominantly warm colours where tranquil is predominantly cool.

Traditional Burberry raincoats, grandfather’s clocks and grandmother’s furniture, and a library stocked with well used books, this mood represents exactly what it implies; a sense of history, connectedness, substance and stability. If you are drawn to traditional moods then the classic colours of navy, burgundy and forest green in deep strong muted tones will fit perfectly with your comfort zone. Including teal, wine, antique gold and aubergine, these colours stand the test of time and will always grace dining rooms, living rooms and study’s with a sense of formality and purpose.

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