Brighten your mood with colour

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

In win­ter, people’s moods tend to drop with the tem­per­a­ture.

Short of tak­ing a hol­i­day to an ex­otic trop­i­cal is­land re­treat, one way people can counter this and keep their en­ergy lev­els high is with colour.

What’s on the in­side counts when it comes to warm­ing up home’s this win­ter, say New Zealand paint ex­perts.

Colour can af­fect a per­son’s mood, es­pe­cially if they’re spend­ing more time in­doors dur­ing the win­ter months, so now is a good time to think about liven­ing up home in­te­ri­ors.

One of the eas­i­est and most cost­ef­fec­tive ways of trans­form­ing your home into a warm win­ter haven is with the cre­ative use of colour.

It’s no se­cret that colour has a pro­found ef­fect on our mood.

People are en­cour­aged to bear this in mind when they’re plan­ning to re­dec­o­rate the in­te­rior of their home.

In win­ter, people’s moods tend to drop with the tem­per­a­ture, people can counter this and keep their en­ergy lev­els high with colour.

To cre­ate a more en­er­gis­ing at­mos­phere in the home, home own­ers should take a leaf out of the colour psy­chol­ogy books and in­cor­po­rate colours such as yel­low – which is as­so­ci­ated with light and hap­pi­ness – into their in­te­rior decor.

When it comes to mak­ing homes feel warmer and more invit­ing, reds, or­anges and the hottest hue of the mo­ment, turquoise, will help trans­form just about any room from cold and dark to cheery and bright.

Glow­ing reds and rasp­berry shades are an ob­vi­ous choice for those want­ing to heat up their in­te­rior, while creamy yel­lows and earthy golds are per­fect for mak­ing even the coolest of rooms feel warm and wel­com­ing.

Spicy shades of burnt or­ange and rust are an­other great op­tion for those want­ing to add warmth and live­li­ness to a space, with or­ange a shade con­tin­u­ing its gain in pop­u­lar­ity among Ki­wis.

Or­ange looks fan­tas­tic as a fea­ture wall and works re­ally well when its teamed with grey or char­coal.

To add depth and rich­ness to a room and in turn make it feel cosier and more wel­com­ing, take a cue from the cafe menu and choose rich caramels and warm lat­tes, which look great paired with char­coal, navy and white. Turquoise and teal are other hot hues for win­ter, pro­vid­ing a sum­mer vi­brancy that will last year round.

Steer clear of stark whites and whites with blue or black un­der­tones if want­ing to brighten a dark room, as these will only make the space ap­pear clin­i­cal and cold. In­stead try peachy or creamy of­fwhites, which will give a soft, ro­man­tic can­dlelit am­bi­ence. Re­mem­ber that colour need not be limited to walls.

Paint­ing tired fur­ni­ture, cab­i­nets or even an old can­vas in up­lift­ing hues, can cre­ate a sim­i­lar warm­ing ef­fect.

Ac­ces­sories can also be used to in­stantly trans­form the look of a space or en­hance an ex­ist­ing colour scheme.

Try rich, lux­u­ri­ous fabrics such as vel­vets and bro­cades for a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and warmth this win­ter or add a few colourful cush­ions or a faux fur or woollen throw for a touch of lux­ury.

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