Brighten your mood with colour
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.