THE MEANING OF COLOUR IN YOUR HOME
Throughout history, colour has always been important - from natural pigments in primitive times to mood enhancers in modern homes. Here is our cheat sheet on the meaning behind colours.
G R E E N
Associated with: nature and energy, calming and restful, balance (halfway between red and blue) security, stability
Best for: bedrooms, living rooms
Pitfalls: I like to tame green with white and woods to make it serene. Too much green in the same tone can make people complacent.
photography by JESSICA SAMPLE
B L U E
Associated with: calming and soothing; promotes intellectual thought; believed to keep hunger at bay; loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative, prevents nightmares
Best for: bedrooms, bathrooms, studies
Pitfalls: Blue can look cold and unwelcome so I like to use blues with a warm undertone.
R E D
Associated with: danger, passion, energy, warmth, adventure, optimism
Best for: Red in dining rooms promotes sociable and lively feelings and stimulates the appetite
Pitfalls: it can be overpowering when one shade of red is used. I don't like red walls (my preference) but love using red in accessories. I vary the tone and I love using it against a bold background colour that will ground it. I never use red in a nursery.
P I N K
Associated with: love
Best for: bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful. A hot fuchsia can introduce passion
Pitfalls: can appear to be very girlie and sickly sweet. To counteract this, introduce hints of dark charcoal, black or white.
O R A N G E
Associated with: stability, reassurance, warmth, and is thought to aid digestion
Best for: living and dining rooms
Pitfalls: might keep the occupant awake when used in a bedroom. It can make a room look smaller because it's an advancing colour, so make sure the room gets plenty of light.
photography by KATE ROBINSON FOR MY DOMAINE
Y E L L O W
Associated with: sunshine and energy stimulates the intellect
Best for: kitchens, dining rooms or north-facing rooms
Pitfalls: not very restful for a bedroom. Yellow is thought to enhance feelings of emotional distress
photography by JOHN FRYZ For Atelier Lane. Interiors by ELLIE BRADLEY
B R O W N
Associated with: security, stability and very practical
Best for: living rooms
Pitfalls: introduce a livelier colour for mental stimulation such as green or blue
photography by HELENA BLOMQVIST VIA LANTLIV
B L A C K
Interior Design by ELLIE BRADLEY for Atelier Lane
Associated with: represents power and elegance. It's the colour of authority. Black evokes a timeless + bold appeal.
Best for: using in living rooms and kitchens
Pitfalls: it can be depressing, however, used correctly it can be a statement.