By Kirsten Quinton and

When it comes to decorating, you mull over colour charts, cover walls with samples, and seek opinions from friends and family, bt do you understand how important your final colour choices are, and how they affect your mood, sleep and general wellbeing? …

The home should act as a harmonious sanctuary

The home is our refuge from the relentless pace of modern life – somewhere to which to escape, recharge our batteries and enjoy quality time with our family.


There have been countless studies over time dedicated to researching the impact of colour on our psychology.

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It is believed that women and men perceive colour in different ways due to our differing genetics and tastes.

The X chromosome is the gene required for an individual to see the colour red. Women are born with two X chromosomes in their genetic makeup whereas men only have one. This allows women to see a greater number of shades of red than men.

It also explains why 8% of men are colour blind compared to very few women who have the condition.

Colours in the home

Studies have revealed that certain colours belong in certain rooms in order to promote the best mood for the setting.

Bedroom and office

BLUE AND WHITE BEDROOMBlue is a cool, calming colour: it is known to lower blood pressure, slow respiration and heart rate, and inspire creativity. It is also linked with appetite suppression – not a great shade for a dining room.

A study by Travelodge identified the colour blue as being the best shade for promoting sleep, making it the perfect choice for a bedroom.

Blue is also identified as a colour which can promote intellectual thought, making it perfect for a home office. Blue is the most popular colour in the world, therefore a popular choice within our homes. However be careful to choose the right shade – utilise warm tones to bring a sense of warmth and comfort into the home environment.

Colours for the Bedroom

Dining room

Red is often linked with food. You will notice many fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King and KFC use red within their logos. Red is linked to appetite stimulation and promotes a social, lively atmosphere. This makes it the perfect colour to bring into a dining-room setting.


Yellow wall with utensils on a shelf and wall clocks
Yellow wall with utensils on a shelf and wall clocks

Yellow is also linked with the food environment also due to the belief that it boosts metabolism. It features in a vast majority of fast food logos. It is a bright, positive and energetic colour.

However, it is important to choose the right tone; pure bright yellow is an irritant due to its constant stimulation on the eye.


The lounge is an area to relax and unwind. Green is considered to be the best colour for this environment.

It is a restful colour for the eye, promotes relaxation, encourages togetherness and comfort, and also encourages calm and serenity. It is for this reason many hospitals utilise this colour within their hallways and rooms and for staff uniforms. Green is also associated with health and healing.


The bathroom can transform from being a busy area we prepare for the day, to a calm place of solitude and relaxation in the evening. Calming colours such as lilac are the recommended colour choice. It is a spiritual colour which promotes thought and imagination. Green, for its relaxing properties, would also suit this environment.

Next time you step out to choose a colour shade for a refurbishment, consider just how it may affect the mood in your home.

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