When you come home from a busy day at work and the kids are tired and cranky, does walking through the door make you feel instantly uplifted and relaxed?
If you don’t get a warm and comforting feeling when you are at home maybe you need to think how your home makes you feel and what you can do to make it more warm and inviting.
Colour is a great tool to use in your home to create a mood that makes you feel warm and fuzzy when you are there.
Everybody has their own unique reactions to colour so you need to consider how colours make you feel when deciding on the feeling you want to create.
Do you want your home to feel casual, light and airy? Maybe it’s a more serious, subdued look you’re after or perhaps you want your bedroom to feel moody and intimate, a space you can escape from the busyness of your day and really unwind.
The actual colour, the lightness or darkness of the colour and the intensity of the colour are all important factors when creating a mood.
Light colours give a feeling of peace, serenity and are airy and soft. To achieve this look try using pastels or light toned neutrals. If your home is filled with lots of natural light, this is will enhance that lovely airy look.
If you like your interiors to feel more subdued and restrained, try using mid-tones. These tones will give your room a relaxed feeling, very low key. If you have an amazing view from a window, using mid-toned neutrals like beiges, stone or greys will allow the exterior to be the focal point and they won't compete for attention.
Dark tones are serious, create intimacy, mystery and to some they can feel depressive. Using mainly dark colours like the on-trend blue-black will give your room an intimate and moody feel. A great choice for a bedroom if you like the feeling of being cocooned and warm. Using metals and other reflective surfaces in a room with this type of colour scheme will bounce light around and stop it from feeling too claustrophobic. They will also provide a touch of glam.
To create a more stimulating colour scheme, introduce a lighter accent colour into a mostly dark colour scheme or a darker accent colour into a predominantly light colour scheme. This will give the room some energy and can give certain object structure.
Regardless of which mood you like, introducing some different textures into a room will create interest. Without mixing up your textures you run the risk of your colour scheme looking bland and boring. For example, you could add some shiny surfaces, through tiles, tapware or light shades in your kitchen and bathroom. A rough or dull surface could be a cement look tabletop or a sisal rug in your lounge room. You could bring in some soft, tactile textures like a plush carpet or rug or some velvet cushions or a wool throw rug.
Creating a different mood in different rooms allows you to play with textures, tones and colours and is lots of fun.
If you want to continue reading about how to create moods and energy in a room, click here to find out about how to create energy with Feng Shui,
I hope this has given you some ideas on how to create a comfortable atmosphere in your home and please, if you have found this post helpful, sign up to receive loads more tips and tricks on how to use colour to create the style and mood you love in your home.
5 October , 2017