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How colours affect your wellbeing at home

The colours you pick to decorate your home reflect your taste, your creativity, and they allow you give each room its own individual touch. However, the tones you choose also have an impact on your well-being and that of your family.

Visual comfort in your home goes much further than simply being in an environment that is pleasing to the eye. Our visual surroundings have a profound effect on the way we think, feel and act, both consciously and subconsciously. The colours around us influence our mood and our health.

Therefore it is important to choose wisely when it comes to decorating. Colours and their perception tend to be subjective, and the feelings they evoke are personal and connected to your experience. That’s why it is important to consider how colour makes you feel, rather than blindly follow design trends. So before you tackle the decoration or the painting of your rooms, follow our guide to find out more about what common colours produce as emotional responses . Our tips on which colours are best suited for which room will help you increase your well-being between your four walls.

Emotional responses to colors in your home

Before we dive into tips on which colour for specific rooms in your home and how that affect and increase your well-being, let’s look at the emotional responses that colours can bring out in you when you’re exposed to them from your four walls.

Red

Red is stimulating, stokes inner fire, energy and promotes liveliness. The sight of red is associated with a physical effect, with increased pulse, blood pressure and raised excitement: a good choice for any social area, such as living or dining room and better avoid it for bedrooms.  

Green

Green is associated with balance and nature. It creates more quiet, subdued and restorative emotions. Refreshing to the eye, the colour evokes comfort and tranquility - perfect for composing yourself or winding down.

Blue

Soft variations of blue can bring serenity and have a soothing, cooling effect. The colour can instill calmness, let you breathe and better concentrate or sleep. Great for summer, but in the winter months, it can chill a room further. Blue is intellectual, the colour of the mind. Stronger hues stimulate clear thinking and communication.

Yellow

The colour of sunshine, yellow brightens, warms and welcomes: A very emotional colour. Go soft, as too much yellow can have a "screaming" effect and lead to frustration or even anger. The right level can bring happiness, confidence, optimism, self-esteem, creativity and friendliness.

Brown

A brown room can feel cozy, snug and safe. Depending on the hue, the colour is associated with chocolate, coffee or earth and has a grounding, supportive, and serious effect. It can invoke a sense of belonging, reliability, and intimacy. However, it can also darken a room.

Violet

Symbolizing spirituality, wealth and royalty. Purple in rich hues can have a dramatic effect. By applying purple, you can bring luxury to a room, but be careful: the wrong tone communicates cheapness. Violet raises awareness, provokes thought and contemplation, and stimulates creativity. Best for the study, not for the bedroom.

Orange

As a combination of red and yellow, orange is welcoming and stimulating - in particular of appetite, because we associate fruit with it: a fitting choice for the dining room or kitchen. Orange is great to increase energy in colder, darker rooms or in winter. It provides comfort, warmth, security, passion, and sensuality.  

Pink

As a tint of red, pink has a physical effect, but is soothing instead of stimulating. Often called a feminine color, pink is nurturing, instilling warmth, tranquility, and love. Pink is powerful, but too much can easily put us off.

Black

Black can have stark, dramatic effects. It can bring elegance or create an enclosure of comfort, similar to brown. It speaks of clarity and elegance, it communicates sophistication and seriousness. On the downside, black is associated with melancholy, gloom, or being imprisoned. Opt for a grey shade or a shiny, glossy finish to polish black surfaces.

White

Though the absence of colour, white is associated with air, open space, and health. Great for smaller rooms where you can accentuate with sparse wall decoration. White is purity, hygiene, clarity, cleanliness and simplicity, also efficiency. Too much white is straining to look at or even blinding.

Choose your colours wisely: a walk around the house

Keep in mind that each colour has a psychological value. Think about how certain colours make you feel; they can influence any emotion, from tranquility to rage. To create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colours wisely; some colours in large amounts might have the opposite effect on you and your loved ones.

What mood do you want to create? Which colours will help you achieve that mood?

If you need help answering these questions, look at magazines, decorating books, blogs and websites for ideas. Also, let your textiles be your guide. Fabric, carpeting, furnitures and tiles are available in a more limited range of colours than paint, so choose them first and then decide on your paint colour.

Once you find something you like, limit the number of colours in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colours can make a room look busy or cluttered. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.  

Lobby, hallway, corridor, foyer

Pick a warm and welcoming colour, such as light orange, yellow, beige, or a tinted white. Corridors tend to suffer from lack of light, so work with indirect light sources to brighten the room and set accents. A light brown can work as well, if you create highlights through fabrics or decoration.

Living room

As the space for social gatherings, your living room will call for warm tones: red, yellow, orange, or the more grounding brown or the more subtle beige. Where colours exude warmth, they stimulate conversion and people feel connected. You can work with white if you need to create an illusion of more space. A light blue can cool the living room down if it gets lots of direct sunlight in the summer. Green can be an option if your living room is more an area of quiet introspection.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the place for stimulating colours such as red, orange, and yellow. They provide the energy needed for preparing meals and have an effect on your appetite as they play on your physical, sensual side. Red decor is common in restaurants as it keeps conversations flowing and increases a craving for food.

Dining room

Similarly, a red color scheme can be a good choice for a dining room to whet the appetite, stimulate conversation and heighten appreciation for food. In surroundings of a red tint, your guests are more likely to complement your cooking.

Bedroom

For the same reason, you keep red out of the bedroom. To aid relaxation, sleep and connecting with your partner, consider green, blue or a light tint of violet such as lavender. Darker hues will create more pronounced effects, but be careful not to make the room bland, dull, or even depressing.

For children, pink can actually have a soothing effect. Make them understand why it’s wise to stay within reason and discuss choices with them. Keep in mind how important it can be for them to express their creativity and mark their space as their own.

Bathroom

White tints and warm colours are popular for bathrooms as we associate cleanliness with them. But blue and green tones such as turquoise can also instill freshness and convert the

room into a calming spa experience. It’s also important to choose colours that flatter you so you literally see yourself in a good light in the mirror before you face the day or go to bed.  

Gym

While red and orange tones can invigorate you in your workout room and help you move by stimulating energy, they can also add the element of heat, or make you hungry. A mix of yellow and green or blue and green can make you happy and balanced while you’re working out.

Home office or study

Green is restful and easy on the eye and requires little to no adjustment. Since it is at the center of the color spectrum, it instills balance, which is the best base for periods of long concentration. A second choice for your home office or study can be violet, since it pushes high level of thought, contemplation and introspection - a good choice if you have a lot of thinking to do.

Conclusion

As you see, colours and paints in your home go beyond a simple matter of attraction and aesthetics. The color of a room will influence your mood and thinking. Your choices can have a deep effect on the well-being of you and your family in your home. Because you care about the people close to you, colour and paint are a matter where you won’t settle for the next best thing.

Just like you care for the well-being of you and your family in your home, we care about the people who use our products or live in the buildings made with our solutions.

Ready to pick up that paint roller now? Concentrate on your reaction to certain colours, and what mood you want to reach - which colors will help you achieve that? Limit the number of colours in a room to a very small number to create visual comfort instead of sensory overload. Lastly, don’t forget that the choice you make is yours and should serve you and your family first.

Weber Comforts

Comfort is probably the most important factor in our health and well-being. An interior which makes its occupants feel as comfortable as possible is a healthy, actively beneficial environment. 

Comfort is a state of well-being that derives from the material conditions of an environment: the way it is designed, built, decorated and furnished. The intelligent choice of materials and the way those materials are used is a major factor in determining the quality of an interior, and thus the level of comfort enjoyed by its inhabitants.

There are four key elements which contribute to general comfort. Together, they amount to goals building materials must achieve: