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It’s a difficult balancing act when choosing the exact shade to decorate your home. Even a slightly disappointing tone will ruin every homecoming with an off-white that is slightly too off could haunt you for possibly years to come.
Considering how much colour can dictate the ambiance of a space, colour expert Nima Ghasri, says: “Choosing the right colours in your home can be difficult, but it doesn’t need to be.
"Choosing colours that are perfect for the space can have a big impact on your mood as well as ensuring they will stand the test of time, so you won’t become bored or unhappy with the space and look to redecorate too soon.”
If you’re struggling with choosing a colour for the bedroom, go with a navy. The experts at GoodMove, explained to Tyla: “If you really want a bedroom décor that will stand the test of time and look amazing, then choose deep blues and navy. These deep hues provide a sense of serenity and relaxation – perfect for a bedroom – and can help create a cosy environment too.”
However, it’s not a good idea to tread near reds or oranges or any really bright colours. “these are too stimulating for a room where you need to switch off and sleep”. Therefore, don’t make having sweet dreams any more difficult for yourself.
The kitchen is the heart of any home, which is why getting the colour just right is vital. Yellow is the way to do this, especially if your kitchen is a little on the smaller side. “Yellow is a great option for smaller kitchens as it can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and yellow tones can also make people feel happier and calmer while in the space.”
As an extra tip as well, the experts say to choose a high or semi-gloss finish paint as that's the most durable and easy to clean (perf for those kitchen spills).
With the priority of keeping brightness in mind, it’s therefore best to avoid black and charcoal in the kitchen, no matter how much you want your kitchen to look serious and sleek: “Avoid very dark colours in your kitchen, such as black or charcoal, as this can make the space feel gloomy and small – the opposite of what a kitchen should be.”
Another room to avoid the dark colours is the bathroom, similarly because it can make the space feel cramped and therefore unrelaxing. Instead, experts opt for something a little brighter. “Light blue has always been a popular bathroom colour as it helps to create a relaxing, peaceful, and spa-like atmosphere. And with searches for ‘light blue bathroom’ increasing by a huge 614 per cent compared to this time last year, it shows no sign of going out of style anytime soon.”
However, the experts throw a little bit of a curveball for the living room. “It may not be the most obvious choice for a living room, but green is a perfect choice for the space”.
“Green is the colour of harmony and renewal, helping to emit feelings of calm and relaxation – perfect for your living room!”
In terms of what to avoid, again, red is not the route to go down. This is because this is a place to calm down and chill: “Your living room is ultimately a room to relax after a long day, so avoid intense reds as this is far too stimulating and bright for the space.”
For the dining room? Your paint colour should be centred around your stomach (yes, really). This is because colours can actually affect your appetite.
“If you’re wanting a new dining room colour, you might want to check out shades of orange. That’s because orange tones are said to increase a person’s appetite, and they make a space feel warm and cosy too.”
If a fully orange room is maybe too 'out there' for you, there are some tips on easing yourself into using the colour: “If you’re nervous then incorporate one statement orange wall instead.”
So what colour is to avoid if you want to be hungry for your meal? “While orange increases appetite, blue suppresses it, so avoid any blue tones in your dining room if you want to eat there!”
One particular primary colour is a great option to optimise your productivity in your study through your wall colours: “Red is a stimulating shade that helps improve focus, alertness, and concentration – so what better colour for your study or home office space?”
But be mindful of what shade to surround yourself with that could make working away that bit more difficult: “Avoid sole neutral tones in your study as these can be uninspiring and can make you feel bored or sleepy – not ideal for a study space!”
With all this in mind, good luck with your interior decorating!
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