From Emma Bestley, Creative Director and Co-Founder of YesColours
The colours we choose to use in our home can have a huge impact on how we feel. From enhancing productivity to those that exude a calm and soothing feel, keep reading for expert advice from Emma Bestley, Creative Director and Co-Founder of YesColours on the best shades to lift your mood.
1. Which colours are best for mood-boosting?
“We all have such different emotional reactions to hues and tones of colour. The first question is what colours are you drawn to? This is the colour you need to surround yourself with, a colour you feel comfortable with that makes you smile and gives you energy.
For a real boost, it’s often a saturated shade of colour which will give you that burst of energy. For example, deeper yellow, lush green, oceanic teal or a warm orange- but you have to be mindful whether your walls can handle that depth of saturation maybe tone it down with a lighter or more muted version of that colour instead.”
2. Best colours for the bedroom vs living room
“We need a bedroom to either calm us down when we go to sleep or give us energy to wake up and start the day. Ask yourself, what does this room need to do for your wellbeing? Try a softer pink for a nurturing calm surrounding or a cooler muted green for relaxation.
For more of an energy boost, try coral for it’s warmth and bold approach or a deeper green or teal for their immersive natural jewel tones shades.
Living rooms are slightly different; we often spend more time in our living space, whether that’s in the evenings or daytime to relax, read or watch TV. Deeper darker shades are great for creating comfort, adding warmth and making you feel like you’re being hugged by your room whilst sitting on the sofa. However, be mindful of the evening light and using table lamps, as artificial lights can often give off a yellow glow.
If you want the room to offer you uplift and serenity, opt for neutral or softer paler muted tones of pink, green and blue to create that sense of relaxation.”
3. What colours are naturally connected with a new start?
“New start, new life…green. It’s something about new growth in the early spring which gets everyone excited about the months ahead. Pastel greens or green with a lot of yellow (warmth in it) are all tones which remind us of the first buds of life on trees and flowers.
If you want your room to feel like a breath of fresh air, then we recommend going for bright and natural colours such as shades of yellow, green, blue and pinks. All of these colours in their lighter tones embrace the hues of nature. Because of this, they also have a calming effect on the mind and can be great for painting rooms where you want to relax and unwind – such as the lounge or bedroom.”