How to choose colour for your home:
Mood and Colour
Colour sets the mood of a room, so think about how you want it to ‘feel’ before you start. Do you want a relaxing space or a lively one? Should it be calm or upbeat? The function of the room will help you understand how you want it to feel too. Do you want a bedroom that’s restful and calming or intimate and romantic?
In general, neutral colours tend to create calm, soothing spaces, while bolder colours create anything from a formal atmosphere to passion and energy. Check out our colour guide to see how colour can create different moods.
From crimson to cherry, red injects instant drama into any space. It’s an energising colour that promotes liveliness and interaction. So if you’re looking to create a sociable dining room or kitchen, it could be a good choice. Some say it increases your heart rate, so it may not be the best choice for a bedroom if you’re looking for a calming space. But an all-red room can be overwhelming, so consider an accent wall out of indirect light, or offset its intensity with delicate pink shades.
Blues tend to be soothing and serene, and they’re even said to help sleep. There are so many shades to choose from, so you can easily create the mood you want. Dark blues can create a regal, formal feel; aqua blues are refreshing and invigorating; and sky blues can feel tranquil and harmonious.
Here's a tip
#wickestips Be careful with very cool blues in rooms that don’t get much sun. These shades can create a cold feeling, which is especially noticeable in winter. Brrr!
Because of its associations with nature, green can feel restorative and balancing in a home. After a long stressful day, green can help promote a sense of tranquility and composure. From deep conifer to pale lemongrass, there are so many calming shades to choose from.
Yellow is a colour with different personalities. At its palest, it’s peaceful and calm. At its most vibrant, it’s energising, lively and happy. It’s also thought to promote creative thinking and a positive attitude.
This is a social, optimistic colour that’s just perfect for social spaces. It’s said to encourage people to talk and connect, so great for living and dining rooms. But because it can be an intense colour, it can become overwhelming, so think about softening its impact by combining it with more delicate hues or creating an accent wall.
White can make rooms feel light, open and airy. It’s clean, timeless and gives the illusion of space—making it great for smaller rooms. Mood-wise, it can feel calming and soothing, helping you unwind after long days. Watch out though as it can feel clinical if you don’t off set the white by hanging pictures.
Brown can create a feeling of safety—a cosy cocoon. It’s always a stylish choice, and is great for creating understated rooms that make people feel at ease. Combine with neutrals for a soft, timeless look.
High-impact and high-drama, black is an unapologetic choice. it’s best used in moderation (black woodwork can look striking, as can accessories or accent walls) or combined to create a monochromatic colour scheme.