What does your home say about your personality?
Take a look around your home and what do you see? Does it reflect your love of all things warm and cosy, deeply traditional or light and bright? Or have things gone out of control so much so that your penchant for minimal clean lines, has created a home that’s the wrong side of chilly with nowhere for the kids to mess around; or has your collection of miniature teapots jar taken the cluttered look beyond busy; or, horror of horrors, has your personality stamped out under a barrage of DIY confusion as you bounce from one project to the next?
Whatever your tastes, likes or dislikes, putting them into practice to create a home that reflects what you and your family are all about can be tricky. To help you along the way, and without letting that personality taking over, we’ll take a look at what your choice of colour says about you, and what hues work best in what room. Plus we’ll see what can you glean from the latest home decorating trends and how can you make them work for you.
Colour affects just about every aspect of your life. It has an imapct on your mood and even your appetite. And the colour scheme of your surroundings can determine the kind of day you’ll have and it can also say a lot about the kind of environment you’ve created. Whether you’re drawn to fire engine red or have painted your living room bright yellow, your colour choice says a lot about you and influences the environment you create at home.
If you’re not sure about working with colour, you’d do well to follow the general advice and stick with neutral shades as they work so well together. Consider using a single colour in various tones to create a soothing simple colour scheme. But if you’re feeling confident, don’t be afraid to experiment with colour and make bold statements. Both these rooms start with a neutral base, but achieve very different results.
Perhaps the most important room in the home. So be sure to choose one that suits your lifestyle. But remember, the look and appeal of your kitchen doesn’t always have to come from expensive cabinets. Add interest, by designing around them in bold colours in other areas of the room, such as the floor or ceiling. Adding colour to this area not only makes a room look more interesting, because they’re not in your eye-line you’re less likely to get bored with it.
Indulge in the bedroom
Your bedroom is a place to let your passions run wild and be a bit more adventurous. A clever trick is to make the bed the focus of the room, and use it to build up colour and/or textures ‘ this designs below achieves just that.
You may love that vintage look, but remember you don’t have to make that the theme of the whole house ‘ one-off pieces are a clever way to introduce your personality without it taking over.
Bored with your plain white dinner service that seemed like a good idea at the time? Inject some fun and colour at the dinner table, by mixing in some pretty floral jugs or serving bowls or plates.
Breaking the colour code
Use our guide to see what your choice of colours say about the person you are.
Red is the strongest of all the colours, it stimulates the senses, expresses excitement and high energy. Red lovers are often bold, impulsive, and energetic. Great for entrance halls, warm reds give an intimate feel to dining rooms
Green represents nature, growth and relaxation. Harmony, balance, compassion and concentration are often linked with people drawn to green.
Green goes with most colours and in its darker shades it works as a neutral. Try using shades of green to create a fresh, clean kitchen.
Blue is calm, restful and relaxing. People drawn to blue are dependable, yet strong and authoritative. Tints of blue can help to make a room appear bigger than it really is.
Yellow represents happiness and optimism and often appeals to those with an optimistic and joyful nature. It is the most difficult colour for the eye to process and see. Yellow is a good colour to use in a room that does not receive any natural daylight, such as a dark hallway.
Brown conveys contentment and comfort. This earth colours attracts the affectionate and kind-hearted. This subtle colour is good for a den or study.
Orange reflects spirit, warmth, comfort and action. It appeals to extrovert, jovial and happy individuals. Orange can work well in family room.
Purple conveys wisdom, loyalty and spirituality. It’s also a regal colour, which can point to nobility, dignity and luxury. Individuals drawn to purple are philosophical, passionate and romantic. Deep purple or plum works well in guest rooms ‘ your visitors feel like they’re getting the ‘royal treatment’.
Black is bold, sophisticated and glamorous. It often appeals to powerful individuals and is also associated with elegance, confidence, creativity and minimalism.
White indicates purity, virtue, and cleanliness, and represents the innocent and young at heart. White rooms tend to be very dramatic and create a feeling of quiet luxury.