An Injection of Ambient Colour

You can make dramatic changes to your home by using a few, subtle injections of colour. By improvising with colour, you can create a fresh new look for your home and bring more life to your rooms without breaking the bank. Before getting started, you should first learn a little bit about colour psychology. Colours can be very powerful, and when they are used wisely they can change the atmosphere and feeling of a room.

Colour psychology

According to colour psychologists, there are four primary colours that are linked with human emotions and moods; these are red, yellow, blue and green. These represent the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) plus the very natural and earthly green. Each colour is related to the body, the mind, emotions or the balance of all three. Each colour has both positive and negative qualities that need to be carefully managed.

Red is considered the physical colour. It represents physical courage, strength, warmth, energy and excitement. However, it also represents aggression, strain, defiance and visual impact, which are negative responses.

Blue is the intellectual colour. It represents communication, trust, efficiency, logic and calmness. This is why blue is so often used in business branding. However, blue is also cold, unfriendly, aloof and emotionless. If you are prone to feeling down, blue should be avoided.

Yellow is the colour of emotions. It represents optimism, confidence, self-esteem, friendliness and creativity. However, it can also represent fear, depression, anxiety and doubt.

Green is all about balance, harmony and refreshment. It represents universal love, environmental awareness, equilibrium and peace. However, it can also convey boredom, stagnation and blandness.

Other colours have their own meanings and feelings, but we do not have the time to go too deep into colour psychology here.

Repaint objects or furniture

The shabby chic movement has taught us that painting wooden furniture is a great way to bring new life to old, dated pieces. Do not be afraid with painting wooden furniture. In fact, it used to be much more common than it is today. People used to paint their dressers and chairs in all manner of colours. Add some warmth to a cold north-facing room with a brilliant red display cabinet.


Replacing cushions or upholstery is another way to add colour; you do not have to fork out for the full cost of replacement, and therefore you are doing a good thing for sustainability as well as being cost-efficient.

If you choose an ambient colour for your sofa it will make a very bold statement to the room and effectively change the emotional energy within it. You don't necessarily need to change your sofa because it's not the correct mood colour, but you could add cushions to it that are in the right mood colour. Also, a well-placed throw can immediately change the feel of a room with minimal cost, and the advantage of throws and cushions is that you can change them with the seasons to help keep a balance throughout the year.

Adding splashes of colour is a very cheap and quick way of completely recharging a room in the home, and it can also be a lot of fun!

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