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Give Your Home An Autumn Facelift

Autumn, like Spring, is often a time when we feel like giving our homes a bit of a facelift. A simple way to do this is to change the colour of the walls. Not only does giving the walls a lick of paint help freshen up our homes, but it can also alter the mood of a room.

And it’s not only in terms of individual rooms. Interior designers also claim that colour can help ‘unify’ a home. By this they mean that using the same five colours or so (in different shades) throughout the house can help ‘bring rooms together’ and create a more cohesive look.

Colours can also, of course, stir up emotions such as a feeling of calm, anxiety, happiness or even anger. There are basically three types of colour we can adorn our walls with – active, passive and neutral. Read our guide below to see what colours relate to particular moods:

Active Colours:

Red – promotes vibrancy and dynamism. But can also lead to raised blood pressure!
Orange – denotes optimism, cheerfulness and can actually make an individual feel more energetic.
Yellow – a joyful and happy colour but too much of it can lead to frustration

Passive Colours:

Purple – a passionate, romantic shade which is restful in lighter shades such as lilac
Green – restful, balanced and great for creating a feeling of relaxation
Blue – tranquil and cool. According to studies lighter shades of blue have been shown to slow down an individual’s heart rate

Neutral Colours:

White – a colour which can give a feeling of freshness as well as calm
Black – mysteriousness, bold and grounding

Design With Colours

Colours can be the basis of particular themes for a room. For instance:

Creating an accent colour: Bold colours are best for an accent colour ie where a feature wall is painted in a certain colour and is then replicated throughout the room. For instance a feature wall in orange could be complimented with accessories such as cushions, picture frames, candles and bowls/vases in shades of tangerine, burnt orange, apricot etc. The reason bold and vivid colours are chosen as an ‘accent’ is because they would be too overwhelming when used as the main colour in a room.

Monochromatic colour scheme: Monochromatic colouring ie using different shades of the same colour in a room, can make a room look larger. That’s because there’s no ‘cut off’ point for the eye as there would be with block colouring (ie a black sofa and white wall). The image below is an excellent example of a monochromatic blue room:

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To get an idea of how colours work together it’s a good idea to consult a tool beloved of all interior designers called The colour wheel. Not only does it show which colours match or clash but it can also help distinguish between warm/cold shades.

Meanwhile, one of our favourite colour schemes here at Heiton-Buckley is black and white. The contrasting neutral shades when placed together can result in a striking and dramatic look. It also leads to a sense of calm.

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Here at Heiton-Buckley we stock a wide range of paint colours in store, including major brands such as Dulux, Crown and Berger. You can also buy rollers, brushes and trays. Feel like a change for winter? Then why not take a look at our selection today?