Ok, so you just bought a new home, or maybe you are looking to refresh your room, give it a boost or a lift, bring new life. I have a personal interest in learning more about this topic because I am looking for a new home and have always wondered how I can give it the mix-and-match that I want and still come out looking right and more importantly, it looks like mine! My personality, my colours, my mood.

I earlier wrote a blogpost on using cushions to give it a breath of fresh air. One other easy way besides an overhaul to your space is to play with colours, for e.g, give your room a fresh coat of paint or adding blocks of colours using lampshades or a canvas or new curtains to introduce new, fresh perspective.

In this series of ‘COLOURS’, I will tackle some fundamental questions we ask ourselves when we want to apply colours. First part of the series: What do colours mean and how they are grouped?

We live in colours. The colour you choose to wear on a day reflects your mood or an occasion or meeting you are attending that day. Each colour holds a meaning and it interacts or reflects with our state of mind. Some days you feel like wearing black and on others you go all passionate with red. Changing your wardrobe is an easy thing to do but a room colour is something you need to consider properly.

Colours are group into three major classes:

  1. Active Colours (Red, pink, yellow, orange)
    – Strong, passionate and seeks to stand out
  2. Passive Colours (Blue, green, purple)
    – Calming, soothes.
  3. Neutral Colours (White, black, gray, beige, brown)
    – Generally relaxing, and boring to some.
Colour groupings

Colour groupings

However note that less saturated shades of the above colours would make you feel different. If we compare a bright fiery red and a muted brick red, you would find yourself feeling or responding differently.

Saturated colours vs. Muted colours

Saturated colours vs. Muted colours

Learning about colours will help you find balance in your life, room, space. For e.g. unless you want to be energized all the time, you may choose not to use red, orange or yellow as the main colour in your bedroom, since it is usually used for resting and retreating from the world. Instead you may want to consider a blend of colours from the passive and neutral groups. Green or blue are generally calming and even inspiring, both physically and emotionally.

Here’s a list of what major colours mean:

Red: Action, confidence, courage, vitality
Pink: Love, beauty
Brown: Earth, order, convention
Orange: Vitality with endurance
Gold: Wealth, prosperity, wisdom
Yellow: Wisdom, joy, happiness, intellectual energy
Green: Life, nature, fertility, well being
Blue: Youth, spirituality, truth, peace
Purple: Royalty, magic, mystery
Indigo: Intuition, meditation, deep contemplation
White: Purity, Cleanliness
Black: Earth, stability
Gray: Security, maturity

In the next part of this series, we’ll chat more about how to use colours, mixing and matching them in our interior. Til then, have fun exploring with colours with the clothes you pick to wear everyday. See how it influences the way you feel!