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Your quick guide to colour theory

Have you ever thought about how your surroundings might be influencing your mood? Whether we're relaxing in our loungeroom or sitting in a restaurant, we're constantly influenced by the colours around us, for better or worse!


Basic colour theory knowledge can come in handy when it's time to renovate or redecorate, as it will guide you to choose successful colour schemes for your home. Keep reading below for some key information you need on how to apply colour theory.


How Colours Affect Mood

While an individual's response to colour can stem from personal experience, the science of colour along with colour psychology supports the idea there's far more to it. Colour theory is both the science and art of using colour that also involves the messages different colours communicate and the emotions they evoke. As a general guide, the following colours tend to have the following associations:

  • Red: energy, excitement, passion, power

  • Pink: love, romance, calm, tenderness

  • Orange: enthusiasm, energy, warmth

  • Brown: comfort, natural, enduring

  • Yellow: happiness, joy, optimism, hope

  • Purple: nobility, creativity, luxury

  • Blue: serenity, stillness, focus

  • Green: youth, growth, prosperity, tranquillity

  • Black: power, anger, strength, mystery, wealth

  • White: cleanliness, peace, purity, clinical



Best Home Colour Combinations

If you're thinking about repainting the interior of your home, it's worth looking into calming, neutral shades that will set the tone for the entire space. If you want to stick to one key colour, look to tones like creams, greys, pewter, light green and soft aqua. They can all bring a sense of peace to your interior, plus they all go perfectly with a wide range of other shades.



Design experts have also expected the following colour combinations to be popular this year, for everything from paint to throw pillows: Gray + Orange or Red, Neutrals + Orange, Red or Green + Beige.


Popular bedroom colours

Shades of blue are becoming increasingly popular in living rooms, as they can bring a sense of tranquillity to the sanctuary where you spend your evenings. Consider mixing a striking darker tone of blue (grey blue, navy or Prussian) with lighter shades of grey (pebble or satin) to create a sense of luxury.

When it comes to children's bedrooms, seek out styles that will capture their playful energy. We have a wide range of coloured and patterned blinds available.



Living room colour ideas

In an ideal loungeroom or living area, nothing too chaotic takes place. It's a space dedicated for relaxing, resting and recharging. So, with that in mind, look to soothing shades such as blues, greens, creams, neutral pinks and greys.



Bring life to the bathroom

Neutrals like white, cream, beige, combined with accents in a more vibrant colour will keep any bathroom fresh yet friendly. We recommend keeping the paint a neutral shade and instead, adding energy via accent colours (pinks, yellows, oranges, greens) on your tiles, accessories or window blinds.



Popular Indoor Blinds and Shutters

Whichever style you're interested in, all of our products come in a variety of classic and contemporary shades.


Bedroom Blinds: Some of the best styles for the bedroom include products that can block out light and increase privacy, such as roller blinds, double roller blinds and vision blinds.


Living Room Blinds: When it comes to the living area, you'll want styles that filter light efficiently, to reduce any on-screen glare on your devices. Look to products such as vertical blinds, venetian blinds and allusion blinds.


Bathroom blinds: Above all else, the blinds you install in your bathroom should be durable. Keep mould and water-damage at bay with sturdy styles like aluminium venetian blinds or Fauxwood blinds.


Interested in fitting out your home with new curtains or blinds? Give us a call us on 02108433156 or email anita@cbdesign.nz to arrange a free measure and quote with a highly-trained consultant in your own home.

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