How to Create the Right Mood with Coloured Blinds
The concept that colour and pattern can affect our moods is widely accepted, but some still believe that any alteration is minimal. However, having the right coloured furnishings in our homes changes our frame of mind whether we realise it or not; whether it’s simply a case of lighter colours reflecting more of the sun’s rays into our rooms, or deeper colours suggesting a cosy interior on cold nights.
Different colours and shades have the ability to stimulate various parts of your brain, instigating feelings like nostalgia, relaxation, agitation and more. So when choosing our window blinds, practicality and style are always at the forefront of our minds, but colour is just as important.
A colour associated with bright sunshine, yellow is highly stimulating and can invoke feelings of happiness – probably an echo from our evolutionary past. This means it’s not such a great idea for the bedroom, but works well in a lively kitchen or play room.
Where the default wall colour is usually some shade of white/beige, brown is the perfect choice for the blinds that pair with this. Supposedly instigating feelings of security and confidence, brown can be great for cosy living rooms, and works wonderfully with other natural colours.
Long known to be a colour that represents passionate emotions such as anger and love, red also promotes creativity and activity with a raising of the heart rate and adrenaline levels. All of these things should be taken into account when selecting red blinds, with bedrooms advisably avoided – especially those of young children. Dining rooms and kitchens can benefit from a splash of red, as the increase in heart rate and blood pressure also helps to stimulate appetite.
A little schizophrenic in nature, blue is both said to have a calming effect and to conjure feelings of sorrow so its use should be considered carefully. The relaxing properties make it a good choice for a home office or study, allowing you to focus on work. Lighter shades are also ideal for the bathroom, with the aqua overtones proving a natural pairing with the environment while helping to increase tranquillity.
Green is another peace-inducing colour, balancing out the extremer ends of the blue and red shades. Living rooms and bedrooms can benefit from green hues, but be careful not to overdo it: an overpowering of the colour can be off-putting, so opt for blinds with green elements in the design instead of block colour. Some have also suggested that green shades encourage fertility, so consider blinds of this colour for the bedroom (depending on your intentions!).
Deemed a little too dark and morose as a furnishing colour by many, black can provide a touch of class if used sparingly. The dramatic effect of a black blind can work wonders in a contemporary looking office, while for those environments requiring a blackout blind, such as a baby’s bedroom or a lecture hall where overhead projectors are used, black is the natural choice.