We already know how colors can influence our mood and equally reflect our personality, but when it comes to decorating the home, what are the best colors to use to evoke feelings of joy and happiness?
With so many hues to choose from, Lorna McAleer, interiors expert at at , has whittled down the best colors that will boost your mood and help .
Are you searching for the most uplifting color? Look no further than yellow.
"Upbeat and friendly,," says Lorna. "It is also reported to cause the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter chemical that contributes to a feeling of wellbeing. So, scientifically speaking, it's the best color to lift the spirits."
Whether light and airy or bold and bright, the color yellow also has the power to stimulate creativity. While undoubtedly bringing vibrancy to any room in the home, Lorna suggests using yellow in bedrooms and bathrooms.
Tip: Yellow can be overpowering, so allow yellow accents to shine against a sophisticated grey backdrop.
This year Pantone named Greenery as its Color of the Year and it's calming and soothing connotations will bring contentment to your life.
Lorna explains: "Green mimics nature. In its softer forms, green is a soothing shade that aids concentration and relaxation. Bolder greens are the sign for 'go' and can have a galvanizing effect.
"Using green in the home can have a grounding effect that connects homeowners to the outdoors. The correct shade will make a room feel like it links seamlessly to what's outside the window."
Tip: Mix and match tones of green by drawing inspiration from the garden.
"Blue symbolizes loyalty and trust. Those who choose blue are considered confident and dependable," says Lorna. "People have been found to be more productive in a blue room because they are calm and focused. Blue tones work best in bathrooms, studies, and bedrooms. It's also an ideal color for small rooms."
Tip: Use a blue with a warm undertone to stop the room from feeling cold. Create the illusion of space with similar tones on the walls, moldings and floor to merge the boundaries of the room.
"Pink is the choice of a loving, kind and generous individual," explains Lorna. ". It's also the color of romance and sensuality.
"Meanwhile vibrant pink signifies an optimistic outlook on life. It is fun, energetic, and inspirational. Pink is best used in domestic spaces such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms."
Tip: Pink can make a space feel small. This color is best used in a space with large windows or a space that gets a lot of light.
Red is a bold and confident shade, and "studies show that red raises the heart rate and induces emotion, so it is ideal for energetic homeowners who like to get things done," says Lorna.
? "Red demands attention and denotes a lust for life. It symbolizes optimism, confidence, and vitality," Lorna explains. "Red used in living spaces will make a room feel opulent and welcoming. It also creates the perception of warmth, especially during the ."
Tip: Red can be intense, so introducing pattern can tone it down without losing the vibrancy.