When it comes to decorating a house, colour is so much more than a matter of taste. In fact, plenty of scientific evidence suggests that use of colour can have a major impact on a person’s mood. (There’s a reason people don’t paint their bedrooms red)

From blue to white, our in-house editors have complied a list of colours that work for your living spaces and why.

Green, the colour of plants and nature, represents growth and life. Shades of green work best in areas that require more quiet and extended concentration, like a bedroom, office or library.

Utilising green and blue and coordinating a gray neutral colour will help the small space feel larger, and an analogous colour scheme of blues and greens creates a harmonious natural feel.

Blue: Psychologically, blue is associated with tranquility and contentment. Deep blue is considered to be the optimum colour for slowing down the body and mind to allow relaxation and recuperation.

Blue can make you feel calm, centered, and content wherever you use it, which makes it a great colour for the bedroom as well as the home office.

White: White denotes purity and cleanliness and reflects more light than any other colour. Translation: it’s perfect for opening up small, dark spaces.

Anything but boring if you do it right, white has been long adored for creating the illusion of space and height.

Orange: Orange is known for its warmth, energy and ability to stimulate appetites. (Its popularity with fast food restaurants is no coincidence, y’all!)

It is said that the colour orange is the most social of all colours. It stimulates conversation, communication, and interaction. It reflects youth and energy and is a great choice for anywhere you want lots of action, activity, and high energy.

Yellow: Often associated with optimism and the sun, no colour evokes happiness quite like yellow does. Just be careful not to go overboard—nobody should feel like they have to wear sunglasses inside your house.

It is especially good in rooms that are dark or don’t get a lot of light. Kitchens, entryways, and living rooms are good in these tones. They are convivial, friendly and make you feel like you are surrounded by sunshine—they’re a great mood lifter.

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