You can completely transform a room simply by changing the colours in it. Which colours are best for setting different moods? Tranquil It might not be the most popular colour for adult rooms, but if you really want to create a calm and tranquil environment, then you need to think pink. Pink walls are used in police cells and psychiatric units to calm down agitated prisoners and patients – many studies have found this colour to have an effect on stressed out brains! There's no getting away from the fact that pink is a "girly" colour though, as parents of young girls will know only too well - but the bright, bold pink of the cushion pictured is a great accent colour for neutrally-decorated interiors. If you're thinking of adding pink to a room but don't want it to look too feminine or like a nursery, you could try using a blend or mix of compatible rose and lilac tones on either side of the pink colour range. Another option is to use copper and terracotta tones (the colour of baked clay), which are pink, without being too pink. Intellectual It is strange that more schools don't have yellow walls, as yellow has been shown in many studies to stimulate intellectual thought. Like pink, yellow is relaxing, the warmth it creates in the room allows us to relax – and then get thinking...it's a great choice for a home study or games room. When choosing yellow for walls, think about the amount of natural sunlight a room gets. If the room is on the shaded side of the house for most of the day, it's a good idea to pick a lighter, more acidic, lemony yellow – this will lighten the room. If the room enjoys a sunny position a more orangey, yolky yellow will be lit up by the sun's rays to create a warm environment. Hopefulness It's no coincidence that a number of corporations have logos with green in them – this is a colour that invites trust, being so associated with springtime, the most optimistic time of year. Greens vary so much and can be difficult to match with other colours. Sage and khaki greens with their grey tones are the most compatible with other colours and look fantastic against woods of all shades. Richer leaf greens can make a dramatic contribution to a room, especially when used sparing along with off-white yellow and blue backgrounds. Trust
We all associate the colour blue with cleanliness and it often relegated to bathrooms - but it can work fantastically in all areas of the house, such as this friendly living room. But it is a great option for kitchens too, especially blue looks great against metallic silver-greys. Like the colour green, blue can be a difficult colour to mix with other colours. One option is to mix and match bright turquoises against dark navy blues. Orange is an excellent contrasting colour for all blue tones. Passionate If your plan is to create a romantic, or more exciting backdrop, then you need to add some red to your home. Reds, from bright poppy red through to deep maroons instantly add drama and draw your eyes into the room. A small room decorated with a range of red fabrics and painted walls will instantly feel cosy and intimate. Set the romantic mood throughout the house! Plush Purple is the traditional colour of royalty and even now suggest luxury and opulence – just look at how many chocolate treats are in purple packaging. It can overwhelm, but when used as an accent colour (curtains, cushions etc.) it can really transform a room. It can make adjacent pink tones look more sophisticated and complements dark woods. Just avoid teaming it with green, otherwise your house will look like the Wimbledon championships!