Your Favourite Colour Schemes Decoded

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19 Apr 2013

If you love yellow and orange you have a friendly personality and enjoy sharing the feeling.

There’s more to colour than meets the eye. It’s an experience, an emotion, a feeling or a desire that starts as a neutral signal along the optic nerve of the eye.

Decorating your home in your favourite shades makes you feel comfortable or creates a setting that is designed to stir up a specific emotion or feeling.

Everyone has a favourite colour, whether it's a bold blue, splash of black or sunny yellow and the hues you choose for your living spaces are an indication of your personality.

Here’s a look at what your selection of tones says about you...

Bright warm colours

If you love yellow and orange you have a friendly personality and enjoy sharing the feeling. These shades tend to make a room ‘hug’ you and make you feel comfortable and secure, but be careful how you use yellow or orange in a small space as they tend to be overpowering.

Save these bright colours for a feature wall or use them to accent pieces such as curtains, rugs and soft accessories.  

Dominate a room with blue and then add yellow or white - or combine yellow and white together and your playful side will shine through, indicating a more creative side to your personality.  

Purple 'glams up' a space without overpowering it and creates a feeling that is cosy yet unconfined.

Cool soft hues

Softer shades of blue are an indication that you are compassionate, even though you tend to be too sensitive. Whether this is your personality or not, decorating with soft shades of blue and white will add a fresh look to a dull room.  

Colours in the blue spectrum are also cooling and calming and are perfect for a hot, sunny room or an office space that feels the heat of tension more than the heat of the sun . 

Rich relaxed palettes

Mauve and lavender are colours that reflect a personality that is refined and yearns for order and culture. The darker shades are traditionally the colours of nobility and a combination of light and dark show your true nature and inclination to actively participate in charitable causes.

Mauve and lavender are also perfect colours for adding interest to a room that lacks architectural detail or interest. They 'glam up' a space without overpowering it and create a feeling that is cosy yet unconfined.

Add a splash of vibrant yellow and you will create an elegant setting that is more modern and less traditional.

Decorating with soft shades of blue and white will add a fresh look to a dull room.

Natural tones

Shades of grey, beige and brown offer a sense of permanence and provide a link to organic décor.

This choice of colour is timeless, reminds us of nature and eliminates the need for repainting your home often.

But don't think of these shades as boring - there are so many ways to lift a neutral scheme with any colour.

Some experts say decorating with shades of grey reflects a staid or boring personality but others agree that grey is a colour associated with maturity and a move away from flighty hues.

 However, if you want to avoid a depressing look, mix grey with bright colours that lift up the mood of a room. Pick any hue that works well with grey and you can inflect a different aspect of your personality simply by adding a colour you love.

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