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How we respond to colour in the home is very important. It is well established that colour can affect the way you feel and so if you want to create a home that promotes a sense of happiness and wellbeing then your use of colour should not be overlooked. With the launch of our new RSG Paint Collection, curated by co-founders Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, we have had lots of positive response about our new fabulous colours. One question, however, that we are often asked by our lovely customers and members of our Facebook Interior Advice Forum, is what colours to use in what room?

It goes without saying that different rooms in the home serve a different function and purpose and so in rooms that you want to relax a more calming hue should be used, whilst in rooms where you need to be productive then a more energising and positive colour should be incorporated. So to help you with your wall colour decision making we have created a short guide below all about how each colour of the rainbow makes you feel and how to use that colour in your home.


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How Red Makes You Feel

An energising colour, red is emotive and can arouse strong feelings and emotions of excitement and passion.

How to use Red Paint in the home

If you want to feel energised and invigorated in a room then red is a great colour choice. Bold and beautiful, red is a fantastic colour for your hallways, utility room, home office and kitchen - all of which are productive spaces, where you need to get s**t done!


How Blue Makes You Feel

Relaxed, calm and tranquil are the words associated with the colour blue. It's also associated with feelings of orderliness and it is said to be one of the most productive colours of the rainbow too.

How To Use Blue In The Home

Bolder and bright blues are super energising and so are perfect for office spaces, children's playrooms, kitchens, hallways and bathrooms.

Darker, muted blues such as navy blue promote calmness and tranquillity and so are the prefered colour choice for your living room, bedroom or guest room - typically spaces that you go to for escape and respite.


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How Green Makes You Feel

Green is said to evoke feelings of balance, tranquillity, vibrancy, connectedness to nature and even good luck!

How To Use The Colour Green In The Home

In our last newsletter, we spoke about the versatility of the colour green. Whether you prefer soft green tones, emerald hues or dark forest green shades, this versatile colour can be adapted to just about any decor style and will promote a feeling of connectedness to nature.

Darker green shades such as Forest Green work wonders for living rooms and bedrooms or anywhere in the home when you are in need of a little cosy respite. Whereas, brighter greens such as Emerald Green is perfect for energising a space such as kitchens or hallways.


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How Yellow Makes You Feel

Thought to make you feel joyful, optimistic, happy and warm, yellow is a cheery colour!

How To Use Yellow In The Home

Mustard walls are vogue at the moment and it's no wonder as the slightly darker yellow hue is a wonderful way to inject a happy and uplifting spirit to almost all living spaces in the home. If you have a darker bedroom, then mustard yellow walls which have naturally warming tones are perfect for creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.
Alternatively, if you prefer lighter yellow hues then we recommend sticking to South Facing rooms that see a lot of sunlight. Lighter yellow tones tend to have a cooling effect and if you paint these colours in rooms that typically do not see a lot of daylight then you can risk creating an uninviting and agitating atmosphere.


Co-founder, Jane Rockett's living room painted in our Broderie Paint Colour

How Pink Makes You Feel

Pink is said to make you feel calm, nurtured and loved. It's also associated with feelings of joyfulness and creativity.

How To Use Pink In The Home

Pink is not just for children's rooms. A fabulous colour for living rooms and bedrooms, nude and pale pinks with warming undertones can make you feel nurtured and safe in your home. Meanwhile, brighter pinks are loud and expressionate perfect for creating impact and energy in spaces. So, this makes bright pinks particularly well suited for creative spaces such as workshops or anywhere in need of a bit of energy.


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How Grey Makes You Feel

Grey is said to evoke feelings of sophistication, refinement, quietness and relaxation.

How To Use Grey In The Home

Blogger, journalist and fabulous friend of RSG, Kate Watson-Smyth in her #10MinsWith Interview said that "I like dark grey best. It brings drama and elegance and makes everything else in the room look more exciting and better than it might actually be" and we couldn't agree more. Perfect for those of you who want to experiment with dark hues in the home, grey is a fabulous colour for the home.

For a relaxing and cocooning feel opt for darker charcoal greys or greys with a bluish tint. For a more brightening feeling opt for lighter shades of grey. However, be mindful of how much natural light the room receives as without plenty of natural light the room may end up feeling cold and impersonal.


Image Credit: The home of Helene Morris. Extraordinary Interiors By Jane Rockett and Lucy St George. Photography by Debi Treloar

How White Makes You Feel

White is thought to make you feel pure, fresh and is symbolic of new beginnings/ clean slate.

How To Use White In The Home

Clean and crisp white wall colours are stylish, calm and timeless and when used correctly can create the illusion of spaciousness. Perfect for just about any room in the home, the key thing to remember when painting with white colours is what direction your room is facing. If it's North Facing, then it is wise to opt for whites with a warming undertone so as not to create a stark, impersonal feel, whilst Southern Facing rooms with lots of natural light will work with just about any shade of white.


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How Black Makes You Feel

Black can make you feel powerful, strong, glamorous and sexy - a winning combo in our opinion!

How To Use Black In The Home

At RSG we feel that you simply cannot go wrong with black hues. Traditionally, darker paints were at their most popular during Victorian times, but the colour looks absolutely fantastic in just about any decor style, including modern, traditional, rustic and urban settings.  Like white, the trick for using black in the home is to opt for a warming black hue with undertones of brown to promote a feeling of cosiness and unity - ideal for living rooms and bedrooms.

Take it from us that a lovely dark black wall will make your accessories pop, bright colours sing and plants simply glow!


So there we have it - How Colour Can Make You Feel. At the end of this blog, we thought that we would just give you a friendly reminder that there is no such thing as a universally loved colour - we all perceive it in different ways. So whilst, many of these colours will evoke the feelings that we have described its also worth remembering that we all have colours that we absolutely love or loathe. Ultimately, using colour in your home comes down to how it makes you feel. So take time to test sample pots and even paint a section of the wall and live with it for a few days. For us, this is a surefire way of deciding whether a colour is right for you or not.

For more information about How To Choose The Right Paint Colour For Your Walls, particularly when considering the direction of a room then check out our blog. And, to see more of our new RSG Paint Collection then click on the image below...


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