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How to show your true colours at home

Have you ever thought about how the colours of your interior design choices will effect the atmosphere of a room? Designers at five star housebuilder Barratt Homes has. It’s not just about what looks nice – it’s much more than that.

Choosing the colour of your decor really is one of the best ways to express yourself. After all, your home is your space – your sanctuary and your blank canvas. It can be tailored to reflect you and your family, making it a happy and comforting place.

You may want to paint all of your walls with your favourite shades, but stop and think. How will these colours change the feel of your home, for you and for any visitors?

To give you an idea of how it works, Barratt Homes’ design experts have taken a closer look at the meaning of colours.

“There are many meanings behind different colours,” says Barratt Homes. “Many often link them to temperatures – with reds and oranges being considered warm, and blues and purples perceived as being cold. But it doesn’t stop there. Colours can also be linked to different personality traits and emotions.

Colours can change how we feel. They can even make us perform certain actions. For example, the universal colour for ‘Stop’ or ‘Danger’ is red for a reason – not because it was someone’s favourite. So, if you’re thinking about painting a room, it’s definitely worth thinking about how you want that room to make people feel.


Guide to colours – their positive emotional links

Red courage, passion and romance

Yellow happiness, intellect and joy

Green friendly, welcoming and peaceful

Blue calm, health and tranquility

Purple peaceful, romantic and nostalgic

Orange exciting, stimulating and playful

Pink innocence, nurture and love

Black powerful, secure and sophisticated

White clean, simplistic and healthy

Brown sturdy, reliable and supportive


Of course, colour doesn’t have to be all about how it makes you feel. There are also trends to think about – in both fashion and interior design.

Colour trends are so significant that many paint brands even choose a ‘Colour of the Year’. Dulux says its colour for 2019 is Spiced Honey – stating its warm amber tone can be soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant – depending on the palette you pair it with.

Barratt is very aware of the latest colours, shades and tones – and its interior designers use them to brilliant effect within show homes across all the developments. They certainly know their stuff because they have inspired those who buy our homes to create their own very personal sanctuaries – whether they be modern and vibrant or traditional and comforting.