How to use these five colours to improve your home

Design expert Julia Black says there is more to consider than your favourite shade of paint.
Published March 4, 2020 10:30 a.m. EST
Last Updated March 7, 2020 11:00 p.m. EST
When it comes to picking a colour to use in your home, there's more to consider than just your favourite shade of paint. Colours can influence your mood and the harmony of the environment, so to break down exactly which shade to pick is lifestyle expert Julia Black. She told us all about how we can use colours in the home, and what they mean . Check out her tips below and in the video clip above!


Use blue in your bathrooms, in your home office and in subtle layers in your bedroom. Do not use in combination with other cooler colours like white and grey, but rather layer in warmer tones. Blue is a reflection of nature and is associated with calmness, serenity, peace, stability and non-threatening environments.


Use green in kitchens and living room spaces. It can also be used in small ways in the bedroom, as it is associated with fertility. Green has a strong association with nature. The colour is refreshing, tranquil, soothing, health-giving and has been thought to relieve stress, especially in work places.Use yellow sparingly as tabletop décor and accessories. Do not use in kids’ bedrooms or any bedrooms for its ability to induce wakefulness! This colour is bright and cheerful and has been reported to release serotonin. It's associated with optimism, but it can be intense and abrasive.


Use white in kitchens, bathrooms and in combinations in bedrooms. Do not use white as a dominant colour in TV/entertainment rooms, because it isn’t cozy!White is connected to purity & innocence in western cultures, and makes rooms seem larger and more spacious. White parallels cleanliness, freshness and simplicity.


Red is really not a favourable colour to use, so instead think about using pinks. Do use as an accent or in conversation pieces. Paler tones are the most soothing for your eyes and mood. Do not use dark shades of red or pink in kitchens, dining rooms or bedrooms as it demands attention in an aggressive way. Red is associated with being warm, vibrant and intense, and along with orange and yellow, can stimulate your appetite (think of fast food logos and restaurants) - so never paint your dining room or kitchen those colours. Pink is more associated with being gentle, loving, peaceful and compassionate.[video_embed id='1913507']BEFORE YOU GO: Mom realizes she forgot her kids while trying to drop them off at school[/video_embed]