There’s a reason we all love a rainbow – right? And, although it could be the promise of the pot of gold at the end of it, I still think it’s the colours that provoke the emotion.

Psychologists have studied colours and their influence on our mood, productivity and creativity.  Understanding some of the results help to recognise how to use colour effectively in our homes.

Some colour choices are obvious. The femininity of pinks, the bright happy hue of yellow, whilst greens are often used to create a tranquil, peaceful environment. 

Neutral colour schemes are currently very popular and grey is a backdrop which still features widely on the high street right now.  

Grey is a mature, self sufficient colour, but used alone, it can be perceived as dull. 

By lifting grey with something a little more light-hearted like the blush buttons on these curtains, it creates a softness and gives more depth and detail.

A tool I use a lot when thinking about where to begin with a room is a colour wheel. 

You’ll find them on Amazon and other online sites for around £3. To work a colour scheme successfully there are a few general guidelines that can help.  

Complementary colour schemes are created by using colours which sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. 

They’re opposite because they balance each other. Have you ever walked into a room and thought ’wow!’ But couldn’t put your finger on what it was? 

It may be down to the clever combinations of colours and tones. The cool blue velvet on this sofa is a great example as it really pops against the warmth of the orange walls. This is why the two work together and provide a striking pairing.

Another use of colour theory is to harmonise colours together. Use the same tone, or strength of colours and once again, a balanced scheme will be produced.  

Pastels are particularly good when using this method as the tones are so gentle that lots of colours can be used together as none of them are overly dominant.

And then of course, there is the very dominant black. It symbolises security, glamour and sophistication. As with all the colour advice, success is about balance and if you’d like to introduce black into a room consider how you might best use it. 

A trim on cushions or a border on curtains can create an elegant ‘boutique’ feel. Team it with gold and it becomes quite regal. 

Pattern and texture are also important to black to ensure that it doesn’t look too flat or cold.

The most important thing to remember when looking at colours for your home is how they make you feel personally. 

By applying some of the practical theories and then listening to your emotions your colour choices should have a positive and pleasing result – enjoy!