What The Colours You Love Say About You

By Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH

The colours you gravitate to can tell you something about yourself and how others see you. They can also reveal a bit about your emotional needs and innermost desires. Here is a glimpse into what it means if you are attracted to one of these four colour types and tips for using them in your home.

Warm Shades
Friendly and happy are words often used to describe people that gravitate towards soft, warm colours. They are spontaneous, quick-minded and are usually fast decision makers. When they have a clear goal in mind they are quite determined.

Warm colours can be energizing and can stimulate conversation, making these shades perfect for areas where people gather. They also can make a space feel more cozy and intimate. To temper the warmth of these colours add a bit of cool blue, green or gray to your furnishings.

Cool Hues
Those drawn to quiet blue, green or lavender want their home to be a place of calm refuge in a sometimes chaotic world. Found in abundance in nature, soft, cool hues evoke tranquil and soothing. The refreshing and renewing qualities of these colours appeal to those who want to relieve stress. It is one of the reasons these colours are often used in spas.

The calming quality of these colours makes them perfect for a bedroom. Choose a single-colour scheme or blend several cool hues to create a fresh look. To keep cool colours from feeling cold add warm woods, or touches of sunny yellow, peach, or pink.

Jewel Tones
Regal hues such as ruby, topaz, emerald, amethyst and sapphire are often favorites of those who are creative and confident. They enjoy surrounding themselves with beauty. Never ones to like being controlled by others, lovers of jewel tones are at their best in situations where they are given freedom to make decisions.

These rich colours can make a room feel glamourous or special especially when paired with silver, gold or copper. When using more than one jewel-tone in a room, find colours of similar intensity to keep the overall look cohesive. If you love the idea of adding these colours to your walls but are a bit hesitant, start with a space that you don’t occupy for hours on end like a powder room, foyer or hallway.

Neutral-lovers prefer a safe, secure and well-balanced life. They avoid conflict and often will compromise to keep the peace. If a desire to be surrounded with neutrals is more recent, they may be feeling a need for a break from the stresses of everyday life.

Neutral paint on the walls allows you to use more colour in your furnishings, artwork and accessories. If decorating with mainly neutral colours, use texture and interesting finishes – wood, glass, metal, mirrors, nubby fabrics – to keep the overall design interesting.

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