How colour in your home can affect your mood

How colour in your home can affect your mood:

Did you know that different colours are known to affect people and our moods? Colours can make us feel happy or sad, hungry or relaxed, and can even affect our energy levels too. That’s why some restaurants choose certain colours, depending on the atmosphere they want to create: fast food places often use bright colours to encourage you to eat quickly, whereas a fine dining restaurant might favour softer hues to encourage you to feel calm and relaxed.

The same goes for the colours in your home. You wouldn’t want a bold colour in your child’s bedroom: that’s going to make them feel energised and excited when they’re meant to be relaxed and winding down for bedtime. Bold colours are better suited to a room where playtime happens.

As you can see when choosing colours for a room, it’s important to take into consideration the mood you’d like to create in the space. This doesn’t mean you have to go and paint a whole room bright yellow (unless you’re feeling brave), if you wish to create an energetic and happy space. Accessories, scatter cushions, rugs and throws are the perfect options for adding pops of colour to a room. Take a look at our tips on how to choose and arrange scatter cushions in your home.

So, let’s have a look at how different colours can affect us and which colours suit which rooms.

Warm colours:
Warm colours such as red, orange, yellow and pink can evoke feelings of excitement, increased energy, happiness, and creativity to name a few. Adding pops of these colours to a room, for example: yellow chairs, vases and flowers to a kitchen, can create brightness, happiness and joy, which makes us want to spend time there. A kitchen is a natural place of gathering where socialising happens while cooking or listening to your favourite tune with a glass of wine in hand.

Orange is great for a playroom as it’s a stimulating colour and encourages creativity, as well as being inviting and friendly. Young children love colour and you can accessorise the playroom with scatter cushions and colourful artwork (that the kids have drawn or painted).

Cool colours:
Greens, blues and purples are more calming and soothing colours. They are said to help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and improve relaxation. One of the most important rooms to create relaxation in is the master bedroom, where you want to go to sleep feeling calm and wake up feeling rested. Green is a great colour to have in your bedroom, and deep green, which is very trendy right now, is the perfect colour to paint your walls or have as a headboard or ottoman. If you prefer a more subtle approach, simply adding greenery through plants is a great way to incorporate this colour into your bedroom.

When working from home, as many of us do nowadays, dark blue (or navy) is a great colour for an office or homework area. It represents order, responsibility, calmness and security. If you do go for a darker blue, add lighter shades into the room, like a wooden desk, white lamp shade etc, as you don’t want the room to feel too dark.

Neutral colours:
These include brown, grey, white, black and metallics. Neutrals make a great base on the walls, cabinets and large pieces of furniture or carpets. You can then add different shades and pops of colour as accessories, smaller furniture items and rugs. Neutrals can bring calm and comfort into a room, but it’s important to find the perfect shade so it doesn’t fight with your other furnishings. When choosing a carpet colour for your home check out our tips on choosing the right carpet colour for your room.

Browns generally add tradition, such as darker wooden tables or photo frames. This also creates a sense of stability and has a grounding effect on us.

White instantly makes an area feel larger and more open with a bright, fresh look. It’s the most neutral colour and creates a sense of calm, although using too much white can make a room feel a bit clinical and cold.

Grey has become more trendy lately and is completely versatile as it creates different feels according to the hues used. Darker grey is very modern and can give a sophisticated look, especially as a feature wall.

Black can create a feeling of luxury and elegance but use it carefully as it can be a very strong statement. It creates depth and is great when used as accessories in a room.

Metallics are fun to play with and can give a room really stylish accents.

In general deeper shades create intensity, while lighter shades are more calming.

When it comes down to it, colour is a personal opinion and not everyone feels the same about them. They may bring back a memory, or one colour could mean something totally different to one person than it does to another, due to different cultures and beliefs. Trends also come and go, but the colour in a room can make all the difference to how you feel, so remember this when you’re designing or renovating a room or area in your home.

Whilst you want your new rugs and carpets to be walked on, you don’t want the colour to fade. Drytron Carpet Cleaning will be on hand to help with those inevitable hiccups that come along with entertaining in your beautiful home. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50

Keeping your home warm during Winter

Keeping your home warm during Winter

In case you haven’t noticed yet, winter has arrived! While we all love to snuggle under warm blankets in front of the telly or fireplace, this is not always an option when we need to get up, get the kids to school and get to work or start the day. Waking up and getting out of bed and dressed for the day, can be unpleasant when it’s freezing cold. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your home warmer during these cooler months and get you out from under your cosy doona.

Use your curtains:

Take advantage of the warm, free sunlight that shines into your home during the day. Leave your curtains open and let the sunlight warm up your room. Then make sure to close your curtains as the sun sets so you can keep the warmth inside your home. Having heavier drapes is also a plus during the cooler months. Make sure you don’t have any gaps or leaks. Adding a pelmet will also stop the warm air escaping through the tops of your curtains and prevent the cool air from entering – it may also help reduce condensation.

Use heaters wisely:

If you have central or controlled heating where you can set a timer, set it for half an hour before you wake up: this will definitely make it easier to leave your warm bed. If you know it’s going to be a cold day then set it for half an hour before you’re due to return home in the afternoon.  When using an electric heater, as tempting as it may be on a rainy day, make sure not to hang anything on top of it and don’t place furniture too close to it either, as this will restrict the flow of hot air around your house. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your heating on all day, you may have a warm home to return to but you will have a large bill to go with it.

Wonderful rugs:

Having carpets in your house will definitely keep you warmer and cosier this winter and help you save on your heating bills. If you don’t have carpets then invest in some rugs: here are our tips to choose the perfect one for your home. Climbing out of bed and putting your feet onto a cold surface is not as enjoyable as landing on a warm, fluffy carpet or rug. Warm floor coverings will also help better insulate your home and keep any drafts from coming through the floorboards, which leads us onto the next tip…

Block out the drafts:

Do some investigating around your house and find any areas where a draft could be coming though, then cover it up! There are many ways you can stop draughts coming in. Most of it you can do yourself by using self-adhesive rubber sealing around your doors or windows, or even roll up a towel and place it at the base of doors where a draft could be coming through. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace for those extra cold nights, remember to close the flue when it’s not in use, or all your warm air will escape straight out the chimney! If you have a mail slot or doggy door you may want to cover these too at night, to prevent drafts from coming in.

Insulate your home:

Insulation will help keep your house warm in winter and cooler in summer so it can be a very good investment to save on heating and cooling bills. A good place to start is with a carpet underlay as it will not only add extra comfort underfoot, it also creates a layer of insulation against cold bare floors and reduces significant heat loss. Saving you money on energy bills and keeping you toasty warm at the same time! Not sure which carpet underlay to get? Here are our tips for choosing the right underlay for your carpet.

Reverse your ceiling fans:

Most of us don’t think to use our fans during the cooler months but if you reverse the switch then the blades turn anti-clockwise and push the cool air upwards to mix with the warmer air, since warm air rises, and then push the warmer air downwards. Most fans have reverse switches.

Use the oven:

If you have finished baking or cooking then once you’ve turned the oven off, leave the oven door open so the warm air can fill your kitchen. Obviously make sure there are no small children or pets who could injure themselves if you do this.

The hot water bottle:

Make a hot water bottle and place it into your bed a few minutes before bed time, so it’s nice and warm when you get in. Make sure to read the care labels carefully before using them.

Now that you’re equipped with some great tips on making your home a warmer space, put the kettle on and warm yourself up from the inside with a cup of warm tea or coffee. And if you’re able to work from home then you can always cover up with a warm blanket and put some warm socks and slippers on!

During the colder months, it may be more difficult to get your warm, fluffy carpets and rugs dry once they have been cleaned. The Drytron carpet cleaning process involves rapid treatment and leaves your carpet areas ‘walk on dry’, without leaving a damp smell or damp underlay. So why not give us a call and we will sort that out for you. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50