Happy Interiors - 4 colours for creating joyous spaces!

By Cassie Smith

A year ago I found myself drawn into a bookstore because of a book in the window - the front cover was mint (my favourite colour) and the book was called 'Happy'. Within minutes I was walking out of the bookstore with my new book in tow. Happy by Amanda Talbot is a book about happy interiors and the psychology behind creating joyous spaces. The ‘Colour’ section opens with ‘Colour has a strong an impact as smell and sound’ and I couldn’t agree more. There’s an abundance of research that proves colour affects us psychologically and physiologically - colour can relax us, invigorate us and even depress us. To take a closer look I thought I’d use some La-Z-Boy pieces to explain the psychology behind their colours and demonstrate how you can style them in ways to create a mood that’s right for you.

Colour One (Blue): Blue is the most calming of all colours and has been linked to lowering blood pressure and heart rate. It evokes tranquility and calmness and increases creativity and contemplation. Blue is always an excellent choice of colour, whether it be a painted wall, an armchair (like the Nordic) or even just accessories to create relaxing spaces. Try swapping out some coloured accessories or furniture in your home and replacing them with blue ones - I bet you’ll feel a difference!

Colour Two (Orange): Motivation, energy and optimism are commonly associated with the colour orange. At the same time, orange can cause negative visual stimulation so maybe hold off on painting the entire house orange! Use orange sparingly - a chair (like the Vaucluse), a cushion or a throw, or even just some flowers if you don’t want to commit to a colour as bold as orange just yet.

Colour Three (White): You really can’t go wrong with white. By decorating with white furniture (like the Maxx), paint and textiles you can create a calming, clean, fresh look. My favourite thing about white is there isn’t such a thing as too little or too much. White looks good with everything so you can have your house head to toe white or use white as a foundation for the walls and add pops of colour where you see fit. Something to remember when dealing with white is to mix up the textures as much as you can to avoid a clinical look - think textures like leather, brick and wool... The more the merrier.

Colour Four (Tan): Shades of brown like tan can add depth and an earthy richness to your space. Browns have the ability to make any room feel warm and inviting, depending on how you use it. Much like orange, too much brown can be a bad thing. All you need to do is think back to 70’s interior design and you’ll see what I mean. When decorating with brown think carefully about the shade of brown. Some people prefer rich chocolately browns while others, like myself, are much more keen on light, desaturated browns like camel or a sandy brown. Try a tan leather sofa (like the Romano in tan), a cow hide rug or even a blonde wood coffee table if you want something a bit softer. 

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