Is it really possible that the colours in a room can change the way its occupants feel? And that those feelings will change from person to person? According to most interior designers the answer is a resounding yes.

You see colour is a very personal thing. You may love red curtains in the dining room because they look so vibrant and energetic but visitors to your home may just feel threatened by such a bold and angry color.

Colour perceptions can also be affected by where you come from. In Australia we think of white as pure, innocent and happy, the perfect colour for a wedding. In Japan on the other hand, white is a funeral colour, associated mainly with loneliness and death.

Some people associate certain colours with childhood memories, sometimes even subconsciously. Don’t know why your neighbour would paint her kitchen that bright yellow colour? May be it evokes say, a happy memory of picking daffodils as a child.

Even the tone of the times can affect the colours that people chose to add to their homes. For example, across the world the 1930s and 1940s were known as the “taupe era”. Colours were drab, neutral and washed out. Why? According to designers because no one was really in the mood for bright happy colors. All that changed in 1950s though, when the new optimism ushered in an era when home colors were brighter and bolder than ever before (not sure what happened in the 70s though)

What does all this mean to you? Simply that when you are choosing colours to add to your homes décor, whether it is a new settee or carpet or you want a tradesman to come in to paint the walls a new colour, you should choose shades that you love, not what happens to be trendy at the moment or what someone else says is in vogue right now.