Choosing Colours for Interior Design

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Colour can affect your mood. So, how can you pick the perfect colours for your room décor? You really can’t go terribly wrong with most colours. The trick is choosing the right hues in combination for each space and function.

Blue is the colour of intelligence. Strong hues denote clear thought; lighter ones, mental focus. It improves productivity, and so might be a good choice for a study.

Certain shades of blue relax, soothe and make us feel calm, which is why they are often a preferred bedroom colour. Blue is also considered to be clean, and so works well in bathrooms and laundry areas. However, blue can also exude coldness and aloofness. In kitchens, it seems to be less desirable, possibly because of our primitive instinct to avoid blue foods – in fact, it can act as an appetite suppressant.

1914062_10153903583722324_9046177698886028710_nGreen is the colour most abundantly found in nature, and nowhere is that more true than the green isle of Ireland. Green is the most relaxing colour to the eye; enveloping, soothing, refreshing, tonic, green relaxes both mind and body, bringing about calm, tranquility, balance. It represents life, health, fertility, nature, harmony, freedom, and luck. It’s no wonder green works so well in rooms like the living room and bedroom.

Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum, and the one that captures our attention more than any other. In the natural world, yellow is the color of sunflowers and daffodils, egg yolks and lemons, chicks and bees. In our human-made world, yellow is the color of the Tour de France winner’s jersey, happy faces, post its, and signs that alert us to danger or caution.
As with every colour, there are positive and negative psychological properties. Positive qualities for yellow are happiness, optimism, confidence. If surrounded by too much yellow, or the wrong yellow for you or your colour scheme, negative qualities can present themselves such as irrationality and anxiety. Yellows range from creams, daffodil and sunflower yellows, through to acid yellows. Pick the yellow that resonates with you and you can’t go wrong. The colours you pick are an expression of your personality.

Orange is the colour of fun, joy and playfulness. It is warm and sassy. It can stimulate and excite. In nature, orange is the colour of pumpkins, carrots, clementines, goldfish, tigers, marigolds, brilliant sunsets, and of course oranges.

Orange is derived from yellow and red, and can range from soft salmon, peach and apricot tones to the fiery warmth of terracotta and burnt orange. It is strongly associated with Halloween and retro looks, and is often disliked or overlooked for these reasons.

To make orange more contemporary and fresh, it can be paired with blues and yellows. There is a shade of orange that works with almost every colour palette. Orange is often unexpected so whether you go for a full wall or just a splash, you are sure to make an impact.

Red is considered the colour of romance and passion. It has the ability to raise our pulse, and heighten the senses. In the natural world, it is the colour of blood, roses, ladybugs, cardinals, peppers, and bloodshot eyes. We use red to get people’s attention and make us take action, whether at a traffic stop or a passing fire truck with sirens blazing.

In design, red can feel contemporary, traditional, rustic or timeless, depending on the shade and context; but never is it boring. Red is a favourite colour choice of designers looking to make a statement. Whether on a wall or in a handful of accessories – red can make a room come alive.


Purple is the colour of royalty and creativity. It adds richness and drama to any space. It may be for this exact reason that many shy away from its use. It can come off as grand and gaudy in some instances, overpowering everything else in a room.

In nature, purple is the colour of grapes, eggplants, lavender and irises. It is a mix of red and blue, and the right shade can prompt feelings from either colour depending on the shade, like passion and playfulness, or calm and tranquility. Whether you choose a soft lavender or a rich aubergine, purple denotes confidence and a spirit of fun.

Pink had its design heyday in the 80’s, from men’s shirts to wallpaper trim, and fingerless lace gloves to Cadillacs. You can still find many grossly neglected interiors sporting the same distinct décor that was so popular during that decade. And, while many of us spent most of the 90s and 2000s running as far away from pink as possible, others have come back to embracing pink in all of its visually delicious tones for a beautiful accents and bold pops of colour.

In nature, pink is the colour of cherry blossoms, flamingos, dolphins, a lake in Australia and sometimes the setting sky. Some say the colour pink doesn’t really exist; or that it is the comingling of red and purple. Whether you choose a perfectly pale blush to complement creams and golds; a hot fuchsia pink to add contrast to black and white; or anything in between, pink can be modern, fresh and beautiful.

Grey has been an overwhelming favourite for interior designers over the past few years. It seems it has been able to overcome its reputation as cold and industrial, the colour of depression and stormy skies to play a supporting or starring role in some of the most the most modern, fresh, and chic room designs.


The reason grey works so well in interior design is because it is a neutral, like black or white, it plays well with every other colour in the spectrum, and allows accent colours to pop while it settles into the background in a soothing and calming manner.

We love grey and think it works well, in the right shade, in every room in the house.

White is the most commonly used colour in interior design. Technically, not a colour at all; it is the reflection of all colour. This property makes it a neutral, a clean slate, a blank canvass for designers to create works of art.

In nature, white is the colour of newly fallen snow, fluffy clouds in a blue sky, down, lilies, milk snow owls, and Bengal tigers. White is often associated with hope and purity and yet it also conveys cold, starkness and sterility.

On its own or used improperly and white can look frighteningly chilly. However, used in contrast with other colours, you’ll find classic combinations like nautical stripes, and fresh clean looks that can warm and brighten the coldest winter day.

skyline_wand_kitchenUsing black in interior design has is a timeless trend. It can create calm and peacefulness, which is probably why it is common at funerals; it is also signals luxury, refinement and elegance. In nature, black is the colour of country night skies, pupils, ants, petrol, crows, panthers and bears. We associate black with witches, Batman, Halloween, and formal affairs.
Black is technically the absence of light or absorption of all colour; a non-colour, if you will. It is exactly these attributes that make it the perfect to accentuate or add contrast any other colour in order to make an impact and lend sophistication, drama and style to a room.

Although other dark colours can make a room look smaller, black gives the impression of infinite space. For this reason, it works well in any room – from bathrooms to bedrooms. Whether you’re applying it to striped wallpaper, graphic floor tiles, cabinetry, lamp shades or frames, black can give your room a gorgeous look.


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Respite Suites in Retirement Communities Make Short Stays Feel More Like Home

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Many retirement communities are now offering a selection of short term stay suites, otherwise known as respite suites. These rooms are equipped to feature all of the services and amenities of a long term stay suite, like meals laundry services, wellness programs, activities, phone, television, nursing and emergency response; making them suitable to meet the needs of individuals in need of additional temporary care following hospitalization or in cases where caregivers need to leave town or take a break.

In some retirement communities, respite suites are also available for use by visiting family members and friends of residents. The convenience of being able to stay overnight makes it easier for loved ones to spend quality time with elderly residents.

Whereas many retirement homes allow for long term residents to bring their own furnishings with them and to be surrounded by the familiarities of their previous residence, respite suites need to be fully furnished before they can be rented.


Custom Home Interiors provides leading edge furniture, appliances, window coverings, home automation and fittings for respite suites in retirement communities.

Our approach to respite suite design is similar to that of corporate housing, hotel spaces or similar high-traffic, short term stay projects. We furnished our suites with a simple elegance that appeals to a broad range of tastes. Comfort, quality and durability are of paramount importance in selecting fabrics and products. Our ultimate goal is for every guest to feel at home when they stay in a suite designed by Custom Home Interiors.


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