The Colour Psychology of Choosing Curtains

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The Colour Psychology of Choosing Curtains. 

Curtains are such an important factor in any successful interior decoration scheme. Yet the colour of our curtains could influence our mood and psychological reactions. Below is a brief guide to colour and the effects it could have on our spaces.


Bold red curtains are linked to luxury, love, passion and romance. The colour red has a deep emotional impact on most people and is, therefore, an excellent option for those wanting to add dramatic impact to a room. Red is a very stimulating colour and will add excitement to a space and best suited to dining rooms or entertainment rooms. Red is not typically the best choice for rooms designed for sleep or relaxation such as bedrooms.

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Pink is a physically soothing colour and is associated with love and nurturing. If you love the colour red but find it too harsh for a bedroom setting then pink curtains would be the next best option. Depending on the shade, pink can feel romantic, calming and dreamy.

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Orange shades make us feel uninhibited and joyful. The colour orange promotes creativity and is also the colour of dance and movement. Orange is also said to stimulate the appetite and is, therefore, a good choice for kitchens and dining rooms. Due to its effect on our mood, you may want to steer clear of orange curtains in restful areas such as bedrooms or chill-out areas.

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Yellow promotes confidence so you may not be surprised to know that almost everyone loves the colour yellow. It is warm, sunny and welcoming and makes us feel happy. Yellow curtains will work best in rooms that feature white and blue tones. Yellow curtains are a good choice for anywhere you wish to entertain, such as a family room. If your considering yellow curtains for a bedroom then think carefully about the tone as if the yellow is too bright it could be overstimulating. 

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Green is nature’s best. We see it naturally everywhere around us. It is an embracing, harmonising and healing colour. Green can help soothe our emotions and can bring tranquillity to a space. It is associated with trust, compassion and acceptance. Green curtains are a good choice for anywhere in your home, but be aware that too much green could result in a static boring atmosphere.

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A mixture of blue and green tones, turquoise is reviving and invigorating. Turquoise is often used in spas and health settings due to its ability to promote a feeling of well-being. Turquoise curtains are the perfect choice for anywhere you want to cool down, chill out and relax.

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Blue is restful, peaceful and aspirational. Blue is a very popular colour and is a universal favourite due to its emotional impact. Blue is the colour of honesty and devotion and blue shades are believed to help ease stress and tension. Young children tend to love the colour blue and therefore blue curtains could be an excellent choice in their bedrooms. Be aware that the wrong shade of blue or too much blue in one room could feel depressing, demotivating and isolating and may therefore not be suited to young adults bedrooms.

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Purple is the colour of spirituality and calm. Violet shades are often the colour of meditation, contemplation, dignity and respect. Purple curtains could have an extremely calming effect on a space and therefore are good to use anywhere in the home. Deeper purple tones, such as Aubergine, feel dramatic and luxurious.pretty blue and pink rose kitchen curtains

The main psychological aspects of different colours often seem more emotional and personal than scientific. Therefore, determining reactions to colours can sometimes be extremely difficult. When choosing coloured curtains for your rooms go with what makes you happy whilst in keeping with your unique, personal style.

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