Blog 11: Blue, Red or Orange… Election Special Interiors

“Win or lose, we go shopping after every election.” Imelda Marcos

 

So, it’s come round again –  Election Time. Time for thinking hard on who we want to lead our country. But I’m not here to talk about that, who’s the best or bash the others.

The Polls open early on Thursday 8th June and although I’ll be placing my vote, like most people – it’s nice to take a break from all the rap-around news with a different stance on the political parties.

I’m going to talk colour, although we can’t all agree on the same political party, I know we can all agree that we love colour – this time I’m going to write about Blue, Red & Orange and how to style it in your home. You will notice that all three colours are strong colours, which is why political parties choose them as their representative colour.

So, let’s get started and have some Election Special Interior fun!

 


Blue

The meaning of blue is:

“Blue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body.”  – Colour Wheel Pro

Whether you’re a “True Blue” or not – blue is a good strong colour, bright and bold or soft and light. It is a lovely colour to use around the house with other shades and tones as well. If you’re unsure what colours it works with here are a few:

White – this is fantastic as it makes the blue stand out (also makes it look very clean!)

Yellow –  (light or citrus shade) keeps the room up beat and fun

Neutral – keeps the room calm

Red – it’s works well together as it’s opposite on the colour wheel (with white = coastal chic or you’re American or French)

Grey / Silver – again calming affect but more of a deeper darker mood is brought to the room (think “Denim Drift” Dulux’s colour of the year 2017)


Where to use your colour?

Blue is a common colour for the bathroom and bedroom. But any room as long as you style it correctly will suit the colour you choose.

 

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You don’t just have to pain the walls blue to get the effect you are looking for – accessories are just as good at making the colour stand out.

 

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Red

The meaning of Red is:

“Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.” – Colour Wheel Pro

Labour all the way? Not well it doesn’t matter if you are or not because  – red is a good strong colour as mentioned above. It is a lovely colour to use around the house, it can be used to look “cool’ or “warm” which is great. If you’re unsure what colours it works with here are a few:

White – this is fantastic as it makes the Red pop (also makes it look very clean!)

Neutral – keeps the room calm

Golden tones – This makes it look very grand / regal and gives a certain edge to the room

Blue – it’s works well together as it’s near opposite on the colour wheel

Black – This is a difficult one, but if you play it carefully you can get add bits here and there and it doesn’t look to bad

Green – Red can work with green, but not just on it’s own you have too have hints of it dotted around for it to work

 


Where to use your colour?

Red is a common colour for the dining room and living room. But any room as long as you style it correctly will suit the colour you choose.

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Don’t want to overload the room with red but want hints of it here & there….

 

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Orange

 

The meaning of Orange is:

“Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.” – Colour Wheel Pro

Whether you’re a Lib Dem or not – orange is a lovely colour, bright and in your face and as a pastel shade. It is a lovely colour to use in your home with other colours, shades and  tones too. If you’re unsure what colours it works with here are a few:

White – this is fantastic as it makes the Red pop (also makes it look very clean!)

Neutral – keeps the room calm

Golden tones – This is part of the same colour so it works so well together. It makes it look very grand / regal and gives a certain edge to the room

Blue – it’s works well together as it is opposite on the colour wheel

 


Where to use your colour?

Orange is commonly used for the living room and conservatory. But, as I’ve said any room will work as long as you style it correctly, have enough light and space, it will suit the colour you choose.

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I hope you have enjoyed my Election Interiors Special! Whoever you want to be PM it’s important to remember that the colours that represent the other parties work really well too!

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