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Here are the colors you should pick to tweak your spaces, according to an expert


Choosing the right color for a room can make a world of difference, but knowing where to start can be difficult.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Alison Standish, a leading UK color therapist working with technology brand LG, explained the shades that promote desired emotions and feelings in any room in the home, from a clean bathroom to a soothing bedroom.

Alison said subtle terracotta tones in the living room can help guests feel more welcoming, while yellow helps digestion in the kitchen.

Here Alison shares her tips …

Front door and hallways: black, dark green or dark blue

As one of the UK's leading color therapists, Alison Standish, in partnership with LG, shared with FEMAIL what colors to use to sell your home and make it as welcoming as possible. She said a black front door gave a sleek look, and those dark colors gave a house a sense of authority and structure (archive image).

"Choose either a black front door that is sleek and elegant or a dark green one that has a sense of opulence and abundance," Alison said.

Dark blue is also great for adding authority and structure to your home.

Corridors connect the room and should therefore be the same color.

“You could paint it a soft green, or add plants or paintings that represent nature. People feel less cut off from the outside if they don't have a front yard or live in an apartment, ”Alison added.

Dining room: orange

Orange is a good color for a dining room as it conveys joy and stimulates entertainment, said Alison (archive image)

Orange is a good color for a dining room as it conveys joy and stimulates entertainment, said Alison (archive image)

Alison explained that deep orange or terracotta tones can help make your dining room feel more inviting and allow conversation to flow.

"You can also use these in placemats or tablecloths instead of the wall and make sure the lighting is subtle and not blue as this can keep people away from their food and make it feel like it is not a comfortable place to eat" , she said.

Kitchen: yellow

Yellow in the kitchen is good for digestion and looks fresh thanks to those lemon tones. Stock image

Yellow in the kitchen is good for digestion and looks fresh thanks to those lemon tones. Stock image

"Kitchens are best when they're plain, but the yellows and oranges are great for digestion," Alison said, adding, "They're also associated with citrus, which makes the space feel light and fresh.

“Food appliances of a different color are fabulous in the kitchen, along with free space as this draws the shopper's attention to the color and shows that the kitchen is a restaurant like food. One tip is to only bring out a couple of cookbooks, ”she added.

Bedroom: purple or blue

Soft purple or blue in the bedroom helps relax, but magenta and red also promote sexual energy (stock image)

Soft purple or blue in the bedroom helps relax, but magenta and red also promote sexual energy (stock image)

Go for soft colors in the bedroom where sleep should be a priority, but get creative with accessories, Alison said.

"Bedrooms can be soft yellows and soft blues, although I think a dark blue throw on the bed or even a deep purple can make the space look luxurious and alert the buyer to how the bed will fit into the room," she said.

“If I were to sell my house, I would put some red plush pillows in the room too. Red stimulates the blood and increases sexual energy. This gives the buyer the feeling that the room supports that energy too, ”she added.

Bathroom: blue

Blue is the perfect color for your bathroom, Alison said, explaining that it gives a sense of cleanliness and gives your water room an "antibacterial" feel (stock image)

Blue is the perfect color for your bathroom, Alison said, explaining that it gives a sense of cleanliness and gives your water room an "antibacterial" feel (stock image)

"Bathrooms are best when they are blue because they are antiseptic and clean in color," Alison said.

"I always add a touch of brightness to my bathroom with orange or yellow towels, maybe rubber ducks and glasses or vases that are a warm color," she added.

"This invigorates the bathroom and detracts from negative problems with the bathroom."

Living room: gray, green or blue

To sell your home, try to keep your living area simple or go for soft grays, greens, or blues.

'However, the warm colors should be in the curtains, pillows, throws or ornaments and paintings. Again, this area should relax with a little liveliness in orange, magenta or yellow, ”advised Alison.

"Large pillows are also great for bringing in color. Perhaps a painting or print that adds extra color to the environment is warm and friendly with a relaxed setting."

Study: yellow

Colors in an office space should allow maximum concentration, Alison advised.

"Yellow is an excellent color for opening the mind and helping us digest information," she said.

"Again, prints and maybe a yellow pillow make this area bright and inviting," she added.

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