Interior Design Tips

Interior Design Tips from Caitlyn, Guthrie Bowron Te Awamutu

How Colours Can Make You Feel

The colours of the rooms within your home need to bring out your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room colour, it affects every day of our lives. Room colour can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colours affects people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colours or groups of colours tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.

Below are some common colours and the way they affect our mood, let us know if you agree or disagree.


Yellows can create a happy, sunny feel and will make the room appear brighter. Yellow radiates warmth and is a reflective colour.


Blues can give a tranquil, serene feeling and sense of spaciousness. Blues are calming and help us think of our environment.


Reds can create a wonderfully warm, passionate feeling with a hint of excitement, and are renowned as a colour of strength and power. Red works wonders as a dramatic entrance colour or in a formal or contemporary dining or living area.


Whites and neutrals are ideal for creating a clean, classical backdrop and will allow you to add a splash of your favourite colour to any space. You have options of cooler or warmer whites and neutrals, such as greys, beiges, tans, creams and coffees.


Relaxing and restful to the eye, greens create a cool, fresh and calm atmosphere. Greens come in many shades and can be lime, mint, citrus, or teal.


Decorating with purple can create an illusion of grandeur. Lavender is lovely in a baby’s nursery and you could easily try a rich eggplant for a feature wall in your living area.


Top 7 Interior Design Tips

Interior Design Tips#1: Get your contrast right

It is important to have contrast to define your chosen colours from one another.

 #2: Add Texture

Adding texture helps to make the room more interesting and exciting. You can keep the same colours throughout but different textures will add a bit of excitement to your space.

 #3: Don’t be afraid of colour!

Colour can help to create and set moods. Use bright colours to lighten up spaces and make them feel fresh and vibrant.

 #4: Add Pattern to your space

Pattern can have similar effects to adding texture, it can help make the room interesting and exciting but remember to keep it simple – too many patterns in one space can be over powering. It is also important to keep patterns to scale (e.g. if the room is small try and stick to smaller patterns).

 #5:Choose to your taste.

This is one of the most important rules of design – If you don’t like it then don’t do it!!! If the neighbour, mother-in-law, best friend or cousin likes it, it’s YOU who has to live with it. Go with your gut instinct and do what makes you happy.

  #6: Avoid trends with big ticket items

That $5000 Hot pink couch with purple polka dots might be in fashion when you buy it but trends change quickly!!

Keep big ticket items simple and use things like cushions or feature walls to bring in new trends, that way they are quick, easy and cheap to change when new trends come in.

 #7: Make sure your light is right!

Lighting has a huge impact on the way you paint and wallpaper will look. Check you light fittings and what colour bulb they have in them – you may need to change bulbs to suit your colour preference.