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5 Colour Palettes that Can Bring a Space to Life

Improve the ambience of your interior by decorating with a fitting colour. Read this advice from Callender Howorth on the best colours of the various spaces.

The importance of a good colour scheme in your home or business cannot be emphasised enough. The right colour palette can have a transformative effect on your surroundings, altering the mood and the perceived temperature, along with enhancing feelings of well-being. It can also help create the illusion of space by illuminating dark areas or, conversely, it can transform a large, soulless room into an intimate and cosy sanctuary.

The psychology of colour may seem straightforward, but luxury interior designers can help you clarify the nuances of certain palettes. There are five colour schemes that always work well depending on the setting: red, blue, green, purple and neutral.



Colours have an amazing ability to influence your emotions and none more so than red. It is a colour of strong desires and certainly makes a statement. Red is happy and stimulating, which makes it good to use in a commercial space but not ideal for a bedroom. If you want to add the energy and drama of red to your house it would be a wonderful choice for the dining or living room where people gather and entertain.



Conversely, blue is famous for its calming effect and is a great choice for bedrooms as it can help you unwind after long day and aids sleep. However, a blue colour scheme has the effect of making a room feel chilly, which is useful in warm climates but can have an adverse effect in winter. If you suffer from high blood pressure or a racing heart rate you might want to consider painting your walls pale blue as it is said to lower both. It’s a great colour for bathrooms and healthcare premises.



Green symbolises growth, freshness and harmony. Green is popular in interior design since it represents the rejuvenating and restorative properties of nature, as well as giving a feeling of security. This makes it perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms. Green is a secondary colour in that it is a combination of the two primary colours yellow and blue, making it both warming and cooling. Just bringing plants indoors and adding a green element to rooms transforms them and helps urban dwellings reconnect with nature.



Purple is one of the most enigmatic colours, but generally gives the sense of luxury and creativity. In its darkest hues it emotes a rich, sophisticated and dramatic feeling. Purple has long been associated with spirituality and imagination and it has an amazingly magnetic appeal, which could be why it is so popular with royalty. When purple is combined with gold it looks extravagant and opulent, but lighter shades are more nostalgic and romantic. Lavender and lilac bring a restful quality to bedrooms, but unlike blue they don’t evoke a chilly temperature.

Teaming neutrals with purple upholstery and gold accents for a touch of opulence, in this Penthouse in Belsize Park designed by Callender Howorth.

Neutral Tones


Neutral colour palettes consist of the core shades of black, grey, white and brown. These colours form the foundation of most interior designers’ canvasses, since they can be built on to add or tone down personality in a room. Neutral tones are flexible and can be used in a multitude of ways to increase warmth, light and energy. For example, black and white on its own can introduce drama and flair, or subtle shades can be beautifully contrasted by bringing in colour using furniture and accessories. The real beauty of a neutral palette lies in its flexibility and its ability to adapt to fashions by supporting bright, deep, or subtle accents.

A neutral palette in this Penthouse in Belsize Park designed by Callender Howorth.

Colour has a profound effect on us and we are not always aware of it. The five winning palettes above are excellent choices for luxury interiors, which can be explored with the help of interior design companies. London is awash with beautiful houses designed according to the advice of interior architects who really know their way around a colour palette and can help you find the perfect combination for your home or commercial property.


This post is a collaboration with Relevance PR and Callender Howorth. Seasons in Colour is always grateful for the opportunities to provide fresh content to my readers and I thought that this post was carefully written to explain the psychology of colours in an easy way, hence making it a great read. Since being introduced to the work of Callender Howorth, I cannot stop browsing at their projects and look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.

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