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Positive Visions – Part 3 – Optimism

Before you can begin to create an interior design style you have to know the definition of optimism, which is having a positive attitude. Of looking for what’s possible and how to make it happen which the hallmark of great interior design and probably more so for those who live in smaller houses, apartments or older houses which have odd shaped rooms which are very small.

Small is beautiful! As such you should take an optimistic approach to making the very best of what you have by optimising every possibility, using this positive vision will help you love your rooms no matter how small and awkward they may be!

According to colour psychology yellow is the colour associated with optimism, but use it wisely because it can also denote anger and deception along with envy. The shade you choose also has its own connotations, for example bright sunshine yellow denotes warmth and happiness; a duller yellow means curiosity, a more olive yellow is in keeping with optimism and the true olive yellow, which are more inclining towards actual green than yellow represent spontaneity.

So as you can see optimism can be represented in a variety of colours with cheerful sunny yellow being an attention getter it’s great when used as an accent colour within a room. Whilst it is considered an optimistic colour, it is believed that people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more, so if you have a hotheaded member of your family yellow may not be the colour to choose for their bedroom curtains or bedding.

Yellow is the most difficult colour for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration and is also thought to speeds metabolism and raise self esteem so it may be a good colour to use in home offices and even dining rooms.

Lean more towards golden and olive yellows if you want to create a refined and stylish interior, alternatively inject some vibrancy into a room with bright yellow. Roman blinds would be a good option as you have the choice whether to tone them down with an overlay of sheer voile curtains or leave them bright and beautiful!

Paler shades of yellow are ideal for creating the illusion of more space making it the ideal colour for small rooms, such as guest bedrooms. If you don’t like the thought of yellow walls opt for a patterned bedspread to perk up the room and give it a sunny disposition!

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