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Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux, says: Colours can generally be categorised as either 'clean and bright' or 'muted and atmospheric', and we can use these moods of colour to alter or enhance the way we feel in a room. Clean and bright shades are fresh, uplifting and add a vibrant, positive energy to a space. (Photo: Mark Scott). Find out why colour in your home is good for you at housebeautiful.co.uk

Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux, says: Colours can generally be categorised as either 'clean and bright' or 'muted and atmospheric', and we can use these moods of colour to alter or enhance the way we feel in a room. Clean and bright shades are fresh, uplifting and add a vibrant, positive energy to a space. (Photo: Mark Scott). Find out why colour in your home is good for you at housebeautiful.co.uk

'Yellow is often associated with happiness, and this energising and vibrant tone is fantastic for living areas and kitchens. It is an extremely warm and welcoming shade and so also works well in the hallways, lifting the mood as soon as you enter the home. If used exclusively however, this shade can be overwhelming and it can have the opposite effect. To get the most out of yellow, use it sparingly as an accent shade against crisp white' - Furniture Village. (Photo: Tim Young / Getty)

How the colour of your room affects your mood

'Yellow is often associated with happiness, and this energising and vibrant tone is fantastic for living areas and kitchens. It is an extremely warm and welcoming shade and so also works well in the hallways, lifting the mood as soon as you enter the home. If used exclusively however, this shade can be overwhelming and it can have the opposite effect. To get the most out of yellow, use it sparingly as an accent shade against crisp white' - Furniture Village. (Photo: Tim Young / Getty)

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Whichever hue you opt for, yellow always brings a feeling of optimism. For a modern, uncomplicated scheme, team with white and opt for uncluttered furnishings in a space with lots of natural light. (Photos: Benjamin Moore, Crown, Dulux, Little Greene). Find more paint and colour ideas at housebeautiful.co.uk

Joyful yellow shades for modern room schemes

Whichever hue you opt for, yellow always brings a feeling of optimism. For a modern, uncomplicated scheme, team with white and opt for uncluttered furnishings in a space with lots of natural light. (Photos: Benjamin Moore, Crown, Dulux, Little Greene). Find more paint and colour ideas at housebeautiful.co.uk

monogrammed headboards - happy blue - citrus green - window treatments (Sunny Goode. Monogramming available at: http://www.atlanticembroideryworks.com/)

monogrammed headboards - happy blue - citrus green - window treatments (Sunny Goode. Monogramming available at: http://www.atlanticembroideryworks.com/)

Although it's common choice for a bedroom, pink can also work effectively in a kitchen above white tiles and oak worktops. For a fresh update try Delicacy by Sanderson. Limit the tone to the walls only and resist the urge to add accessories in the same shade to ensure the scheme stays smart and sophisticated.

Colour of the week

Although it's common choice for a bedroom, pink can also work effectively in a kitchen above white tiles and oak worktops. For a fresh update try Delicacy by Sanderson. Limit the tone to the walls only and resist the urge to add accessories in the same shade to ensure the scheme stays smart and sophisticated.

'As the colour of the sky and the ocean, the naturally cooling and calming effects of blue work well to inspire tranquillity in bedrooms and bathrooms. Lighter, brighter blues work better to encourage a calming environment than deeper regal and navy tones. The colour is also associated with intelligence and productivity, and is therefore a good choice for a home office' - Furniture Village. (Photo: Dulux / Woven).

How the colour of your room affects your mood

'As the colour of the sky and the ocean, the naturally cooling and calming effects of blue work well to inspire tranquillity in bedrooms and bathrooms. Lighter, brighter blues work better to encourage a calming environment than deeper regal and navy tones. The colour is also associated with intelligence and productivity, and is therefore a good choice for a home office' - Furniture Village. (Photo: Dulux / Woven).

Pretty tones of green bring the outside in, as well as adding a calming, harmonious look. For extra interest team two similar leafy shades together and add pops of colour to the scheme by introducing bright orange and yellow.

Colour of the week

Pretty tones of green bring the outside in, as well as adding a calming, harmonious look. For extra interest team two similar leafy shades together and add pops of colour to the scheme by introducing bright orange and yellow.

Standing out for us this week is a hot new colour from Farrow and Ball, St Giles Blue, one of their nine new shades for 2013. This strong yet uplifting blue sits perfectly with white and with bold accent colours such as orange. It is aptly named after the 17th Century St Giles House in Wimborne where it was originally found in the hall.

Standing out for us this week is a hot new colour from Farrow and Ball, St Giles Blue, one of their nine new shades for 2013. This strong yet uplifting blue sits perfectly with white and with bold accent colours such as orange. It is aptly named after the 17th Century St Giles House in Wimborne where it was originally found in the hall.

Winter decorating ideas: Jewel ccolors: 'Strong and velvety, Galactic Sky (bricks) brings depth and a sense of luxury, and looks as stunning on the walls as it does on furniture and accessories. Team it with white, or contrasting rich burnt orange and the warm tones of natural wood,' Marianne Shillingford, Dulux. Find more ideas at housebeautiful.co.uk

Winter shades: This season's hottest jewel colours

Winter decorating ideas: Jewel ccolors: 'Strong and velvety, Galactic Sky (bricks) brings depth and a sense of luxury, and looks as stunning on the walls as it does on furniture and accessories. Team it with white, or contrasting rich burnt orange and the warm tones of natural wood,' Marianne Shillingford, Dulux. Find more ideas at housebeautiful.co.uk

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