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The power of colour is something that most people are unaware of - in fact, few are unaffected by it. It is quite important that we live with the colours that best suit our personalities so that we can enjoy a more contented and healthier life. Colours affect people in many ways, depending upon one's age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colours or groups of colours tend to evoke a similar reaction from most people - the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. Warm colours include Reds, Oranges and Yellows and create a mood of excitement & warmth, stimulating activity and creativity.

Cool colours have passive, calming qualities that aid concentration and can create a mood of peacefulness and tranquility. Cool shades include Violets and Blues. Green can be either warm or cool. When it's influenced by yellow, it becomes warm and when it's influenced by blue, it becomes cool. When choosing colours, it is also important to consider the effect of the lightness and darkness, or value of colour. Lighter colours tend to be more active, and deeper colours tend to be passive.

So by simply using colour, you can liven the mood or quiet it as well as add warmth or coolness in a room. To ensure colour harmony, choose your colours under the lighting conditions where they will be applied.

For more information about colour relationship, please refer to PARA's Colour Planning Guide