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02 July 2016

Feeling Blue Seeing Red

Posted in Decor and Style

The colours for 2016 are Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue – a beautiful pink and a soft hazy blue.  It is unusual that two colours are nominated as colours of the year, but the panellists agreed on two for this year.


Did you know that it takes a panel of expert designers and trend fore-casters months to agree on the colour palette for the year ahead?  And did you know that these colours are then seen in all the fashion and décor collections? What an awesome responsibility!!

Decorators use colour effectively to create certain ‘looks’ or ‘mood’s in the rooms they are working on.  This is obviously collaboration between the client and the decorator.  The best decorators have an innate ‘colour sensitivity’.  They understand the power of colour and how it affects us.

At Linen Drawer we believe in the positive power of colour and recognise the fact that it plays an important role how we work, feel, eat and play.  Our ranges of towels and throws, embellishments on our bedding and tabling, all reflect the latest colour trends. 

For instance if we look at the colour spectrum, without branching into tints and shades of the colours, then the following is quite startling:

Red is the colour with the shortest wave length and therefore objects in red appear to be close to us and gain our attention.  It also increases heart rate and is stimulating and aggressive.  It is the colour of excitement, love, liveliness.  Red in a room colour scheme is lively and warm.




Yellow is the colour most misused and abused.  The correct yellow can be expansive and welcoming.  The colour symbolises confidence, optimism, friendliness and creativity.  Yellow is supposed to aid concentration and is said to speed up metabolism





Orange is also stimulating but has an emotional response, rather than the physical response of red. It can be warm and comforting, symbolising food and security.  It is believed to increase energy levels. It can also look a little frivolous if overused.





Blue is the most popular colour in the world.  It symbolises calm, trust and logic.  Blue is the colour of the mind – strong blues are mentally stimulating whereas lighter blues are calming and soothing. Blue encourages the body to produce calming chemicals and as such is often used in bedrooms and living rooms. 




Brown is the colour of the earth.  It is a positive yet serious colour.  It is as strong as black, but softer and warmer.  Dark brown is warm, rich, steadying and symbolises reliability.  Lighter browns are restful and an attractive background to other colours.



Green is the colour that does not require our eyes to adjust in any way.  It is in the middle of the colour spectrum and is often touted as being the ‘perfect’ colour for décor.  Green is all around us in nature and is perceived to be a colour of abundance and harmony.  Green is reassuring and balancing and encourages relaxation.  Dark green is perceived as masculine and stabilising.




Purple is the colour of royalty – rare and expensive purple dyes were used for centuries on the garments of kings and queens.  Today it is the colour of luxury and affluence. It is a dramatic colour that looks sophisticated, but the wrong purple or lighter purples can look cheap and nasty.




Grey is the colour of neutrality.  The correct grey can be restful and calming.  The incorrect grey can be dampening and alongside other colours, it tends to highlight and complement colours.









Black spells sophistication and glamour.  Black is the colour of power and authority and is not strictly a colour but all the colours absorbed. Creating an impression of seriousness and efficiency it cannot be ignored.





White is strictly also not a colour, rather the  absence of reflection.  It symbolises purity and clarity.  Clean and simple it can also be very sophisticated as it gives us a heightened perception of spaces.  In conjunction with bright colours it tends to look garish, yet is most effective when used as a single colour with only textures to differentiate tones.








The colours for 2016 are Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue – a beautiful pink and a soft hazy blue.  It is unusual that two colours are nominated as colours of the year, but the panellists agreed on two for this year. 





You will find these colours in Linen Drawer’s Baby Horizon throw range and also in our range of embroidery and satin stitching that we use to decorate bed linen, table linen, gowns and towels.