Experts warn against redecorating with these four colours this January

Could your interiors be making you feel blue?

Redecorating this year? An interior designer has revealed the colours to avoid in January.

According to Tracy Hatch from Raspberry Interiors, we should be enveloping ourselves in warm and comforting tones to help us through this ghastly month. We asked a colour psychologist for his thoughts, and which of the paint trends for 2022 will be the most uplifting.

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Colours to avoid in January

Speaking to Stelrad, Tracy Hatch said that we should be avoiding the following four colours: grey, lilac, pale blue and crimson. Instead, she recommends selecting a palette of warm greens and terracotta to make your home feel cosy.

Tracy says pale tones are colours to avoid in January, when the days are shorter. 'Earthy tones are a great way to bring the outdoor in, this can help people feel like they aren’t missing out on the dark days,' she says.

'Red is a great colour, but increased exposure to this shade might leave you feeling more agitated,' Tracy adds. Something to bear in mind for your 2022 living room paint ideas.

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Colour psychologist Lee Chambers says, 'in the colder, darker months, with the positive anchors of Christmas and New Year's behind us, it's easy to literally feel blue with the short days and colder temperatures. But within our domestic environments, we have more than central heating and lighting that we can use to feel less blue in January.'

Lee agrees that warm and welcoming tones can gently stimulate us, elevating our mood without overwhelming us, giving us that little buzz of energy to push us out of our winter slumber. 'Gentle oranges and greens do this well, foster a feeling of spring returning, and create a feeling of space to grow into,' he says.

So, oranges, warm terracotta and green could be the way to go. Or you might be content with a warm white on the walls and accent colours brought in through furniture and rugs. We love a green rug as it gives the impression of grass underfoot.

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It's safe to say we're all missing the sunshine, so a sunny yellow could also be a nice idea - be it on our walls, cushion covers or favourite coffee mug. Try something like Farrow & Ball's Babouche on the walls for your hallway ideas, as it isn't too overpowering.

When it comes to boosting our mood, we think a couple of warm hues in soft and 'liveable' shades are a winner.

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.