It may just be your favourite colour. As simple as that. Or, your home library make speak volumes (if you’ll pardon the pun) about your personality – from wacky, multi-coloured outlandish collections, to reserved, muted neutral tones.

Whatever your colour choice, the hue of your room, feature wall, or home library, can very much influence your mood and much more. Here’s a few popular colours, and what effect they could have on your home should you choose them for your home library.


It’s said that the colour orange expands your thinking. This vibrant, dynamic hue reduces self-consciousness and allows you to express yourself with confidence. It is the colour of laughter and celebration; use it in your home when you want to feel younger and invigorated.


Bright red books in a home library will fortify you. The colour is a stimulating shade that promotes courage, strength and fearlessness. If you want to boost your self-confidence, incorporate bright red into your home library, but remember – too much red can make you feel overly excited or agitated. A little goes a long way.

Deep red, to put it simply, is great for the bedroom, as it helps awaken the libido. Use it to move you through inhibitions and emotional blocks that prevent you from expressing yourself. It will remind you to live life fully and to love your body.


Pink is renowned for being the colour of love – without the ferocity and intensity that deep red brings. Gentle and soothing, pink promotes tenderness and is a comfort in times of emotional transition. Use it in a room when you are trying to increase receptivity and understanding.


Blue is famed for it’s magical powers – by encouraging efficiency! It’s said to purify your thinking, so that you can cut through the clutter in life and discover what is most important to you. It helps you relax, and reportedly helps with decision making. Try to incorporate deep blues in rooms where you face the most stress – for example a home office.

If you need to relax, try aqua. Aqua and turquoise books may be hard to come by, but a few here and there should do the trick. This colour inspires trust. Surround yourself with it if you have difficulty sleeping, dreaming, or letting go of the day’s events.

Light and sky blues are known for dissolving tension and promoting tranquillity. Light blue especially brings ease into the home and harmony into relationships. Wearing or surrounding yourself with it helps calm aggressive tendencies and eliminates discord. Help out the whole family by using blue hues in the kitchen or dining room, or wherever the group discussions take place.


As the primary colour in nature, green corresponds with life’s true riches. It is the colour of fresh starts, growth and new beginnings. It will encourage you to honour your unique talents and manifest them in the material world. It’s also very healing. It represents nourishment and helps steady the body, balancing your equilibrium and encouraging stability. Use it to rejuvenate yourself, to promote physical and emotional well-being. Green is excellent in the kitchen – a green-themed antiquarian collection is ideal for amongst the cookery books!


Yellow books as part of a home library are ideal for increasing ones focus. This colour is known for enhancing intelligence and mental agility. It can help stimulate conversation and clarify thoughts. Incorporating yellow, gold, beige and some brown books into your living area or wherever you’re most likely to entertain guests for a long evening of scintillating socialising!

Whichever colour your choose, for whichever meaning or reason, don’t forget – you don’t need to dedicate a whole room to one colour. Try using different shades in different pockets – a relaxing corner of pinks and blues, or adding vibrant reds and oranges into the bedroom and hallway!



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