Red, yellow and orange create feelings of intimacy and romance. They're perfect colours for social rooms such as dining rooms, family rooms and kitchens. Red is said to speed up the body's metabolism; yellow to inspire creativity, energy and good cheer; orange to provoke conviviality. Green confers a sense of relaxation and comfort and is masculine in the darker shades, making it good for dens, libraries and rooms that need a club-type feel. Blue is refreshing, soothing and calming. It's good for children's rooms and bathrooms and can go with white or, for a classic look, with gold. Purple is great for conveying elegance and artistic creativity, but too much can be depressing and heavy. Black is trendy when used for shadows and silhouettes or in a retro pattern. White can be sophisticated if layered with the right hues and textures. Grey gives a look of antiqued elegance, but it can overpower. Brown is starting to look dated when used in a modern context, but alive in the bold-patterned retro look and the earth-tone range of homewares.