Does colour really affect your mood?

Have you ever found yourself feeling antsy in a red room, or serene and relaxed in a blue room? For centuries artists and scientists have believed that colour has a profound impact on a person’s mood and behaviour.

Colour psychology, the study of how colour affects mood, is one of the most important factors taken into account by marketers, artists and designers. Whilst colour perception is subjective, and much of our colour perception is determined by our culture, there is no doubt that we are instinctively affected differently by warm and cool colours.

One study showed that warm-coloured placebo pills were reported as more effective than blue-coloured placebo pills, whilst another showed that the colour red causes people to react with greater speed and urgency. In some cities, the installation of blue-coloured street lights had a major impact on reducing crime.

Linen Drawer is a trusted manufacturer and distributor of top quality home textiles, and has a wide variety of products to choose from in all the colours of the rainbow:

Red

Described as warm, passionate and intense, the colour red can evoke feelings of love and warmth, but is also sometimes associated with anger. It is energetic, and is a great colour to use around the home in bursts, especially with white and grey. A pop of red in your office could do wonders for productivity!

Blue

The colour blue is associated with calmness and serenity, and is one of the most popular colours.Though it promotes tranquillity, some also perceive it as cold. There is an association between blue and reliability, which is why major businesses such as financial institutions choose blue for their logo and branding. It is a popular colour for bedrooms and children’s rooms.

Green

Green is associated with nature and the outdoors, and symbolises good luck, health and tranquillity. The colour is often used for relieving stress as it has a calming effect. Studies have shown that when a person is in a green environment, their muscles are more relaxed and their pituitary gland is stimulated (a pea-size structure at the base of the brain that produces critical hormones). The effect is calming and stress-relieving.

Yellow

The colour yellow is attention-grabbing, bright and warm. It is considered the most fatiguing colour to the eye because of the high amount of light that it reflects, so it is best used in small doses around the home or office.

Though it is bright and cheerful, yellow is also linked to frustration. Because of its ability to draw attention, it is a popular choice for notice boards, traffic signs and advertisements.

 

Purple

The symbol of royalty and wealth, purple also represents wisdom and spirituality. It creates an air of decadence, and is often described as “luxurious”. As such, it’s a lovely colour to incorporate in the bedroom or living room.

Because it’s also seen as a creative stimulant, purple can be used in creative spaces such as art rooms, workshop venues and offices of writers, designers and creatives.

Orange

Orange is considered an energetic colour associated with feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. Because of its attention-grabbing abilities it is a popular colour for branding.

Because orange is prominent in nature (think citrus fruit, sunsets and autumn leaves), it often conjures up feelings of comfort and warmth. Use in bursts around the home.

 

White

The colour white is traditionally associated with cleanliness and purity. Because of its brightness, white can convey a sense of spaciousness. However, when overused, it can seem sterile and cold. For some, white has a “blank canvas” effect, making them feel inspired. For others, it is bland and unfriendly. We recommend white a base colour, combined with other colours of your choice.

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No matter what your home or office colour scheme, Linen Drawer has a range of elegant throws and blankets to complement it.

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HOW TO CHOOSE BED LINEN?

Confronted by the mindboggling array of bedding and bed linen options available, what motivates your choice and how can you be sure it’s the best product for you?

At Linen Drawer we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of bed linen, and what types of fabric are suitable for different climates and situations. A quick aside: We do not recommend polyester or polyester blend fabrics…ever, as they are not perfectly comfortable and do not have the healthy-sleep properties of pure cotton or pure linen bedding.

We have discussed this matter extensively, chatted tomany of our customers and tapped the best minds in the industry… to come up with this simple plan:

Ask – What can I spend? If you are price sensitive then choose a lower thread count – it will be just as durable and comfortable but will cost a little less. If price is a minor concern then the higher thread counts – 300, 400, 600 and pure linen – may be more suitable.

Ask – crisp or soft? Do you like crisp or soft bed linen?  If the answer is crisp – choose 100% cotton percale in 200 or 300 thread count, or pure linen bed linen.  If the answer is soft – choose a 100% cotton sateen weave in 400 or 600 thread count. Make sure that you touch the fabric that you are expecting to sleep on!

Ask – Where will the bedding be used? The end use, whether a spare bed, your own bed or your children’s, will determine your choice. Generally, ask the above two questions when making this decision. For instance, you might want your baby sleeping on soft, silky 400 thread count sateen weave, or your little boy on serviceable 200 thread count cotton percale.

Ask – What colour do I want?  At Linen Drawer we can offer so many options:  We stockWhite, Duck egg, Grey, Cream and Taupe 200 thread count cotton percale, and White, Sand, Slate and Blue Vapour 400 thread count Egyptian cotton. We also stock 300 and 600 thread count in white, as well as Pure Linen in white. If you have specific colour matching requirements, we can embroider and satin-stitch in any colour to match your bed-room colour scheme.

Where water quality is a problem and borehole water is used to do the laundry, Taupebed linen rather than pure white…may be more suitable.

Easy? Of course!  Any other questions? We stand by our commitmentto provide advice and assistance in providing answers to all queries. Mail us at info@linendrawer.co.zaor contact us directly by phoning +27 21 872 0108.

HOW TO LAUNDER YOUR BED LINEN

Laundry is a fact of life – like taxes and death, it spares no-one. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who can say that they never do laundry, this article might help you understand how best to care for your bed linen.

Linen Drawer attaches a wash care label to all bed linen. This shows the size, the fabric composition and the washing instructions. The washing instructions are the result of in depth knowledge of the fabric – not just something dreamed up by Linen Drawer, andfor best results, should be adhered to as closely as possible when laundering the bed linen.

Machine wash (plus temperature) – This indicates that the bedding product can be machine washed at the specified temperature. It is necessary to wash at this temperature in order to clean the bedding properly. Body fluids and oils on the bedding are removed in hot (60ºC) water with detergent. Like washing your dishes in cold water, one will not get a great result from washing your bed linen at cool temperatures.

Another function of the hot (60ºC) wash, is to develop the shrinkage allowance which has been added / built into the bed linen. Should this not be developed, the bedding will appear larger, and will not fit properly. Shrinkage in 100% cotton and linen products is only fully developed after 5 – 6 washes in hot water. Please wash all bedding after purchase and before use.

Do not bleach – Bleaching 100% cotton or linen bedding will result in yellow marks on the bedding. Bleach weakens the cotton fibres, which can result in holes and tears appearing in the product. To remove stubborn stains, please refer to our website: https://www.linendrawer.co.za/resources/advice-on-stain-removal which has a comprehensive guide on stain removal, or if all else fails feel free to contact us at info@linendrawer.co.za

Warm iron – Cotton is best ironed with a hot iron (3 dots), while the fabric is slightly damp.Make sure though that there is no steam or moisture trapped in the bedding after ironing, when the bed linen is packed away, asmoisture on the bed linen can lead to mould developing on the bedding.

Do not dry clean – It is unnecessary to dry clean cotton and linen bedding. Dry cleaning is a ‘cold process’ which does not allow the shrinkages to develop in the product. Additionally, the chemicals used in the dry-cleaning process may affect the dyes on the satin stitching and embroidery.

May be tumble-dried – Recommended if bed linen cannot be line dried outside. Tumble drying until almost dry is advised, so that the bed linen maintains some moisture, prior to being ironed with a hot iron.

At Linen Drawer we are committed to offering our clients the best possible service – whether it be products or information.  Please contact us should you have any queries – remember that there is nothing like an unnecessary question, and we welcome all queries! Happy Laundry Day!!

MATTRESS CARE – PROTECT, PROTECT!

How often do you take a good look at the mattresses and pillows in your home? Chances are… not very often. Did you know that clean fresh pillows and mattresses contribute significantly to sleep comfort?

At Linen Drawer we are committed to helping you select pillow and mattress protectors that work for you. The small cost of protectors for pillows and mattresses is far outweighed by their benefits.

A quick run through of the many benefits will serve to enlighten you:

There are 4 differing types of Mattress and Pillow protectors available. They are Terry towelling, Waterproof, Quilted,and Laminated. The following characteristics will assist you with selecting the correct product:

Terry Towelling:

• Pure cotton terry towelling
• Prevents perspiration transfer
• Breathable
• Not waterproof or dust mite proof.

Waterproof: (not readily available any longer)

• Old technology
• Terry cotton towelling with PVC coating
• Waterproof and dust mite proof
• Not breathable – uncomfortable
• Noisy – crackling noise
• Peels after repeated washing

Quilted:

• Multiple layers with polyester filling
• Prevents perspiration transfer
• Breathable
• Not waterproof or dust mite proof

Laminated: (also known as Waterproof)

• Two layers of fabric and waterproof PU laminate
• Prevents perspiration transfer
• Waterproof and dust mite proof
• Breathable

You can see that there are obvious differences between the products available, and they are suited for different uses. It would be wise to chat to the informed staff at Linen Drawer when purchasing, or have a look at the products at https://www.linendrawer.co.za/beds-and-protectors/mattress-pillow-protectors

MAKE UP DEMONS

At Linen Drawer we hear all the woes of laundry day – red wine, blood, sunblock, and the dreaded make-up stains! Of course, as a host it is impossible to forbid guests to wear make-up, but these stains do seem to be tougher than most to eradicate from bed linen and towels.

A two-step approach works best – firstly treat the stain as soon as possible. Do not allow the stain to “set”. Then you will need the following:

1. Old towel to put behind the stain you are treating
2. Good quality liquid dishwasher
3. Small soft brush – old toothbrush
4. Hydrogen peroxide solution 3%
5. Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
6. Baby wipes
7. Small soft cloth for rubbing stain

If the stain is “fresh” try rubbing gently with Baby wipe. If stain persists – identify what you think it is. Lipstick is best treated with rubbing alcohol on the small cloth.

Mascara, eye-liner, eye-shadow, and blusher respond well to dishwashing detergent and warm water. Place the towel behind the stain, apply the “solution” and rub gently with either the soft toothbrush or small cloth. Allow the worked-on stain to stay with the solution on, and then rinse in tepid water (never hot, as it might “set’ remnants of the stain). If stain persists repeat treatment. Once stain has been removed, launder whole item as normal. Do not iron before checking whether stains are completely removed.

Liquid foundation can be removed with a hydrogen peroxide solution. Dampen small cloth and apply to stain. Follow the same procedure as above and then launder as normal, taking care not to iron before you are sure the stain totally gone.

To remove nail polish – hopefully sooner than later – use acetone (nail polish remover) to stain with small cloth and dab until all is absorbed and polish is removed. Launder as normal.

Kiss stains goodbye following the above procedures! Remember the friendly staff at Linen Drawer are always ready to assist with any stain removal problems.

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

I look forward to writing this blog every year.  This is where the team from Linen Drawer express our sincere gratitude towards our clients, suppliers and co-workers.

Gratefulness has been proven to have physical benefits as well as the more obvious mental and spiritual benefits.  Showing and experiencing gratitude is good for you.

Recent research has shown that people who express more gratitude have fewer aches and pains, better sleep and stronger mental clarity.

The expression of gratitude has measurable effects on our lives; when we express more gratitude, we become more empathetic and have increased goodwill towards others.

It’s quite simple really – if you appreciate something you take better care of it. This extends to health, relationships, friends, clients, and our businesses.  In fact, all areas of our lives.

What about gratitude in tough times?  Its easy to be grateful when things are going well, but studies have shown that people who habitually show gratitude are capable of experiencing it even when rough times hit.

 In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal and bring hope, and help us cope.

So, with hearts full of thankfulness, we want to say “Thank you!” to our clients. You are the people who always come first, who support us and who help us expand our services and products.  We hope to keep improving!

Thank you also to our suppliers.  Thanks for supplying products that we can proudly endorse and thank you for staying the course with us in our efforts towards bettering ourselves.

Finally, a big thank you to the staff and workers at Linen Drawer and Linen Drawer Manufacturing.  You make every day unique.

Your enthusiasm and work ethic contribute to making the company a wonderful work environment. I am truly grateful to be part of the Linen Drawer family and for the opportunities that I have been given.

From all of us, from me to you – we are grateful! Thank you!

SPECIALLY FOR YOU!


Linen Drawer would like to spoil you this year over Christmas. We would like to make your gift shopping easy peasy! Have a look at the wonderful services we offer in customising gifts for you.
A special gift says “I care” when it has been personalised with embroidery, satin stitch or hemstitching. Popular gift options are monogrammed pillowcases, towels, and bedding. We can match the colour of the monogram with a beautiful row of satin stitching. Embroideredlaundry bags are very popular and can have lovely designs added to make them a personal and special gift.

We offer you this service on products suitable for customisation, such a bed linen, towels, andtable linen.  We can even gift wrap and include a card should you wish – for no additional fee.

A set of lovely table napkins embroidered with a Christmas motif is also a lovely gift – festive, useful and unique.  Match that with a table cloth or table runner, embroidered to match, and you have a gift any hostess would love and appreciate.

For the man in the house, we have slippers that can be embroidered and lovely Egyptian cotton and Towelling gowns that can be personalised.  These are gifts show thought and care in selection and customising.  We make it ultra-easy for you by offering free gift wrapping on these orders as well.

The only difficulty you will have is deciding which gifts to give and which to keep for yourself.  Linen Drawer makes Christmas gift giving what it should be – a simple joyful pleasure!