Love Island villa decor hints at ‘snake-like’ behaviour to come, warns expert
30th June 2021

The Love Island villa has been a tropical haven for lovestruck singletons since the show first aired back in?

And this year's Majorcan haunt is no different – from the lavish dressing room to the outdoor pool and gym area, nobody would say no to a stay in that kind of paradise.

But one colour expert has warned that the lush surroundings and sexy decor could actually pave the way for betrayal.

Colour expert and environmental psychologist Lee Chambers has revealed that the sultry wall art and bunny stool installations are a breeding ground for "snake-like behaviour".

Partnering with Valspar and its colour mixing technology, the colour expert had the scoop on the villa's interior.

The villa's entrance is where it all begins, and Lee suggested the "softer pastel hues" have been arranged to help the new Islanders feel at home in their unfamiliar environment.

For some, it's their first TV appearance, which has to be nerve-wracking.

"Softer pastel hues create a sense of calm," Lee said. "This will be welcoming in both the excitement and anxiety of entering the villa.

"Equally, the colour palette evokes confidence, giving those who enter an assertive platform to walk in and turn some heads," he added.

And it's in the Hideaway where romance will be most rife, which Lee reckons could be down to its decor.

"It's no surprise to see bold colours in the Hideaway, as the design fuses the provocative power and royal mystery of purple with the stimulating sexuality of a heated pink," he said.

"When combined with fiery crimson, which promotes passion, energy and action, on a clean backdrop of pure and innocent white, the colour is popping – and the romance will be too."

But it's the living room which is going to bring the drama this year, Lee says.

He said the "vibrance" of the pink colours will bring a "social energy" to the group, adding that it will "encourage Islanders to get conversation flowing."

But that's not all the lounge area is made for.

"The electric blue accents of the bunnies and decoration are there to promote that calm confidence in anyone who's feeling just a little shy.

"The symbolism of bunnies, bananas and hearts cannot be discounted; alongside the energetic colours, they clearly scream for some quick coupling up," he explained.

The neon colours, meanwhile, are there to create a playful, more childish atmosphere – and he thinks that will be most apparent in some of the boys' behaviour.

"Don't forget the associations we have with neon colours, as they often take us back to our childhoods.

"Expect a few of the lads to become seven-year-old boys, incredibly curious, asking lots of questions and pranking each other," he said.

He also added that the wall art and designs all seem to be "dripping" – which is where the snake symbolism comes in.

"The bananas, the hearts and lips. It is subliminally suggesting that there will be plenty of melting going on, and some fluidity in the relationship and friendship dynamics throughout the show. (And probably some snake-like behaviour being perpetrated, too).

"It certainly gives permission for boundaries to be pushed when outlines are being melted away.

"The bananas also amplify the vision of eating and having a snack, but it's not exactly a three course meal," he said.

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Much of this year's impressive decor hails from bag&bones, a lighting company based in London.

The company's Instagram page is chock full of sexual imagery in the form of neon-lit signage, some identical to those signs seen in the villa.

Lee suggests bringing out "bold colour" in your own environment using neon signs and wall art, commenting: "Think splashes of red in wall art and soft furnishing like cushions, throws and (if you’re brave enough) a neon lips sign will complete the look."

Lee Chambers MSc MBPsS is a British Psychologist, Accredited Coach and Founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing.

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