Colours can make or break the atmosphere of any room. Chosen wisely colour can make any space look inviting & aesthetically pleasing in no time. In general as visual beings humans are greatly affected by colour; with certain colours creating different moods & feelings within us. Each colour has its very own psychology based on how it affects us & understanding this is key to ensuring you choose the correct colours for any space. Colours can be active, passive or neutral. Light colours are expansive and airy while dark colours are sophisticated and can make a space feel smaller. As such it is vital that you choose colours carefully, making sure you balance the colours you like with the type of colour the space needs in order to make it a pleasant space.
How Can You Use Colours in Your Rooms?
When it comes to using colour many people limit themselves to considering only the walls. While walls do take up the largest area of a room it’s important to ensure that you consider all the elements & components of the room when you are deciding on a colour scheme. You can incorporate colour to your rooms through wall paints, window treatments, furniture, ceiling finishes, floor finishes & accessories; remember, however small or big each individual component is each will have a significant impact on the final outcome.
A Few Basic Colours & Their Impact on Rooms…
|Brown: Brown is natural & can create a sense of security and stability. Brown adds depth and warmth.
White: White is refreshing and clean often used to create an airy appearance, quiet and pure. White will make a room will feel more spacious and open.
Red: Red is the colour of passion, danger and strength. It stimulates and excites & can be warm and inviting & is best suited for social rooms.
Blue: Blue creates a soothing sense of serenity and peace however too much blue can be depressing. Blue ca create a cool and clear look & is perfect for rooms that are generally warm.
Green: Green is considered the most restful colour for the eye. It is restorative, mind-clearing and encourages composure & also creates an outdoorsy, natural feel.
Orange: Orange is a very exciting colour. It creates energy and enthusiasm & can also stimulate your appetite. It’s a great colour to exercise around & is suitable for dining rooms & kids areas.
Yellow: Yellow gives a bright and optimistic air to your rooms. It brightens your mood and increases your energy & is cheerful, friendly and airy.
A Few Tips & Tricks!
- A general rule of the thumb is to use darker colours for the floor, medium colours for the walls and light colours for the ceiling, although this can be changed wisely & accordingly.
- Use colour to create an accent wall.
- Highlight architectural features such as Mouldings with bold colours to add sophistication to a space.
- Use accessories to add a splash of colour to a pale room or to neutralize a too bright room.
- Use a mix of light & dark shades to create a beautiful balance in your room.
- Use colours you love to add a touch of individuality to your rooms.
- Consider the usage of the room & choose colours that compliment it.
Our take on this:
While colour is a reflection of your own personality, smothering a room in your favourite colour is definitely not the best way to go. Often it is best to use more than one colour or to at least use several shades of one colour to create a space that is suitable for everyone. Remember you are not the only one who will spend time in your home or office. With the advice of an Interior Designer, a few small changes in terms of colour can create a world of difference to any room. Take a look at some of our projects to see how we use colour to create truly unique spaces!