Colour

This is one element of design that has become of major interest to house owners in recent times. This principle of design is a vital part of achieving an interesting and comfortable home. Because colour stimulates us not just visually but emotionally and it’s effects are not just decorative, you have to take your time to find the right colours for you when decorating. The colour of a space is not restricted to the walls but everything from the ceiling, floor coverings, fabrics, furniture, accessories to light. It is an effective tool that contributes to the overall scheme of a room. Several years ago, people used to shy away from bold colours and mostly used natural colours of the palette. To be able to use this tool right, a good understanding of colour is essential to creating an interesting space. Basically, the colour palette consists of the primary colours red, blue and yellow. The secondary colours are green, orange and brown. The neutral colours are black and white. All colours are created from the primary colours by either tinting (addition of white) or shading (addition of black) at varying degrees to achieve a desired colour. For example, tinting red will graduate to pink at some point while shading same red will result to purple at some point.

How Do I Know What Colour Is Right For Me?

You can identify the right colours to decorate with by simply applying sizeable watches of a colour to the area of interest and see how you react to it. While some colours stimulate calmness, others may stimulate energy. For example, a room decorated in blue and white will stimulate coolness while one decorated in orange will stimulate warmth.

There are different factors that also affect colour choice. The feel of a space. If the space is small and you wish to give it a bigger look, you should consider using cool colours to create a feeling of space and if you wish to give it a smaller feel, then use warm colours. Cool colours are wind colours such as blue while warm colours are earth colours are green and orange. For example, a coat of white-based primrose yellow will transform a dark windowless passageway into a light and inviting hall or the introduction of red-toned colours can make a large cool space feel warmer and more intimate.

Finally, the function of the space. If the space is to be used for entertaining or other social events or just to create a character, you may want to use bold colours while if it is for relaxation, sleep or even study area, you may want to consider using calm colours.

You do not have to adhere strictly to this guide when choosing colours. The trick is to be able to introduce colour in many ways to heighten or accent certain features or areas of a room all of which contribute to the overall scheme. Fortunately, the different paint manufacturers now produce a wide palette of colours that you can choose from. In order to avoid choosing the wrong colours and running the risk of turning your space is a colour palette, visit a paint store (one that allows you try out colours first) or consult with an interior decorator.