THE COLOUR SPOT
Whatever style of room you are attempting to create one of the most important elements which will dictate how the scheme develops is the colours you choose to incorporate. This critical choice will determine the furniture, the accessories, the soft furnishings the flooring and the wallpaper you select. If you are striving to create a specific atmosphere or mood use the guide below to pick the colour which is going to lead to a successful interior design solution. This guide outlines some the key features that are created when using a particular colour. It is amazing how colour can influence a person's feelings and reactions to a space. With this knowledge you can use it to produce the desired interior design results, producing a successful design proposals each and every time.
This is one colour that will definitely get noticed. It is an attention seeking, aggressive colour full of lively vitality and energy. Suitable for living rooms & dining rooms it appears full of fun when coupled as a minor accent with blues & white; highly sophisticated when alongside olive green & charcoal: and invigorating in a cool blue/green scheme. The use of orange depends on the mood you wish to create - stimulating, intimate, exciting, unique with the right combination of colours you can use orange to create all these moods.
A room that is mostly green generate a sense of balance, harmony & rejuvenation. Green is easy on the eye, cool & restful. It's an ancient colour which is also thoroughly modern, reflecting our concern for ecology, our hopes for the future and the new generation. The new greens of pale pistachio, rich aquamarine and burnt lime open up a whole range of new green options. Regardless of the green you choose you can be confident that it will suit all seasons, bringing a little nature and harmony into your room.
Using more red in a room will generate stirrings of passion, energy, warmth & adventure. It's the ideal colour for dining rooms as it brings out your sociable side and has a stimulating effect on the appetite. The downside of using an abundance of red is that it can very easily dominate a room. You can take the edge of by using it on just one wall or by varying the shade. A word of warning: using too much in the kid's bedroom might lead to bedlam.
Ah, the colour of love. The word alone makes you feel peaceful & calm. So it's no surprise that pink & bedrooms go together like champagne and strawberries. The fellas out there are probably saying "not a chance!" And they have a point because the danger is that an overdose of pink will look more girlie than a Barbie convention. But relax guys, you can feel comfortable too with pink simply by adding some elements of dark brown or black. This combination will create a haven of sumptuous tranquillity.
Blue has a natural relationship to water and is a relaxing colour suggesting harmony & peace. It has a low reflectance value that diffuses bright sun and can be used to tone down other bright colours. It is best used in bathrooms and bedrooms and has been known to prevent nightmares. While blue can look cold and unwelcoming, you can easily prevent this air of chilliness by choosing a warmer tone which includes a touch of red.
With its bright & mood-lifting hue, it is typically associated with clarity, happiness & communication. However, if it is highly saturated it can increase irritability & hostility. So, it is probably best kept out of the bedroom. Yellow in a room helps speed the metabolism, stimulates circulation & digestion, and creates a social ambiance. So it's no surprise that it is best for kitchens & dining rooms. Lilac Wallpaper The most spiritual of colours; it symbolises creativity and has a quietness that lowers the blood pressure, and depresses the appetite for food and other things! Lilac is best used in the bedroom & bathroom, for creating a stress free sanctuary If you love lilac, well done you, as you are likely to be visionary, complex & elegant. If Lilac is not your thing, one suggestion is to team it with pearl grey or silver. This provides a wonderful foil for that little splash pale purple.