“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you”! – Coco Chanel
Colour plays such a fundamentally important role in our lives; it can affect our feelings, our mood, and our behaviour – often without us even realising it.
Colour can make or break a space and given that colour has such a profound effect on us, it essential to have a basic understanding of colour before deciding on a colour scheme for your home.
Cool colours such a blue’s and greens create a sense of peace and calm, soft pinks can help to pacify, vibrant shades such a yellow can motivate and inspire, while intense shades such a red can over stimulate or sometimes induce feelings of anger.
While the physiological and emotional effect colour can be influenced by different factors such culture, religion, environment, gender, race, or nationality, the chart below provides a good indication of each colour and its overall general effect.
|Blue||Blues relax, soothe, and cool making us feel more spiritual and centered. Blue is intuitively chosen for bedrooms for just this reason. Blue is associated with intellect and healing and is said to instils calm and logical thought.|
|Red||Red has the opposite effect of blue; it increases blood pressure and respiration rate. Red also makes people lose track of time and stimulates appetite. Red is a powerful colour so it’s is generally best used as an accent.|
|Yellow||Yellow increases the metabolism and often makes many people feel cheerful, energetic, and happy. It is a mind stimulating colour that is associated with focus, creativity and optimism. However, yellow can cause more eye fatigue than any other colour and can also can upset babies.
Softer, subtle, shades of yellow are easier to live with long term than a canary or sunshine yellow for example.
|Green||Greens represents a vast range of natural colours and for that reason, appeals to many. Like blue, greens tend to calm and relax; it’s a healing colour. It can help promote perfect balance within our psychological make up and is believed to evoke a state of positive and mental attitude.
Green is the most restful colour on the eye. For interior colour schemes, olive and sage greens have appeal due of their neutral character. Lighter shades of both are easy to live with.
|Orange||Orange is an enhancer of physical passion. Oranges are warm, welcoming, cheerful, uplifting, extroverted and vital. Melon, tangerine, and mango are bright, cheerful shades that tend to improve appetite and brings warmth and energy to a space.|
|Purple||Historically, purple is the colour of kings and indicative of high self-esteem. It may arguably be the most opulent of colours. It often denotes mystery or spirituality and is believed to promote peaceful mental reflection.
Purple works best best when used in decor or artoworks rather than being used in large areas such as painted walls.
|Black||Black denotes submissiveness and is seen to be a physically protective colour however, when used correctly, black can be timeless, classy, and sophisticated.
Dark colours generally make rooms seem much smaller than they are, and absorbs of light which can contibute to bad moods. Also, painting over black generally takes more than two coats of paint, which can be tricky to cover later. However, black can be very elegant and evokes a sese of luxury. When combined with a mix of white and bright colours it can look stiking and modern.
|Pink||Pink is an interesting colour because it has the cultural associations of being feminine, but it goes farther than that. Research shows that pink rooms reduce angry behaviour at least temporarily and encourages physical relaxation. However, pink can have a physically weakening effect if over used.
Representing softness & femininity, pink generally is a comfort colour and is favoured by many for its sweet, childlike appeal. With the one of the Pantone colours of the year being Rose Quartz, paler shades of pink have made a huge come-back in furniture and decor accessories.
|Grey||Grey tends to enhance creativity and denotes wisdom and intellect, which can make it a good colour for a home office or studio.
Grey shades painted on walls are very easy to live with for a long period of time. Grey provdes a flexible neutral background for furnishings and can look extremely stylish.
|Brown||Brown connotes credibility, and reassurance. It evokes a sense of security and also tends to be soothing and comfortable. Browns are a strong practical colour.
The right shade of brown can evoke a sense of luxury by its association with chocolate and rich coffee. It works well with spicy or warm colours.
|White||White can sometimes appear quite stark. Certain cool shades of white can wash out a room, making it appear cold and sterile. Other warmer shades of white can bring a clean, crisp, light and airy feel to a space, evoking a feeling of cleanliness, purity and aspiration.
White works well used in small areas as it creates a feeling of openness and will make a room appear bigger, for this same reason it is essential for use on ceilings.
Complimentary Colour Scheme
When selecting a colour scheme for your home opt for cohesive colours that co-ordinate and work well together such as complimentary colours. Complimentary colours are colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example, blue and yellow are complimentary colours, as are green and red, orange and blue.
However, creating complimentary colour scheme doesn’t have to be as literal as uniting blue and yellow. This could translated by choosing an overriding colour such as deep indigo blue and punctuating it with accents of brass or gold by way of furniture details or accessories. This creates contrast which makes the overall blue colour scheme ‘pop’ as the brass acts as a highlight.
Analogous Colour Scheme
You don’t be afraid to go bold with colour, however, if doing so it is important to keep within a particular colour palette or a family of colours. This is referred to as an ‘Analogous’ colour scheme which consists of those colors located close together or one after the other on a color wheel.
However, this type of colour scheme doesn’t mean that everything in your interior has be the same colour. To translate this into an interior scheme, just select one overriding colour for emphasis that will convey a mood and set the tone. For example, selecting accent pieces like the cushions below in varying shades of reds work well against a neutral background.
Introducing hints of complimentary colours will create contrast and make the hero colour pop! For example, a dark moody blue highlighted by accents of brass. Or as pictured below, a muted palette of dusty green and blush is accentuated by accents of brass and gold to add depth and contrast
Monochromatic Colour Scheme
A monochromatic colour scheme consist of colors that are shade or tint variations of the same hue. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker colour such as grey or black.
When opting for a monochromatic scheme, it is important to choose a lighter colour for your base such as the walls, and introduce darker, varying tones via the furniture and accessories. A popular on-trend combination incorporates shades of white, grey, charcoal and black.
Warm & Cool Tones
Colour can be divided into both warm and cool tones. When selecting colours for your home, it’s important to consider the objective of the space and how the room will be used. If energetic work is being carried out in an area such as a kitchen or study, consider introducing warmer, more uplifting tones, like red, orange or yellow to energise the space.
Alternatively if you wish to create a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere consider cooler tones like blue or green which is well suited to areas such as the bathrooms and bedroom where relaxing is a priority.
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