How do you feel about your home and how does your home feel
It is a well known fact that colour in your home does much
more than anyone can appreciate and we as individuals are very
visual beings and are more than likely to be swayed by the things
we see which can have an immediate impact on our mood.
Transform your space
Changing a colour is one of the most exciting and economical
ways to transform an interior space; alternatively, choosing
a colour can be a very overwhelming experience, since there are
a variety of colors available on the market as there are grains
of sands on earth!!! Understanding colour is vital to creating
your perfect space.
Choosing a colour scheme
In the design world it's easier once you understand that colour
is classified and organized on what is known as the Colour Wheel. Balance
is the key as the colour wheel helps to sort things systematically. Colours
Schemes can be termed by how they are grouped together; Monochromatic,
Analogous or Complimentary.
Monochromatic, meaning one single colour, is one of the easiest
schemes to create and is considered unified, peaceful and harmonious.
You can create interest with different shades and tones of the
same colour and incorporate a variety of volumes and textures
using fabric, carpet, art and accessories.
The Analogous scheme is a combination of two to three related
colours that are side-by-side on the colour wheel and considered
to be versatile and eye catching. Usually one color is dominant
and the other is secondary in importance.
A complementary scheme uses colors across from each other
on the color wheel and is generally found to be visually pleasing
to most people. Complementary color schemes are tricky to use
in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand
Preferences vs Favourites
Colour preferences are not always the same as favorite colours. You
may love cobalt blue as glass -- but not as a color on your walls. Lightened
and subdued, cobalt blue might become a colour you prefer and
would like to live with.
An idea file can help you identify your colour preferences. Start
with decorating books, magazines and catalogues. As you
look through your decorating books and magazines, flag or cut
out pictures of things that appeal to you, whether it's an entire
room, a fabric or a vase of flowers.
Do coloured walls look inviting? Maybe you like the feel of
an all-white room or perhaps you prefer botanical or textured
solids? Don't try to analyze why you like something; just
collect the ideas and include family members in this discovery
process, because everyone's preferences count.
Analyze your colour preferences by sitting down with your idea
file and ask yourself a few questions. Do you like cool
blues, greens and violets? Or warm reds, yellows and oranges? Perhaps
you feel more at ease with neutrals. Do you prefer combinations
of just a few colours or combinations that include many colours. One
approach is not necessarily easier than the other; it's all a
matter of taste.
Which is your least favourite colour? For adults, it is
usually orange. But, can you see the potential in light-value,
low-intensity versions of orange; colours that might be described
as pumpkin or spice? Don't rule it out, in the right form, in
the right amount, and in the right situation, your least favourite
colour may turn out to be just right.
Colours look different in varied levels of lighting and will
greatly affect the way you perceive it. Certain colours
will have a different impact according to the characteristics
of your space. Always view samples of paint or wall coverings
in the rooms in which they will be used both during day and with
the lights on at night so you get a true sense of how they will
Stepping out of your colour box
A child's room is a great place to have fun with lots of colour!
Kids' preferences tend to lean toward high-intensity hues.
Do you prefer light, airy colours or dark, dramatic ones,
bright colours or quiet colours? Recognizing your preferences
in these aspects of colour is especially helpful when you choose
a wall colour.
What part of the natural world appeals to you? Just because
you love the ocean doesn't mean you must build your colour scheme
around blue -- in fact, ocean colours include many warm hues. Your
preference might lead you to blue-greens, yellow greens, even
yellow-oranges as well as neutrals.
Do you long for a calm space, or do you hope to create a high-energy
room? If you favour a quiet earthy ambience, use warm neutrals,
a single colour in many variations, or related colours such as
cool clear blues, aqua or sandy tans, warm browns and orange.
If you're after excitement, opt for more contrast-colours from
all around the colour wheel, lots of light/dark contrast, and
doses of high intensity colour.
Overall, selecting a colour scheme can be a very daunting
task as there is a lot to consider when it comes to colour. A
Professional Interior Decorator has the expertise to guide you
through your colour selections. Tints, tones and shades
are key components to consider when unifying your space so that
you can sit back, relax and most of all enjoy the experience!!
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