By Nikita Sheth, Interior Design Editor and Michelle Larin, Editor
An injection of colour can add vibrancy, life and energy into what may otherwise be a dull space. Colours invigorate and stimulate and, if used successfully, manipulate the feel of a space. Although we may not realise it, colour brings meaning into our lives. It makes up our world. There is no denying that colours possess the capacity to influence our emotions.
For example, greens are the perfect colour for the bedroom as they promote tranquility and health, whilst red is ideal for living rooms as it raises energy levels and encourages appetite! Colour psychology plays a significant role in interior design, but it is frequently overlooked.
Achieving a harmonious and sophisticated colour composition often requires some serious experimentation. Whilst trade fairs and interior design magazines are useful to generate ideas, a colour wheel is also a great tool that can be used to compare colours side-by-side. Another handy (and free) source of inspiration is the paint chip sample displays at paint shops or warehouses (think Bunnings). Paint chips are excellent for ascertaining which colour scheme or combinations resonate with you.
Experimentation is crucial when deciding which colours to integrate into a space. Longevity should be considered. That is, do you want a bold statement feature wall that is on trend? Or, do you wamt to create a timeless neutral colour scheme to allow for an evolution of furniture and accessories?
It is important to remember that whilst omnipresent, colour combinations are essentially a matter of personal taste. Colour trends will always come and go, but the key is to select colours which reflect your likes and personality. Remember, there are no set ‘rules’ and it is always best to listen to your 'gut feel'. At the end of the day, you are the one who will need to live with your colour choice!
Colour possesses the power to change the shape and size of a room.
Limiting the number of colours to two or three is always a good idea. To many colours can result in a cluttered or inconsistent space.
When applied with thought, contrast through colour is the perfect way to add an element of dynamism.
With colour, it is often best to start small. Integrating some colour into a space through the use of either furnishings or accessories is a safe and impermanent option.
Colour adds visual interest, especially when teamed with varying patterns and textures. For example, colourful wallpaper lifts a room, injecting it with a sense of personality and playfulness.
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