Colors in interior design
Since you’ve already heard so much about color properties and their significance, you might as well have guessed that colors surrounding us in our homes can be very important. When you’re at home, you want to feel comfortable—you want to belong. It’s your home. That’s why it’s important to decide on a good color scheme that makes you feel good about your surroundings. Although interior designers may have great aesthetic sense, your personality and desires have a lot to do with the colors that would suit you, which is why most interior designers let you choose from a few choice color schemes.
All design aspects have a lot to do with the color wheel, especially since the wheel is roughly divided into two halves, warm colors and cool colors. The warm colors are the colors from red to yellow-green, whereas the cooler colors are the colors like blue, indigo, violet and darker greens. This demarcation has a lot of significance in interior design, because the temperature of the color can affect the temperament of the room. The warmer colors tend to give a more vibrant look, whereas the cooler colors are calm and recessive. The useful side of these properties is that cool colors give an impression of a larger area, whereas the warm colors give a large room more coziness. A lot of the time, people decide to go for a cooler color scheme and then accentuate it with a few “warm” accessories.
Another useful color property that designers enjoy playing around with is intensity, or the saturation of the color. An intense color scheme can make a very stunning impression, but it’s important to remember that intense colors should not be used alongside lower-intensity colors, because that is one contrast that does not achieve a very harmonious effect. On the other hand, low-intensity colors may be unobtrusive, but they do give the room a subtle aura of tranquility.
Of course, the most popular color tool is the different shades of the color wheel—the dark and the light. Very nice to play around with, the hues give you a lot of scope for contrast and accent. Some of the best-designed rooms have a single background color with highlights given in a different hue.
Individual colors mean a lot to individual people, but each color tends to have a general impression in the world of design. Red, for example, is the classic shade of passion. In physiological terms, red tends to increase blood pressure, rate of heart beat and appetite. A very warm, intense color, red can be both useful and tricky to use in interior design.
Yellow is the sunshine color—and it lights up dark places extremely well. However, since yellow can be stressful on the eye and mind, it is better to use a slightly lower intensity shade. A very friendly color; it gives the home a cheerful tinge.
Orange has a mixture of the red and yellow properties. As a result, it’s a nice, neutral color that can be both refreshing and amiable. One of the more popular shades of orange is the creamy-orange color which serves both as a cheerful warm color and as a relaxing calm color.
Green can be both a warm color and a cool color, depending on the intensity and hue. It is a very peaceful color that gives the mind an atmosphere of breathing composure. It’s used to evoke a harmonious integration with nature, and as a result, it’s often used in therapy rooms and schools. Some people like using green for dining rooms and bedrooms as well—it’s a color that goes well pretty much anywhere and everywhere.
Blue is probably the most-used bedroom color. It’s a very firmly cool color, and since it is a tranquilizer, it works well in bedrooms. It is often used to make smaller rooms look more airy and larger. However, studies show that blue can affect your appetite—so the dining room would need a warmer, invigorating color scheme.
Pink and purple are surprisingly under-used in formal rooms or adult-occupied rooms, but since girls enjoy the feminine quality of these colors, a lot of bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms are pink or light purple. Light purple is also a nice color for a baby’s bedroom.
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