Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We live surrounded by colours, and blends of shades and light. And every colour influences our mood; every colour has a meaning and intertwines with our minds. There is nothing arbitrary in our world. Have you noticed that there are days when you absolutely feel like wearing black, and other days you want to add colour to your life spicing things up by wearing a tangerine shirt, a magenta scarf, or an enigmatic dark red evening dress. You choose the colours of your wardrobe according to your feelings and change them several times a day, but you cannot change the colours within a room so easily. When you begin decorating rooms, it’s essential that you choose the colours well.

Designers use a colour wheel to enable them to choose colours and tones that match. There are active colours (such as red, yellow and orange), passive colours (blue, green and purple) and neutral colours (white, black, gray, beige and brown), and it is very important that you are aware of how each of these colour groups may affect the mood of a room. For instance, hot colours tend to stand out; neutrals, as their name suggests, don’t draw attention, and passive colors have a calming effect.

You should discover a way to balance the tones, aiming to create the mood you are seeking. When you want a room full of energy, use orange; for passion, red is your best colour. If you are decorating for people to relax, use tones of blue. Now we’ll discuss what each colour means, for colours are not given the same meaning all over the world.

Red is, commonly, the colour associated with romantic love, for instance a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the familiar red heart, however, in South Africa red symbolises mourning. Red is also the most common colour found in national flags. This is because in ancient times flags were usually flown on the battlefield and red gave the signal for battle and the willingness to shed blood. Red also symbolises good luck in China, where it is used as a wedding colour. If you want to use red, then creating an interior decoration with a Chinese theme is the perfect choice.

Green is the colour of nature. It is found everywhere in the natural world, and it relaxes and inspires. In ancient times green was the colour of honour and victory. In Ireland, it symbolises good luck.

Blue is a common colour used in interior decoration, as it relaxes and refreshes, and offers a feeling of safety. When choosing blue for your home, you can’t go wrong, just remember that blue is a cool colour, so it needs to be balanced with orange or yellow.

Purple is considered the royal color. In ancient times purple dye was difficult to obtain. Purple is also the colour of inspiration, so if you are an artist, purple additions to a room might stimulate your mind. As purple is thought to help kids develop imagination, it is often used to decorate childrens rooms.

Yellow and orange -need we say that they are the warm colours! They are reminiscent of the sun and tropical fruits. Both have a good effect, however, be careful of how you use orange and yellow in decorating, as both stand out and tend to overshadow a room.

Black and white are neutral. Both have symbolised mourning in different civilizations, but then almost every colour has symbolised mourning: red for South Africans, blue for Iranians, purple for women in Thailand, yellow for Egyptians, white for Chinese and Japanese, black for Europeans and Americans. But black and white are both very refined colours, white symbolising purity, kindness, peace and loyalty, and, while you should not paint your walls black, you could choose to use black as a feature on a wall or panel, or use black items to add to your interior a feeling of opulence and strength.

If you’re looking for a colour consultant in Brisbane, contact Creating with Colour. This Brisbane paint colour consultant will help you choose a colour scheme to match your mood, style and the building’s personality.

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