Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We are surrounded by colour, and various shades and light. And every colour influences our feelings; each colour has a meaning and plays with our minds. Nothing is arbitrary in this world. Have you noticed that there are days that you positively want to wear black, and then days you want to add colour to your outfit and spice it up a little by wearing a red top, a fuschia scarf, or a mysterious dark red evening dress. You can choose the colours of your wardrobe according to your mood and change them often, but you cannot rearrange colours of a room so easily. When you begin decorating rooms, it’s very important that you choose the colours well.

Interior designers rely on using a colour wheel to enable them to choose colours and shades 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’s important that you know how each of these colour groups will affect the mood in a room. For example, warm colours tend to stand out; neutrals, as the name suggests, don’t draw attention, and passive colors have a calming effect.

You should find a way to balance the tones, aiming to result in the mood you are seeking. When you want a room full of energy, use orange; for passion, red is the answer. If you are decorating for people to chill, use shades of blue. So now we’ll discuss what each colour means, as colours do not have the same meaning around the world.

Red is, commonly, the colour associated with passionate love, for example a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the classic red heart, however, in South Africa red symbolises mourning. Red is also the most common colour found in national flags. That is because in days past flags were proudly 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 wish to use red, creating an interior decoration with a Chinese theme is the perfect choice.

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

Blue is a common colour used in interior decoration, because it relaxes and refreshes, and allows a feeling of safety. If you choose blue for your home, you cannot go wrong, just remember that blue is a cold colour, so it needs to be balanced by also using orange or yellow.

Purple is considered a royal color. In ancient times purple dye was difficult to obtain. This is also the colour of inspiration, so if you are creative, a room with purple accents may stimulate your mind. As it is thought to help kids develop imagination, it is often used to decorate their rooms.

Yellow and orange -need we say that they are the warm colours! They are reminiscent of the sun and the fruits of hot countries. Both have a positive effect, however, take care how you use orange and yellow in interior decorations, as they stand out and can tend to overshadow a room.

Shades of black and white are neutral. Both have symbolised mourning in different civilizations, but then almost every colour has represented 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. However, black and white are each very elegant 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 add black items to give 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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