Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We live surrounded by colour, and blends of shades and light. And each colour has an effect on our feelings; each colour has meaning and plays with our minds. There is nothing random in our world. Have you noticed the days that you absolutely want to wear black, and then there are those days you must add colour to your life spicing it up by throwing on a purple shirt, a magenta scarf, or an enigmatic dark red evening dress. You can choose the colours of your wardrobe according to your mood and change them as often as you like, but you can’t rearrange colours of a room as easily. When you start decorating rooms, it’s very important that you choose the colour scheme well.

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

You can find a way to balance the tones, aiming to result in the mood you long for. When you are decorating for a room full of energy, use orange; for passion, red is your answer. If you want people to chill, use tones of blue. So now let’s see what each colour means, as colours do not have the same meaning all over the world.

Red is, commonly, the colour of romantic love, for example a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the familiar red heart, but in South Africa red represents mourning. Red is also the most common colour found in national flags. This 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 means good luck in China, where it is used as a wedding colour. If you wish to use red, then creating an interior decoration with a Chinese theme is the perfect choice.

Green is the colour of nature. You find it everywhere in the natural world, and it refreshes 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, because it relaxes and refreshes, and allows a feeling of safety. If you choose blue for your home, you can’t go wrong, just remember that blue is a cold 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, a room with purple accents may stimulate your mind. As it is believed 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 associated with the sun and the fruits of hot countries. Both have a positive effect, however, be careful of how they are used in decorating, as both stand out and tend to dominate a room.

Shades of 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. However, black and white are both very refined colours, white symbolising purity, kindness, peace and loyalty, and, although walls should not be painted black, you could choose to use black as a feature on a wall or panel, or use black furniture to give your interior a feel 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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