Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We are surrounded by colour, and various shades and light. And each colour influences our feelings; each colour has a meaning and plays with our frame of mind. There is nothing arbitrary in this world. Have you noticed days that you positively want to wear black, and other days you feel like adding colour to your outfit spicing it up a little by wearing a purple top, a turquoise scarf, or a mysterious smoky red evening dress. You may choose the colours of your wardrobe based on your feelings and can change them often, but you cannot alter the colours within a room so easily. When you begin decorating rooms, it’s essential that you choose the right colours.

Designers use a colour wheel to choose colours and shades 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’s very important that you know how each of these colour groups will influence a room. For example, warm colours stand out; neutrals, as the word 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 seek. When you want a room full of energy, use orange; for passion, red is your answer. If you are decorating for people to relax, use shades of blue. Now we’ll discuss what each colour means, as colours are not given the same meaning to differing cultures.

Red is, for many, the colour associated with passionate love, for instance a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the familiar red heart, however, 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 used 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 uplifts. In ancient times green was the colour of honour and victory. In Ireland, it is the colour of good luck.

Blue is a common colour used in interior decoration, because it relaxes and refreshes, and offers a feeling of safety. When choosing blue for your home, you can’t go wrong, but blue is a cold colour, so balance it by also using orange or yellow.

Purple is thought of as a royal color. This is because in ancient times purple dyes were very rare. Purple is also the colour of inspiration, so if you are creative, a room with purple accents may stimulate your mind. As it is believed to help children 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 tropical fruits. Both have a happy impact, however, be careful of how they are used in decorating, as they both stand out and tend to dominate the room.

Blacks and whites are neutral. Both have symbolised mourning in different cultures, 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 each very fashionable 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 wall or panel, or add black furniture 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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