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 frame of mind. There is nothing random in this world. Have you noticed the days when you positively want to wear black, and then days you feel like adding colour to your ensemble spicing it up by wearing a purple top, a magenta tie, or a mysterious smoky red evening dress. You may choose the colours of your wardrobe based on your mood and change them as often as you like, but you cannot alter the colours of a room as easily. When you begin decorating a room, it is essential that you choose the colour scheme well.

Designers use a colour wheel 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 can influence a room. For instance, hot colours tend to stand out; neutrals, as the name suggests, don’t excite the senses, and passive colors can calm people.

You can discover 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 your answer. If you are decorating for people to chill, use shades of blue. So now let’s see what each colour means, for colours do not have the same meaning around the world.

Red is, for many, the colour associated with passionate love, for example a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the familiar red heart, but in South Africa red means mourning. Red is also the most common colour found in national flags. This is because in ancient times 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 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 revives 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, as it relaxes and refreshes, and results in a feeling of safety. If you choose blue for your home, you can’t go wrong, however blue is a cool colour, so it needs to be balanced with orange or yellow.

Purple is considered a royal color. This is because in ancient times purple dyes were very rare. This is also the colour of inspiration, so if you are creative, purple accents in a room will stimulate your mind. Because it 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 the fruits of hot countries. Both have a positive impact, however, be careful of how you use orange and yellow in interior decorations, as both stand out and can tend to dominate a room.

Blacks and whites 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 each very refined colours, white symbolising purity, kindness, peace and loyalty, and, although you should not paint your walls black, you could choose to use black as a feature on a 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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