Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We live surrounded by colour, and blends of shades and light. And every colour influences our emotions; each colour has meaning and plays with our minds. Nothing is arbitrary in this world. Have you noticed the days when you absolutely need to wear black, and then there are those days you want to add colour to your ensemble spicing it up a little by adding a purple shirt, a lime green tie, or an enigmatic dark red evening dress. You can choose the colours for your wardrobe according to your feelings and can change them as often as you like, but you cannot rearrange the colours of a room as easily. When you begin decorating a room, it’s essential that you choose the colours well.

Designers use 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 is important that you are aware of how each of these colour groups might affect the mood of 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 are able to find a way to balance the tones, aiming to result in the mood you long for. 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 tones of blue. So now let’s see what each colour means, for colours do not have the same meaning to differing cultures.

Red is, commonly, 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. 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 want to use red, then creating an interior decoration with a Chinese theme is a perfect choice.

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

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

Purple is considered the 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, purple additions to a room will stimulate your mind. As purple 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 you use orange and yellow in interior decorations, as they both stand out and can tend to dominate the room.

Black and white are neutral. Both have symbolised mourning in different cultures, 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. But black and white are both very fashionable colours, white symbolising purity, kindness, peace and loyalty, and, while walls should not be painted black, you could choose to use black as a feature wall or panel, or use black furniture to add to 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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