Now colour can be added to your floor plan. As all rainbows are not the same, neither is how we view colour. The way we see colour is how the brain interprets it. It doesn’t matter how accurately a scientist measures colour and the colour of light, in the end your eye and your brain make the final decision. Everyone sees it differently.
Questions you should be asking yourself are: How do you want to feel in your room? How does the selected colour effect the rest of the house? What is “in” and do I want to be trendy? Will I get tired of this colour? What if I hate it? And so on…
Nothing evokes emotion faster than the “wrong” colour or a colour you hate.
Warm, sunny, happy, cozy and safe. If this is the feeling you’re after, then the warmer colours will produce that feeling. They are yellow, orange, red, violet, brown and cream family.
The warm colours tend to be stimulating in nature making your room visually appear smaller and warm. Rooms facing north or east work well in the warm colours. Rooms facing south or west may feel too “hot” with warm colours.
Wood is a colour as well. If your wood pieces or kitchen cabinets are looking tired, the warmer colours will play them down. They won’t be noticed as much.
If you want to feel sophisticated, elegant, rich and living in a larger space, the cool palette will create that feeling. Blues, greens, black, grey and whites will expand space, enhance the look of wood and give an elegant look.
Three Categories of Colour
In a room, colour is broken down into three categories:
1. Primary – which take up approximately 70% of colour in your room. The main wall colour for instance
2. Secondary – which is about 25% of colour. This is the colour of larger objects, such as furniture and cabinetry.
3. Accent – which is about 5%. Competition of colour doesn’t work when creating a harmonious colour scheme.
Good use of colour should be balanced, flowing and not jarring. If you decorate with bold, high contrasting or shocking colours, you will tire of them faster. Strong, bold colours work well in rooms that aren’t used often.
When re-decorating your room – once you have your floor plan and colour selected then it is time to proceed. Don’t panic or get scared – you have a plan and have thought it through! A half-decorated room can be described as half-dressed. Finish it and enjoy. Your feelings are normal, but if you lose your confidence, the room will never get done.
The definition of good taste is when all elements of design are working to create a harmonious feeling. When you create good design in your room – you will live with it longer and be happier in that room.
Colour is here to stay. Relax with it, understand it and use it.