Interior Design Ideas

June 7, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

 Make Colors Work for You

Color is the most influential element of design.  For years, psychologists have used different color schemes in environments in an effort to resolve behavioral problems, relieve stress and reduce fatigue.

As an Interior Designer, I believe you, too, can make your environment reflect your mood, personality and taste.  This will help you to be more relaxed and productive in your own space whether in your office or your home.  You can do this by following some basic principals of design with and emphasis on color.

Let’s do our homework first:

  1. Study design books and magazines.  Identify the styles that appeal to you most.
  2. Tune into the environment around you.  Become aware of the colors and hues that make you feel comfortable or those that irritate you.
  3.  Know and use the Basic Rules for Color:
    • Generally, the larger the area, the less intense the color should be.
    • A room with few or small windows, and hence a small amount of light, should have light-reflecting colors.
    • To test colors, observe them in both natural and artificial light.  Sample them under various lamps.
    • A dark ceiling feels lower. A light-colored ceiling seems to elevate the ceiling.
    • Cool colors are generally restful, soothing, receding, somewhat formal, and tend to make individual objects stand out.  Blues, greens, and lavenders are considered cool colors.
    • Warm colors are generally active, cheery, advancing, somewhat informal, and tend to blend objects together.  Reds, yellows, and oranges are warm.
    • Color appears to be different when the texture is varied.
    • While selecting a wall color from a small color chip, you should always choose one which is one or two tints lighter than your preference.  Small chips appear lighter than the final painted color.  If you have a question about a color, buy a quart and paint it on the wall.
    • The color of the wood is important to the general color scheme.  When dark woods are used, colors with high intensity–or chroma–should be used around the room.
    • A small room may feel even smaller if dark, rich eye-demanding colors, which fill space, are used on backgrounds and furniture.
    • Lighter, blended or receding colors will open a room and seem to create more space.
    • In room decor, a small area of bright color will balance a large area of softly muted color.  For example, a large, light-colored sofa can be balanced by a dark or small chair.  Or, when it comes to decorating walls, the space below the chair rail should be in darker tones to anchor the lighter space above.
    • Whenever two rooms adjoin, there should be a pleasant relationship of color and pattern.  One or more colors should be carried from one room to the other, but not necessarily used in the same manner.
  4. Experiment with new color combinations.  A little surprise might add new zest to your rooms.  However, experiment on a small scale, such as accessories, and then branch from there.

With the suppressing pressures of everyday living, our homes must be a haven, a place for our families to escape.  True peace may come from within, but we need help from our surroundings to sustain that serenity.

Live Life Beautifully!