Archive for March, 2009
Colour has always been important as it is associated with moods and feelings. In this article we will go through the meaning of the following colours:
Associated with: Danger, passion, energy, warmth, adventure and optimism.
Best for: The colour red is known as a sociable and lively colour and is used to stimulate the appetite, making this colour a prefect choice for dining rooms.
Though Reds have become more and more popular over the last couple of years and can range from fiery, passionate, sophisticated and warm, reds can also be overpowering and lead to headaches. It is a good idea to vary the shade of red on one wall or just use it for accessories. Reds should never be used in a baby’s room.
Associated with: Love, fresh, flirtatious and distinctly feminine.
Best for: The colour pink has become very fashionable again and can be found ranging from soft pink to tropical coral or playful raspberry. Pink is a good colour for bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful and if mixed with a hot fuchsia, introduce passion.
Pink can come across as too sweet and girlie – to counteract this you could introduce a neutral colour or hints of dark charcoal, brown or black
Orange is becoming increasingly popular and this year oranges are rich, cosy and slightly spiced but be aware that orange can make a room look smaller, so make sure you only use orange in a room with lots of natural light.
Associated with: Promotes feelings of well-being and harmony, nature, security, stability and balance.
Best for: The colour green is known to aid concentration, making it a good colour for offices and study areas and bathrooms.
Green can make people complacent or too laid back, so inject different shades of green such as deep olive or the colour of new leaves to make the room fresh.
Associated with: Soothing and calming, loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative, prevents nightmares, promotes intellectual thought and is believed to keep hunger at bay.
Best for: Bedrooms and bathrooms.
Depending of the natural light in the room, Blue can look cold and therefore be unwelcoming. To prevent this make sure you choose a blue with a warm undertone such as oceanic turquoise or shades of wispy clouds.
Associated with: Sunshine and energy, creativity and stimulates the intellect.
Best for: Kitchens, dining rooms or north facing rooms.
Yellow should not be used for a bedrooms as it is not a very restful colour. Yellow ranges from soft creamy butter to deep amber and is a friendly and inviting colour. Be careful with yellow as some stronger shades can enhance feelings of emotional distress.
Lilac can be insipid. Try to live it up with black or silver, or both.
Associated with: Magic, creativity, joy, fertility, sensuous, luxurious and sex.
Best for: Bedrooms
Purple was once reserved solely for nobility. The colour purple is sumptuous and elegant. Purple ranges from deep plum, mysterious mauve to cheerful windflowers shades. Purple can be overpowering, so try to tone it down with a light shade of purple, use it for a feature wall or just accessories your room.
Associated with: Stability, security and a very practical colour.
Best for: Living rooms
The colour brown is also known as the ‘new’ neutral and with the various shades of taupe and beige brown, will look great with almost any colour. You could for example introduce a livelier colour for mental stimulation such as green or blue to compliment the brown.
Associated with: Sophistication.
Best for: All rooms
Neutral colours such as grey can be used to bring sense of order and peace to a colourful palette. Grey is considered smart and sophisticated and ranges from dark charcoal to misty silver and looks great when paired to colourful accents.
Associated with: Drama, death and eccentricity. It is a non-colour that absorbs colour and reflects nothing back.
Best for: Nothing in particular but can be used in moderation.
Black is most commonly connected with depression and should not be use for a base colour but use to temper the sweetness of colours like pink.
Tricks with colour
In this article we are going to touch on a few points on how to make your room look larger and cosier.
Make your room look larger
- Use colours from the cool end of the colour wheel.
- Paint all surfaces the same colour.
- By keeping the floor space dark and the walls light it will appear to expand.
- If the ceiling is low you can make it look higher if you paint it a lighter shade than the walls.
- To give the illusion of space you should use the deepest colour near the floor and the lightest shade on the ceiling.
- Large furniture will appear small if they are the same colour as the walls.
- Small rooms does not have to be painted in light colours. You could emphasise its cosiness by painting it deep red.
Make your room more cosy
- Use colours from the warm side of the of the colour wheel.
- Warmer shades on the ceiling will bring the height of the room down and make it feel cosier.
- Keep flooring neutral when using bright colours such as red or orange.
- Paint the end of a long corridor a dark colour as this will bring it closer
- If you want to make your rectangular room appear squarer, paint the two short end walls a darker shade.