I Can Sing A Rainbow: Understanding Colour In Interior Design

I Can Sing A Rainbow: Understanding Colour In Interior Design


Colour is one of the biggest influencing factors in interior design. It’s not only the quickest and easiest way to transform the mien of a room, but also has a potent effect on our emotions. Red exerts ambition, determination, and physical desire, whereas pink connotes compassion, intimacy and love. Purple stimulates our creativity and imagination, whereas blue just chills us out! If you want to use colour a little more effectively in your interiors, here’s a brief guide to understanding its effects.

Spatial Perception

While there’s a huge range of emotions and associations we can conjure up with different shades of colour, it can also be employed to manipulate how large or small a given room looks. This is something that’s overlooked by a lot of people when they come to re-decorating. Make sure you’re not forgetting about it if you want to decorate like the pros! When you’re planning on the colours you want to dominate a room, there’s one basic rule you should bear in mind, which governs every bit of work industrial painting companies carry out! Light colours make a room feel larger, while dark ones make it feel smaller. In the same way, light colours can make the objects in a room appear closer or bigger, whereas darker ones can make them appear smaller, and more distanced from the person looking at them. You should choose the colour scheme depending on the room you’re decorating and what you intend it to be used for. Just make sure you don’t lean too far one way or another. If a room’s walls and ceilings are pure, spotless white, and you fill it with brightly coloured objects, it can give the place the cold feel of a hospital ward, make objects appear somehow pointy or garish. If you make everything look too dark, you end up living in a cramped, possibly haunted house! Try and counter the colours of the walls with the objects and décor in each room to avoid this issue.

Colour Scheme

“Colour scheme” is a phrase you’ve doubtlessly come across in interior design mags, along with “complementary”, “monochromatic” and “tint”. But what do these really mean? Complementary is basically used to refer to colours that bring each other out when used next to each other. Look at the colour wheel, and you’ll see complementary colours placed across from each other. If you’re struggling to come up with a potent colour scheme for a certain room, then a combination of these is a great way to start. Then, you can play around with different shades (colours with black added) and tints (colours with white added). Depending on the kind of style you’re going for, you could consider a monochromatic room (made up of one colour in varying shades and tints) or an achromatic one (free of any dominant colour). There are many other, more detailed guides on choosing an effective colour scheme for a room. Do your research, toy with different ideas, but most importantly go in with a  plan!

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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