Colors, textures & patterns we use in our homes add dynamism, personality & richness. They create a particular mood, perhaps calm & serene, cozy & inviting, or fashionable & fun, and they bring a vitality that is both gratifying & uplifting. Whether on the walls, floors or ceilings or in the form of fabric or furnishings color effects our perception of space dramatically & dynamically.
There is a basic principle of using color in order to modify the apparent size of a room. Pale colors, because they contain lots of white, seem to recede, enhancing a feeling of spaciousness, while darker colors absorb light & there fore appear more enhancing. Color is a hugely powerful decorating tool, offering unparalleled visual stimulation and the ability to transform a space instantly not just in looks but also in atmosphere our responses to color.
Are so strong, a room can feel cozy and inviting or cold & impersonal solely as a result of colors used. Color has ability to uplift or depress and can even produce a physical reaction.
The brightest red induces a faster heartbeat and rate of breathing, and is an appetite stimulant, while soft blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals. Thus it follows that red may be a good choice for dining area and a blue for bedroom. However reaction to color is entirely personal.
How to choose colors?
In general color schemes need to be chosen with various other references in mind. The age, style of your home is a good starting point as some color which might suit a modern apartment might not suit a country side theme. The amount of natural light will be relevant too, as you can get away with darker colors in rooms with large expanses of glass. You will also need to consider the colors of your existing furnishings which unless you are going to re paint or recover them. Will have to incorporate into the scheme – perhaps as a focal point or may be something to be disguised or minimized. And of course no choice of colors is ever a totally clear cut logical decision we are all drawn inevitably towards particular shades and feel instinctively that certain tints & shades of colors will suit us.
While it is advisable to keep the keep the number of colors in a scheme to a minimum so as to avoid an unpleasant and space limiting visual confusion ,a subtle and harmonious blend of colors will give your scheme a well thought but & sophisticated edge. If you don’t feel confident about combining colors, follow some simple rules – darker & lighter shades of the same color always work well.
Sometimes naturally occurring color combination like a floral border or a print with colors appealing to you also might help you find out a scheme for yourself.
When to use bright or dark colors?
Though bolder colors are trickier to use successfully, this does not mean that they should be avoided altogether, as bright color can make a strong personal statement & dramatically bring a room to life. As a focal point in an otherwise plain room, a spot of bold color can make the difference between a scheme that is bland and boring and one that is inspiring and exciting. You could introduce in the form of a chair, a set of chairs, a curtain, a few cushions arranged on a sofa, a rug or a bed cover or a vase, or just one wall painted in a vivid hue.
As long as you limit the use of strong color, allowing plenty of white or pale shades in between so it feels like there is a room to breathe, the room will still seem spacious but will also feel rich vibrant & alive. Another time when you may want to introduce bright or dark colors is where a small room is just that – a small room – and nothing that you will do will really make much of difference so why not paint the walls as fabulous, vivid color & create a space that might not feel big, but at least make a lasting impact? Avoid a feeling of claustrophobia by lighting it well and using plenty of mirror, glass & slender furniture.