Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We are surrounded by colours, and varying shades and light. And each colour affects our feelings; every colour has meaning and intertwines with our minds. Nothing is random in our world. Have you noticed days that you absolutely feel like wearing black, and then there are those days you feel like adding colour to your ensemble and spice it up by wearing a tangerine top, a fuschia scarf, or a mysterious dark red evening dress. You choose the colours of your wardrobe based on your mood and can change them as often as you like, but you cannot change the colours of a room so easily. When you start decorating rooms, it is essential that you choose the right colours.

Interior designers rely on using a colour wheel to enable them to choose colours and shades that match. There are active colours (such as red, yellow and orange), passive colours (blue, green and purple) and neutral colours (white, black, gray, beige and brown), and it is important that you are aware of how each of these colour groups might affect the mood in a room. For example, hot colours tend to stand out; neutrals, as their name suggests, don’t excite the senses, and passive colors can calm people.

You should discover a way to balance the tones, aiming to create the mood you are seeking. When you want a room full of energy, use orange; for passion, red is your answer. If you want people to relax, use shades of blue. Now let’s see what each colour means, as colours don’t have the same meaning to differing cultures.

Red is, commonly, the colour of romantic love, for example a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the classic red heart, but in South Africa red means mourning. Red is also the most common colour found in national flags. This is because in days past flags were proudly used on the battlefield and red gave the signal for battle and the willingness to shed blood. Red also symbolises good luck in China, where it is used as a wedding colour. If you want to use red, creating an interior decoration with a Chinese theme is a perfect choice.

Green is the colour of nature. You find it everywhere in the natural world, and it refreshes and uplifts. In ancient times green was the colour of honour and victory. In Ireland, green is the colour of good luck.

Blue is a common colour used in interior decoration, as it relaxes and refreshes, and suffuses a feeling of safety. When choosing blue for your home, you cannot go wrong, however blue is a cool colour, so balance it by also using orange or yellow.

Purple is thought of as a royal color. In ancient times purple dyes were extremely rare. Purple is also the colour of inspiration, so if you are creative, purple accents in a room may stimulate your mind. As it is believed to help children develop imagination, it is often used to decorate childrens rooms.

Yellow and orange -need we say that they are the warm colours! They are usually associated with the sun and tropical fruits. Both have a happy impact, however, be careful of how they are used in interior decorations, as both stand out and tend to overshadow the room.

Black and white are neutral. Both have symbolised mourning in different civilizations, but then almost every colour has symbolised mourning: red for South Africans, blue for Iranians, purple for women in Thailand, yellow for Egyptians, white for Chinese and Japanese, black for Europeans and Americans. But black and white are each very elegant colours, white symbolising purity, kindness, peace and loyalty, and, while walls should not be painted black, you could choose to use black as a feature on a wall or panel, or add black furniture to add to your interior a feel of opulence and strength.

If you’re looking for a colour consultant in Brisbane, contact Creating with Colour. This Brisbane paint colour consultant will help you choose a colour scheme to match your mood, style and the building’s personality.


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