Interior Design and the Importance of Colour

We live surrounded by colours, and various shades and light. And every colour influences our moods; each colour has a meaning and plays with our mind. Nothing is absolute in our world. Have you noticed that there are days when you positively feel like wearing black, and then there are those days you must add colour to your outfit spicing things up a little by adding a tangerine top, a lime green scarf, or a mysterious smoky red evening dress. You may choose the colours for your wardrobe based on your feelings and can change them as often as you like, but you cannot change colours of a room so easily. When you begin decorating rooms, it is very important that you choose the colours well.

Designers rely on using a colour wheel to choose colours and shades that match. There are active colours (for example, red, yellow and orange), passive colours (blue, green and purple) and neutral colours (white, black, gray, beige and brown), and it’s very important that you are aware of how each of these colour groups will affect the mood in a room. For example, hot colours tend to stand out; neutrals, as the name suggests, don’t draw attention, and passive colors have a calming effect.

You should find a way to balance the tones, aiming to result in the mood you are seeking. If you are decorating for a room full of energy, use orange; for passion, red is your answer. If you want people to chill, use shades of blue. Now let’s see what each colour means, as colours are not given the same meaning to differing cultures.

Red is, commonly, the colour of passionate love, for example a red rose, a red box of chocolates on Valentines Day, or the familiar red heart, however, 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 flown on the battlefield and red gave the signal for battle and the willingness to shed blood. Red also means good luck in China, where it is used as a wedding colour. If you like red, then creating an interior decoration with a Chinese theme is a perfect choice.

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

Blue is a common colour used in interior decoration, because it relaxes and refreshes, and allows a feeling of safety. If you choose blue for your home, you can’t go wrong, however blue is a cool colour, so it needs to be balanced with orange or yellow.

Purple is thought of as a royal color. In ancient times purple dye was very hard to obtain. It is also the colour of inspiration, so if you are creative, a room with purple accents will stimulate your mind. Because 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 reminiscent of the sun and tropical fruits. Both have a good impact, however, be careful of how they are used in interior decorations, as they both stand out and can tend to overshadow a 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. However, black and white are each very fashionable colours, white representing purity, kindness, peace and loyalty, and, while you should not paint your walls black, you could choose to use black as a feature on a wall or panel, or add black items to add to your interior a feeling 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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