An English poet and critic, Leigh Hunt once said “Colors are the smiles of nature”, and one who understands this quote knows the vital importance of colors in an individual’s life. Colors behave, change their character and influence our mind in different ways. When lightness and saturation are modified, each color changes its character. And this aspect of colors cannot be known better than by an interior designer. There’s no doubt in the fact, that colors is an international visual language which is understood by everyone. So, when an Interior Designer tries to communicate or put across her/his design, there’s no way better for them to do it than through color.
The behavior of color varies in three ways: Active, Passive and Neutral. Black, Gray, White and Brown comprise of neutral colors, which when established together in balance make up both active and passive shades in a décor. It’s very important for people to understand the role of colors and what tremendous impact they create on one’s mind and life. Before you use colors in your interior design and décor make sure you correctly assess what the ambiance of space should be. Using various combinations of colors introduce various shades of emotions too. Before choosing a color for your living area or bedroom, ask yourself what you want to feel when you enter that room?
There are more than 10 million identifiable colors in the world today, so let’s focus only on the most common ones and understand what they signify.
The color of blood and fierceness, red signifies ambition, leadership and determination. Use this color to give a resonant and stimulating aspect to your rooms. Red color is mostly used in kitchens as the color increases the appetite. Use this color in small doses, like black and also in spaces where you want to create contrasts or focal points.
The psychological effects of white color create a calm, refreshing and clean look in a house. The softness of white color emits invigorating freshness when used in décor, walls, windows or door frames. White is used in contrast with other neutral colors to give an elegant formality to the living space. This color is mostly used on bathroom and kitchen fittings and also, ceilings as it reflects all lights and makes the spaces look larger and gives the impression of cleanliness and good hygiene.
The color of sunshine, yellow is associated with joy, energy and intellect. You’ll find yourself in a happy aura because of this color when used in hallways, dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Use this color sparingly, as all-yellow interior makes people lose temper. Effects of yellow color vary with its nuances, so make sure it’s neither too bright nor to muted. For breakfast spaces, the combination of yellow and orange is an excellent choice. But when used correctly in studying area this color shows the path towards creativity.
The typical calming color, blue is most popular color in almost every nation. When choosing a color for home of office, blue is a primary choice as it slows down the metabolism and has a calming effect. Deep midnight blue creates a feeling of luxury when used in bedroom. This color signifies vastness, limitless potential and abundant positive energy and creates tranquility. There are plenty of creative ways to incorporate this playful and beautiful color. Prefer blue in the form of accessories, furniture, and wall and window treatments.
The color of nature, Green is restful for the eye and transcends calmness and security in interior design. Green gives a natural and fresh vibe to the room so it is definitely the best choice for living area and study rooms. Using green with combination of blue shades is an exemplary choice for a bedroom as it lowers the blood pressure and balances the heart rate. In order to brighten up the place use green wallpaper with tints of other shades, or one with floral or striped texture.
For an Interior Designer it requires unerring judgement and technical creativity to use the right colors that support the personality of settler. The theory of colors should be well understood by an interior architect in order to understand the effect tones create and how they affect the overall mood of the inhabitant.