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Design Basics: Using Colour in Your Home

The impact of colour on interior design is often under-estimated. Not only do some colours look nicer than others; some colours have an impact on your mood, and some colours can make a room seem larger, cosier, or more inviting. Learning how to use colours effectively in your interior design plans will help you to more easily achieve the look-and-feel you want for your home.

Learn Which Colours Work Well Together

Colours can have a big impact on our mood. Red, apparently, makes us feel hungry. Blue and green are calming. Yellow and orange make us feel energetic. Making use of this knowledge can help you pick the right colours for the right rooms.

One of the best tools for learning which colours work well together is the colour wheel. Colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel are considered to be complimentary colours. As an example, red and green are opposite each other on the colour wheel - which is why red and green are commonly paired with each other on Christmas decorations. Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel tend to clash, and should be used with care.

Bright or Light?

Bright, vivid colours are in fashion at the moment, but they are selections that age quickly. If you like to change your decor frequently, then you might be able to get away with a violet and lime green living room, but if you prefer to stick with one design for several years then you may want to stick to gentler tones; ones that you're sure you can live with.

For most rooms, natural colours are a good selection. Consider decking out your home with oak doors, natural wood furnishings from sustainable forests, granite counter tops, and carefully selected natural fabrics for your soft furnishings. You can then accent those natural materials with carpets, curtains, roller blinds, and wallpaper in matching or complimentary colours.

Which Colour for Which Room

Rustic colours are great for the kitchen. Some carefully selected browns and oranges, accented with granite or silver, can create a country-kitchen look that gets you in the mood for some heavy-duty baking.

Since red stimulates the appetite, it's a great colour for the dining room. Don't over-do it, though. You may want to choose a more sedate colour, and just rely on red accents.

Small spaces can be made to look bigger if you use light colours, but there's only so much that you can achieve with paint, mirrors, and other optical illusions. For the smallest of rooms, you may want to embrace the small size and simply pick a colour that you like, accenting it with something interesting to draw the eye to the most important parts of the room.

Just Experiment

Don't be afraid to try new combinations, or experiment with unusual colour schemes. After all, it's your home, your own private space where you can do whatever you want. Sometimes, the most amazing designs come from crazy ideas.

Thank you to Idea go for the image.

This entry was posted in Blog on January 26, 2012 by will.

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