Blues are connected to the sky and to water, and they are associated with clear thinking and calm, meditative environments. Violets can be stimulating and sexy, while blue violets can be cooling and spiritual.
Greens represent nature and are tranquil and invigorating as well as restful and balancing.
Yellows are welcoming and sunny, Strong yellow are said to help the brain work better.
Oranges stimulate creativity and are warming and cozy. Reds are passionate, daring, intimate and comforting.
Pinks are fun, lively, positive and feminine.
Using paint is a simple and cost-effective way to completely restore and revive any area in the home. There is such a wide choice of color in paints, wallpapers, furniture and fabrics, allowing us to make our own designs and statements with color. With so many choices, where do we begin? Choosing the correct scheme for a room can transform a space from a tired living area into a stylish one. The right decisions made early can have a dramatic effect that can even add value to your property.
There are many factors to consider before you begin the work of filling space with color. A little practical knowledge and creative inspiration can go a long way in helping you to make the right choices. Ask yourself some of these questions when choosing color.
• What is the room to be used for?
• Who uses the room the most?
• What time of day will the room be used the most?
• How much natural light does the room receive?
• What important architectural features are there in the room?
• Which large pieces of furniture are, or will be, in the room?
• Which colors are featured in the rooms directly adjacent to the room?
• What feelings and emotions do you want the room to convey?
Simple color rules
There are good basis upon which to build ideas, but with so many paint colors, application techniques and surfaces available to us today, we can easily go beyond the basic principles.
All reds go together, as do all pinks. Certain shades of red and pink together can be great for a rich, passionate living room or a pastel floral bedroom.
Soft oranges are fantastically warming and darker oranges must be used in moderation.
Brown looks great with orange. Turquoise and cool grays are good complimentary colors to orange.
Yellows go well with greens and oranges. Blues and yellows (complementary colors) create a classic interior combination for an upbeat, fresh environment.
Green is often used like a neutral color to balance a room since certain shades of green, such as soft sage, can go with almost any other color.
All blues go together and all greens go together. Shades of blue and green are fantastic together at all levels of intensity, from pale sky and duck egg through to dark inks and peacocks.
Shades of violet can work well together. But may be too overpowering for most. Violets also look great with greens. Blue violets work well with cool blues, and red violets look beautiful with soft pinks.
Grays and neutrals mix together well for a classic backdrop of unobtrusive tones, and such colorless palettes have been popular in the past and continue to be used today. Almost any color can be mixed with neutrals and grays to create unusual and stunning interiors.
Color & Mood
Certain color groups will often inspire particular emotions. There are several emotions which certain groups have been recognized as inspiring. These emotions can be altered dramatically depending on the depth or tone of the color, but the basic principles are worth remembering when deciding on your color palette.
Have fun and try your new color palette....
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