The Importance of Colour in Interior Design

Do you remember being awestruck by the aesthetic of a room the last time you visited someone’s home? Ordinarily, one would think that the elements in the room, like the wallpaper, the curtains, the door of the wardrobe, or the shelf of antiques is what caught your eye. If studies are to be believed, what actually attracted you had something to do with color. According to research in human psychology, color has a major impact on one’s mind and has a role to play in the way one’s thought process gets channeled. So, the next time you choose the colors of your interior décor, keep in mind the science behind color messaging. Colour has a fundamental impact on the human brain, hence, your interior, by having the right blend of color, can give off a strong sense of your personality, taste and overall aesthetic. The thing to be kept in mind is the way each particular color behaves, as well as how it influences our mood.

Choosing an appropriate color palette for space is vital. A bad choice of color can cause a space that had the potential to look beautiful to become an absolute eyesore. Colour can broadly be classified into two categories- warm tones and cool tones. Warm tones, such as red, orange and yellow energize a space, and consequently its occupants. Cool tones like green, blue and purple provide a relaxed, serene air to space.

Not only is it enough to just pick a color, choosing the right shade is extremely important. Colour behaves differently when different aspects like hue, lightness, and saturation are modified. Lighter colors are airy and they can make a room feel bigger and airier. Dark tones give a more sophisticated and intimate vibe to a room.

The color that goes in space depends upon individual taste and personality, so while choosing wall and flooring colors, keep the goal of the space in mind. If you want a space to give a charged, energetic vibe, go for warm, vibrant colors. Cooler tones favor a space meant to have a comfortable, relaxing feel.

The essential elements in every room are the same- four walls, a floor, and a ceiling. What makes a room overstimulated or understimulated is the color palette. The weak intensity of colors or monotonous color contrasts lead to an understimulated environment, which is considered a faux pas. On the other hand, highly saturated colors, strong contrasts and too many clashing, visual patterns will result in an over-the-top feel to the room. Hence, striking the right balance is key.

The palette you pick for a room should consist of colors that either coordinate or contrast. Colors can be classified as active, passive or neutral, depending upon their behavioral patterns. Neutrals such as white, black, brown and grey are used to establish balance in a décor that includes strong colors, be they active or passive. The choice of the color combination will ultimately depend upon whether you want the décor to be harmonious and calming or interesting and dynamic.

Warm colors are an especially good way to create a space that feels homely and inviting. Colors like orange, yellow and some tones of brown create a kind of atmosphere in the room that is warm, friendly and cheerful. However, deciding on the color is only the first step. Let’s take a look at how to use various warm colors to create a décor that will make your home the only subject of conversation at the next party you host.

  • Yellow
    Yellow has a quality of instantly brightening up any space it is used in. This cheerful shade can be paired with white for giving a spacious, sunny feel to the room. Combine muted shades of yellow with pastel tones for interesting tonal patterns and a more relaxing feel. If you want to make the yellow in a room stand out, a combination of dark colors will achieve that, because of the contrast.
  • Orange
    This peppy color is perfect if you want to add some spice and zing to your room. It is a great choice for kids’ rooms and nurseries, as it creates an atmosphere of warmth and liveliness. A single wall can be painted or papered with shades or patterns of orange. In a room with especially dull colors, like beige or tan on the walls, orange can be used in curtains, throw pillows, rugs or bedsheets to add a dash of vibrancy to the room and to brighten it up.
  • Red
    Dramatic and spicy, red is one color that requires some thought and planning to its usage in a room. Painting all four walls in red would undoubtedly result in a room straight out of a horror film. Shades of red, rather than functioning as the dominant tone of the palette, should serve as a tonal centerpiece, so to say, around which the entire decor can be based. Colors like burgundy are a great idea for an accent wall or a piece of furniture. A combination of different shades of red can be made in a room, and then balanced out with neutral colors.
  • Brown
    Brown can be used to add a very sophisticated, rich look to the room. It adds an element of drama and coziness at the same time, making it one of the most common colors to feature in interiors of homes. Brown paired with white pops out and the room gets a brighter vibe. Browns paired with creams and beiges gives an aesthetic, sophisticated look to the room. A dark brown is a good option for small spaces, like the bathroom.
    Creating a warm décor doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself just to the warm colors. It’s a great idea to use cool tones as well to strike a balance in the room. There are certain combinations that stand out- brown and green, yellow and grey, red and brown.
  • Purple
    This is the color that perhaps best provides a very rich, elegant and royal ambiance to a room. It’s a dramatic tone which can be used in a dining or living room to create a stately, formal atmosphere.
  • Green
    Green lends hints of natural beauty to a room, hence making space serene, restful and relaxing. Add a splash of green in your bedroom and see how it becomes more fresh and vibrant. It is also a great color to be used in the kitchen.

Any of these colors, combined correctly and tastefully with pastel or neutral shades can really bring a room to life. Earthy tones like terracotta are often considered outdated; however, they’re a great choice to pair with colors that you want to pop, to create a balanced, relaxing vibe in a room. The room you create should reflect your personality, and hence with choosing the right palette, you can go a long way in making a space that is comforting to you and unforgettable for your guests.

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