7th Sense of Colours
Colour Theory For Interiors
Colours can affect you, your home and your work environment. Emotions and moods swings could be the effect of the colour that surrounds you. You could lose your temper faster because you are surrounded by red walls. Or keep your calm longer all because of blue walls. It's surprising what colours can do so pick your colour carefully. We will help you reach the colour best for you.
A word of caution here – not every colour meets with everyone's approval so you could consider a quick dipstick before you pick a colour.
Increases energy level
What is it that you are looking for, for your interiors? Something cozy and warm or something that whets your appetite and makes you feel grand? Something which invokes luxury or makes you feel powerful?
Red. That's the colour which you should pick if it's any of the above you are looking for. Be it a bedroom a living room, a restaurant or a corporate dining facility, the bold colour has more personal associations than any other.
For those prone to mood swings, red is a strict no no.
Effect of the colour red:
- Increases energy level
- Commands confidence
- Encourages action
- Makes you fearless
Makes you feel light and free
Feeling blue? Well, the colour blue on your walls could change your mood. Good for your health, blue has healing properties like the ability to lower blood pressure and slow down respiration.
You can create a conservative office environment with a dash of blue. Recreate the serenity and calm of the oceans in any room you please. The colour blue captures the airy blue skies – one of the few things that is constant in our lives. And if its serenity holds no charm for you, try the electric or brilliant blues for a more dynamic and dramatic look which make spaces more exhilarating.
Effect of the colour blue:
- Calms nerves
- Is cooling
- Makes you intuitive
- Makes you feel light and free
Keeps you grounded
If you love the trees and the green meadows, paint your walls green. Capture the tranquility of nature.
A symbol of fertility, success and harmony green doubles up as a warm and a cool colour. Refreshing and soothing to the eye, green works as an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere.
The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and stimulating, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones.
Effect of the colour green:
- Soothes and relaxes
- Cools your nerves
- Keeps you grounded
- Refreshes and recharges
Makes the air more relaxed
Feel the sunshine. The warmth and the joy as you go humming through your rooms feeling like you are on top of the world.
Sometimes it's just a wee bit of yellow you need to raise your spirits and rediscover the bubbly you. A golden yellow to light up a much ignored closet space. A paler hue to add a bit of calm. A soft yellow to brighten a kid's room. With yellow you can infuse surroundings with optimism and energy.
Effect of the colour yellow:
- Adds cheer
- Makes the air more relaxed
- Stimulates the senses
Makes life fast paced
Better check with those around you before you paint your rooms orange. It is the one colour which is either absolutely adored or hated passionately!
This close relative of red adds fun and flamboyance, warmth and energy to every situation. A colour that connotes 'get what you pay' philosophy can make or mar a business. Some of the tones of orange such as terra cotta, peach or rust have very broad appeal..
Effect of the colour orange:
- Encourages socialization
- Makes life fast paced
- Energizes you
Allows free thinking
Want to give your rooms a delicate, sophisticated look? Or a colour which boosts your child's creativity and aids concentration?
Purple is what you are looking for. Contrast it with a warm grey and you have a great at combination for the home office.
Deep or bright purples add richness while lighter purples give rooms a more romantic and delicate air. Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool colour it has both warm and cool properties.
Effect of the colour purple:
- Triggers creativity
- Allows free thinking