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26/01/2015

Bringing Colour Theory into Everyday Life and Interiors

Bringing colour into the home can be a fun and creative process (image)


Have you ever noticed how throwing on a brightly coloured top or a slick of red lipstick can help cheer you up on a gloomy day? Colour can have a direct impact on our mood, which makes it important to choose the right themes for your interiors. Different colours can evoke specific reactions. For example, painting your kitchen red may cause you to eat more, while painting a child’s room bright yellow can leave him feeling agitated. Take a look at the basics of colour theory and how to use it to brighten up your daily life!


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Colour can really effect your moods (image)


Putting the Colour Wheel to Work

Interior designers use the colour wheel to pick and choose colours that will work well together. It provides a nice visual of the basic colours, and how they blend. One popular way to use the colour wheel is to choose a complementary colour scheme. This involves using two colours that sit across from one another on the wheel, with one acting as the dominant colour and the opposite acting as the accent. This provides a high contrast in your home design. It’s helpful to brush up on your interior design basics to learn the ins and outs of blending colours in a home design scheme. You can study interior design from the comfort of your home with a number of online courses, if you’re new at it.

 

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Colour Theory (image)


Colour Schemes for Different Rooms

Once you’ve taken a look at the colour wheel and how colours can be used to complement and balance one another, the next step is to look at the psychology behind them. Here are a few popular ways to bring living spaces to life with colour.

Kitchen: Warm tones like red and orange can be used to stimulate the appetite, making them popular colours for restaurants. They can also be used at home, but if you’re on a diet use them sparingly! Accent these warm hues with minimalistic splashes of black, white, and grey, to ground the colours and create a functional, cosy space.


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Bold red in the kitchen (image)


Bedrooms: Cooler colours like blue, green, and purple are popular for bedrooms. Green and blue are known to create a sense of peace and calm, which is conducive to a good night of sleep. For children, subtle pink, lavender, and lilac can be good choices as these are also calming tones. Avoid overusing primary colours, particularly bright yellow and red, because these can be too stimulating in the bedroom.

 

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Perfect for a girls bedroom (image)

Living Room: Earth tones like brown and rust provide a grounded, comforting atmosphere in the living room. Accent this with soothing botanical shades of green or warm shades of yellow and orange to create a positive, warm feeling.

 

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Earth tones brings calm into a living space (image)


Bathrooms: It’s hard to beat a clean, white palette for the bathroom. This not only makes a room seem larger, but it creates a feeling of calmness and tranquillity when paired with cooling greens and blues. White reflects the light, for a flattering effect that puts the emphasis on the occupant without a cluttered effect.


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Love this simple bathroom with pops of green (image)


Putting it all Together

You don’t need to completely revamp your property to harness the power of colour theory in your daily life. A cheerful green set of throw pillows can create a soothing effect in your living room, while a fresh coat of white paint will perk up a tired bathroom. Bringing in new colours to your living space can create a more harmonious, comfortable environment for day to day life!

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5 comments:

  1. Really interesting. Our house is ever so slightly white with lots of wood. I'd love to be brave enough to experiment with brighter colours.

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  2. I adore the idea of the patterned stairs, so pretty and bright!

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  3. I could never live with those stairs but the rest looks lovely. I do agree with you on bathrooms, as a child of the 60s I grew up with avocado and raspberry coloured bathrooms, yuck!

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  4. The rooms all look very colourful, I love the stairs!

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  5. omg i actually love those staires how pretty

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