Colours Insperation

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One of the most frequent questions I get on my blog, FB page or even when chatting with friends and potential clients is:

                                                              “How do I choose the optimum colour scheme for my room renovation?”

                                                                                   ” What is the trendy colours of the season?”

This is a very subjective mater and it can differ from one designer to another. I don’t believe that there is one or two trendy colours agreed upon by all designers in the world for each season. So liberate your imagination and embrace endless choices of colour combinations to reflect your personal taste. However, there are some guidelines and inspirational tips that can help you decide on which colours suites you best;

 

1. Size of the room: We know for a fact that when painting walls with dark colours, can make spaces look smaller (if used on all four walls of the room) and narrower (if used on two opposite sides of the room). On the other hand, light colours make rooms look more spacious. consequently, we need to know what effect we would like to achieve in the room of interest. 

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2. Amount of natural light in the room: Natural light has a great impact on the appearance of the colours used in a room, and this should be taken into account when choosing paint or furnature colours. For example, if we choose a dark shade of grey for the upholstery fabric of a sofa, in a poorly lit room then we most probably will end up with a sofa closer to black in colour.    

 

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3. Function of the room and the psychological effect of colours: It is recommended to search for the right colour that can serve the purpose of the room in the best way. for example the colour orange, is exciting, cheerful and provoking therefore it is not recommended for clinics or hospitals’ waiting rooms where people are generally anxious and uncomfortable. Whereas, the same orange colour can have a positive impact when applied in living rooms, kitchens, or restaurants.    

 

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4. Style used for the room design: There are some colours and even more a specific TINTS and SHADES to be used with certain design styles; for example, when choosing the Scandinavian style, we will be looking for very light tints and neutral colours of greys, blues, browns. While if we attempt to create an Oriental style, then we will see much more vibrant colours or red, orange, yellow and green and blue.

 

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5. Who uses the room: This is a very critical point as we must make sure all regular users of the space are happy with the colour scheme and that there is nothing provocative in it. Let’s face it, if it is a bedroom for a couple, we cannot choose a colour when one of them hates it!

 

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Photo credit to Dawn Black Photography

 

 

Colour inspirations are surprisingly not that complicated; they can come from your favourite painting that you want to hang in the room, a traditional rug that to be laid on the floor, a throw to be put on a bed or a chair; pieces that you might already possess, or want to have for you renovated room.

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Inspiration could also come from surrounding nature, seen through the room’s window. You can use the colour of the trees or flowers, sands or rocks, sea or forest to be the starting point of your colour scheme.

Choosing and combining colours when designing is a very sensitive and critical process, that need the right knowledge,the experienced eyes to weight, judge and pick the right shades and tints of each colour.

 

I hope you found the article useful, please feel free to comment or ask questions.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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