There is a fantastic quote by Fernand Leger, a famous painter, which says “man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water”. It’s a great quote, and one that rings very true indeed as a life without colour seems almost impossible these days. But why the obsession with colours? Why not just have a plain black and white home? Well, have you ever seen a home with no colour? It doesn’t really feel much like a home, more of a show room. If that’s what you’re into then great, but many of us feel like colour brings life.
The reason we feel this is because colours can make us feel various kinds of emotion. It’s all to do with psychology and how we perceive certain colours. For example, having the colour yellow in a room and convey emotions such as happiness, energy and youth (because it is light in colour and light reflects well of off it). Blue, on the other hand, conveys harmony, imagination and tranquillity (because when light shines off of it it creates an almost ocean like feel). Having colours in certain orders can also make a room look a lot better, certain colour combinations work extremely well together (as you can see in the colour relationships section of the infographic below).
Getting the balance right, in the home, is important as many will spend a lot of their time here after work. You want a home that makes you feel relaxed, comfortable and happy. You could call on an interior designer to help you out, as they are highly trained to help you get exactly what you want from your home (in many ways). However, interior designers can be quite costly, so for now you can simply refer to the statistics and advice given in the below graphic. The image shows the anatomy of colour so you can understand various hues, tints, shades and tones. Funnily enough these are all different and work in different ways.
So where do you start? Well I would suggest starting with your living room as this is where you and any guests will be spending most of your time. You’ll want to have a feature wall that has a bold and vivid colour with all other walls painted in a pastel or other pale colour. Your feature wall needs to be the centrepiece of your room, so it’s common to use this wall to display artwork or have a television fitted on a wall bracket. Try not to cover this wall up with too much as you want to still be able to see the colour behind. You can get a rough idea of all your rooms and the colours you should use in them in the “colour your home” section in the below image.