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Maintain class with colour

Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Property Team

Colour is an international visual language understood by all so when you’re trying to communicate or transmit something through interior design, there’s no better way to do it than through colour

You need to understand how colours behave, how they change their character and how they influence our mood. All colours change their character when lightness and saturation are modified so it’s not enough to pick a colour for a certain interior design element because you also need to pick a shade. The colours you use in your interior have an impact on the atmosphere you create and you need to correctly assess what this ambiance should be before you choose the colours.

Colour schemes should be chosen according to the theme of the house, if any, climatic conditions, size of the room and light that comes in the room. All of these factors play an important role. If there is any specific theme in mind, for instance black and white with red accents, then take into consideration the type of fabric used for curtains and upholstery. Natural fabrics score over man-made fibres for their ability to breathe, and feel cool to the touch. Man-made fibres have the advantage of longevity and are appreciably cheaper than the natural equivalent. Prints of fabrics such as stripes, plaids, floral or checks can be used as single or mix-and-match according to your preference. Solid colours or neutrals go well with patterns.

Colour Speaks
For large rooms, choose multi-coloured upholstery, bed linens and coverings, wallpaper and window curtains with a large-scale print. Contrasts of mid-scale and small-scale prints look good too. A word of caution here would be to play with either colour or print or texture.

Interior designer Ajit Sawant says “Walls could be painted or even papered, as this option is once again gaining ground. The trend these days is to go in for two or three different colours on the walls of a single room, but monochromatic walls can be made to look beautiful with accents in two or three complementary or contrasting colours. The detailing of cornices or window frames can be highlighted if desired, to add interest in the room. Painting them in contrasting colours can highlight attractive architectural elements such as trims and moldings.”

Stick to less than three colours, prints or textures in a small room and keep your decorating muted for serenity. If another room is visible through the room, try to create a harmony between their colours. Areas can be defined in a very large room with subtle changes in the colour of walls. White walls can be a good backdrop for your artwork. In any case light and cool colours seem to add space to the room while warm and dark colours shrink it and make them look cozy.

Room matters
Colour trends keep changing, so it may be wiser to opt for a classic palette appropriate for the size, comfort level and function of the room, and then experiment with furnishing and accessories, which in any case constantly need updating and change.

The direction in which the room is located within the home and that of the windows of the room determines the amount of sunlight that comes into the room and at what time. A window in the east brings in not-so-intense morning rays. This room could be used for morning activities, and colours used could be in the mid range – for instance a leaf green or even a peach to make the most of the natural light. Very dark or very light colours will tend to look either too heavy or washed out, as the case may be.

The one thing to keep in mind while choosing colours is that all members of the family are comfortable with the shades as all of them have to live with these colours in close proximity.

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