As a part of our month dedicated to articles about decorating the kids room, we are stressing the importance of colour choice. This is the most important part to decorating any room including a child’s bedroom, and we thought it would be good to include an article on colour choice for interiors.
You can have the most sumptuous fabrics, lighting and furnishings, but if you can’t get the colour right, your whole interior design scheme will turn into a disaster.
Colour is a very personal thing, so make sure you do your interior design in colours your child loves and want to be surrounded by. There are then some easy rules for getting the most out of your choice of color.
Once you know and understand these colour rules – you will have no problem creating interior design colour schemes that work.
Understanding the Interior Design Color Wheel
All colour is made up from 3 colors – the primary colours – red, yellow and blue. Any colour you see will be made up of different combinations of red, yellow and blue.
Equal amounts of any 2 of the primary colours creates the secondary colours – so, blue and yellow create green – blue and red create violet (purple) – yellow and red create orange.
Then, if equal amounts of a primary colour and an adjoining secondary colour are mixed, they will create a tertiary colour.So, if red is added to orange – ‘red-orange’ is produced (positioned between red and orange on the colour wheel).And, if yellow is added to orange – ‘yellow-orange’ is produced (positioned between yellow and orange on the colour wheel).We can see how, in this way, the whole basic interior design colour wheel builds up.
- Warm colours are on the red/orange side of the colour wheel – from red-violet (a little to the purple side of primary red) right the way through to yellow-green (a little to the green side of primary yellow).Warm colours tend to be used in large spaces, and make a room feel smaller and more cosy.
- Cool colours are on the blue side of the colour wheel – from pure violet, through to pure green.Cool colours tend to be used more when decorating in small spaces. they make a room feel larger, more spacious, relaxing, but ‘cooler’.
A full colour wheel contains many different color combinations. It also includes all the different tones of each colour (how light or dark a colour is).A colour with white added is called a tint.A colour with black added is called a shade.
An RGB colour wheel is used for computer design – it is based on the light spectrum (rather than paint colors) – which is used for creating colors on VDUs, TVs and computer monitors. The light spectrum has red, green and blue as it’s primary colours (not red, yellow and blue – like we are interested in) – so avoid this, unless you want some very odd results.
Top tips for Decorating With Colour:
- Decorate in a monochromatic colour scheme. This means using one colour, with its shades and tints, to create a scheme.
- Use a harmonious scheme. This means using similar colours in your scheme. Use colours which are next to (or very near to)each other on your colour wheel. An example of this is to use a scheme made up of oranges and yellows, or one made up of blues and purples.
- Probably the most exciting and dramatic type of interior design color scheme is a Complementary color scheme. This uses contrasting colors, that work well together – note the ‘contrasting’ – not clashing! For this, colors are chosen which are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Try red and green, or blue and orange, or yellow and purple.