Color is a vital element of interior design because it greatly affects the mood and atmosphere of interior spaces. Different colors will definitely evoke different emotions; color can also be utilized to create an array of visual effects.
Some important things to consider when using color in interior design:
- Use a color scheme. A color scheme is a combination of colors that work well together. You can choose between monochromatic color schemes which use different shades of a single color, or complementary color schemes, which use colors that are located opposite each other on the color wheel.
- Consider the function of the room. The purpose of a room should usually be taken into account when choosing its colors. For example, a bedroom typically benefits from softer, calming colors, while a kitchen may be better suited to more energizing and vibrant colors.
- Use accents. Accent colors can be used to add interest and depth to a space; think accent walls or decorative accessories.
- Think about the room’s lighting. The lighting in a room can affect how the colors appear; natural light can make colors appear softer and warmer, while artificial light can make them appear brighter and more intense.
Always consider the overall look and feel you want to create – as well as the function of the space – when choosing colors for interior designs. It’s one of the first things a person notices when entering a room, and has the potential to affect their emotions and sense of well-being.
Do you enjoy playing with color? We recommend both Pantone and Sherwin Williams online for discovering beautiful colors and color schemes for any project.
Coming up next: Contrast.
Have you missed any of the previous articles in this series? Visit our blog to view them all (in addition to our previous design articles).
If you have any questions during the series, please let us know — and if you are in need of interior design assistance in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Images by AHT Interiors.