Monday, March 26, 2012

The Importance of Color in Interior Design

If you've ever dipped your toes into the world of interior design, you've probably quickly become overwhelmed by all the different concepts from decorative accessories to visual texture, incorporating balance and of course, let's not forget color. So why is color so important in interior design, especially when there are a number of elements that need to be incorporated into the mix?

Warm or Cool?

The color tones that you choose for your color palette will affect not only your interior design, but also your mood in the long run. With that in mind, don't forget that you can swap out colors relatively easily to create new looks if you decide that the current look isn't working for you.

That being said, there are two types of colors you can choose for your space: warm or cool. Cooler tones typically go one of three ways: they can be refreshing, they can be soothing or they can be stark, sterile and cold. In interior design, if you're looking to create a refreshing space you might choose a crisp and refreshing green or a refreshing gray. On the other hand, if you're looking to create a space that is more soothing, you may be more drawn to cool tones such as a soft blue. For stark color palettes, many people agree that too much white is the quickest way to this look.

This same concept also applies to warm color tones such as reds, yellows and oranges but also browns. These hues can stimulate and excite, but they can also comfort. For example, if you're looking for an energizing look for your interior design, you might choose a shade of yellow. If you're looking to create a more comfortable look, you might choose a warm shade of brown. Color affects our moods, making it extremely important for interior design.

Color is Everywhere

Of course, it goes without saying that color affects each and every single item that you choose for your space. This includes not only your paint, but also your flooring choices, your furniture, your wall art, your various knick knacks: vases, table lamps, wall clocks, even the books on your shelves!

It goes without saying that we are unaware of how much of an influence that color really has on us, not just in interior design, but also in our every day lives.


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