In our March newsletter we promised to address some of the most common design blunders, misconceptions, and hang-ups. It wasn’t hard to come up with a list of ideas but rather hard to narrow it down! Turns out, clients time and again have a hard time picking, choosing, and using color and prints in their home. Often you see our before photos are either white rooms with minimal color and print or too much print. For now, let’s focus on color!
Color Psychology 101
Everyone has heard red makes you angry and blue calms you down but there is a lot more too it. The primary colors red, yellow, and blue are seldomly used in their purest form. Primary red can be perceived as aggressive, primary blue is the calmest of the three colors, and primary yellow really is the color of energy.
Color Mixing 101
Often, we need the secondary colors orange, green, and violet to create the six tertiary colors (colors created when combining primary and secondary colors) that are most often used in interior design. From there, we need white and black to tint, tone, or shade. White tints, black and white together tone, and black shades.
Interior design is all about mixing color and creating color schemes. Designers know what colors are considered “classically complementary”, as in opposite on the color wheel but also have a deep, instinctual feel for what color combinations will work in a space.
We love creating monochromatic rooms with small bursts of color. The idea is a hallmark, fundamental element of design. Many sleek rooms are built from a single color and accentuated through accessories, art, and special fabrics.
Another thing to consider is how spaces flow with one another. You can be bold and have one red room, one blue room, and so forth but often we find it is best to create a general color story for your house. Most homes we see (or design!) are open floor plan. It is generally best to consider the house as a whole rather than in segments.
Mixing bold colors can be daunting but pulling it off can have big design impact. The key is to let each bold color balance the other. Scale and furniture placement are important to consider as they will shape the way the color is perceived!
Lastly, never underestimate the power of art in interior design. Sometimes it is best to simply create an environment for the canvases to take center stage.
Stay tuned to next week when we get into Ides of design, prints addition!