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What the experts say
Creative Director, In-house Interior Designer / James Mayor
Red has been shown to increase hunger, whilst blue is generally perceived to be cold and green is great for blending inside and outside with rooms that face onto a green garden space. These are all reasonably well known facts, but generally the quality of the light is a big contributor to how any colour is perceived and the orientation of the room in terms of what times of day light is received into a room, plays a bigger part on choosing colours that will make the room a comfortable place to be. Calm is best achieved with a more neutral palette, whilst deeper or brighter colours can have a great influence on emotion, lifting or amplifying emotions depending upon the colour selected and the influence of the natural light already present in the room.
Which colours work best together ?
Whilst this is quite subjective question, colours opposite each other on the colour wheel have the greatest contrast and appear to ‘pop’ the most when next to each other. These 3 combinations are red and green, orange and blue and yellow and purple. Colours that have the same underlying base tend to work more subtlely together, e.g. those with a grey based tone, such as grey and blue/grey or grey and grey/green will seem to be the softest when combined.
Any general colour tips?
Many homes now have a more eclectic style of decorating with object from a variety of design styles and eras. It is often effective to choose a lead object to act as the focus for driving colour choices. Whether it is a rug, chair or painting, such a predominant piece will sit best with a colour that highlights its strengths. Equally, if you are working to a specific era or style, most have colours that were used or popular at the time. Mid century for example is very popular and grey, yellow, black and green were all popular colours of the age.
When to use neutral colours & bold colours?
Whilst there are no set rules about the use of colour, in general a rich colour will make a room more intimate (read make it seem a little smaller), whilst a neutral will bounce light around and enhance the space (e.g. make it seem larger). However, if you have high ceilings in a period property, for instance, you can have the best of both worlds by using a picture rail to keep the top half of the room light whilst enjoying a bolder colour elsewhere.