Colors play a big part in the way a room feels; whether you want calm and relaxing or vibrant and energetic. This article will give you a basic understanding of creating a color scheme for any design project you embark on and explain concepts like shades, tints, and temperature so be sure to bookmark it for future reference.
Understanding basic color theory will help outside of interior design like choosing a top-notch outfit for that special occasion or drawing the eyes of people from their feed to your ad online.
It all starts with the color wheel — invented by Sir Isaac Newton — which illustrates the different relationships between colors. This will help you create a color scheme for your new bathroom, kitchen, or living room.
The colors on the wheel are placed purposefully so you can quickly see the interactions between different colors. Here’s the breakdown:
The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. These colors are the foundation for the rest of the colors and can’t be created by mixing other colors on the wheel.
The secondary colors are orange, green and violet. You can create these colors by mixing two primary colors like mixing red and yellow to make orange.
The tertiary colors are created by mixing the primary colors and secondary colors.
Black and white are neutral colors and are used to change any of the 12 colors. Adding black to a color makes it darker and creates a shade of the color. Adding white to a color makes it lighter and creates a tintof the color. Adding black and white — which makes gray — makes it slightly darker which creates a tone of the color.
Warm colors are the shades of red and yellow. Like the heat from the sun or the warmth of a fireplace these vibrant colors evoke energy and passion. They make the space of a room seem smaller than it is so you wouldn’t want to use warm colors in a small room. Warm colors are the perfect choice for a child’s playroom or making a big living room feel cozy.
Cool colors are the shades of blue and green. Like the blue sky or the luscious grass in a field they are calming, relaxing and refreshing. They also make the space of a room seem bigger so using them in small rooms is ideal. Cool colors would be a great choice for a relaxing study or making your bathroom look more spacious.
As with most interior design concepts, you want to have balance. So, once you pick whether you want warm or cool colors to dominate the space then include some of the other type for contrast.
It’s proven that colors affect how we feel just like a certain smell takes us back to a fond childhood memory. Putting some thought into the colors of your design project can make you a happier person.
Now that you have a basic understanding of color theory and the color wheel, look forward to the next edition of Interiors Insider that will go over specific color schemes in detail with picture-examples.