Colour selection, what is right for your room?
People are different and what may be right for one person is not for the next. Equally all rooms are different and influenced by several factors e.g. natural or artificial light, regular or irregular shape, the purpose of the room, etc.
The right use of paint can create a calming effect, warmth, improve the aspect of a room and sense of size, also providing sophistication, welcoming and spiritual moods. Over doing something though can have detrimental impact.
The paint type is also a consideration, so is it matt, latex, acrylic, durable matt, eggshell, satin or gloss? These will all have an impact on the colour and effect you are trying to achieve.
The following is our rough guide to creating the correct mood or feeling from colours and how a room is decorated.
Reduced Size – Absorbs light draws you in to the room
Increased Size – Reflects light and therefore increases spatial awareness
Warmth – Think of Summer and Autumn Colours
Cold – Clean and Crisp Colours, a Frosty Winters Morning
Sophistication – Do not over use certain colours which should be features or highlights
Spiritual – Religious and healing colours, calming and serenity
Calming – Often associated with holidays, sunny days and nature
The above gives a breakdown of the primary and secondary colour palate but consideration should always be given to the shades and the blend of colours. There are thousands of colours to choose from! Also feature walls in one colour and the rest of the room in another colour can provide a talking point or change the overall aspect of the room. Overdoing certain colours can have a negative impact.
So, consider a large dining room. What might work well is a deep “Red” with “Gold” highlights. This will provide sophistication and warmth but will absorb light, therefore drawing the room in to provide a cosy dining space.
Kitchens will often be painted in clean and bright colours with features highlighted in darker colours but often as a contrast. The use of warm colours may be used to provide a design with the likes of Tuscan red/orange which gives a Mediterranean aspect to the kitchen, whereas whites will provide a modern living space.
Another example might be a bathroom in Blue, Green and White where colours provide clean, calming and cold as a contrast to the environment of heat and steam whilst giving a sense of a larger room.
With Borthwick Decorators we will discuss options, use colour matching, and provide you with the right effect you are looking to create. Why not contact us on 0800 772 3973 or visit our websites www.borthwickdecorators.co.uk or www.furniturepainters.co.uk to see some of our previous projects.