Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Colors in room decorating. How to choose?

The application of color in any artistic endeavor — including home decorating and furniture selection — can be tricky and sometimes downright frustrating. That’s one way interior designers earn their pay.

Your common sense and experience go a long way while selecting the colors for furniture and rooms, of course. But no matter how good your instincts, it helps to know a bit about how color works.

Here are some tips on selecting colors for furniture, walls, accents — and even the light itself!

1. Some smart furniture shoppers keep a color wheel in their purses. You never know when a professionally designed restaurant, lounge, museum, office or retail store will offer some on-the-spot lessons in color selection. That knowledge can be a big help in dealing with custom furniture craftsmen. (Read our report on color wheels and furniture shopping.)

Color wheel

2. One approach is to begin a room with the rug. Use the dominant color on the rug for your wall paint. Then use a less prominent color on the rug to inform your choice of upholstery.

Design is call 'Strange Angles'

Design is call 'Circles'

3. An area rug can make big changes in color dynamics at a reasonable price point. Be sure to deal with a merchant who allows multiple take-homes or at least workable swatches.

4. A good way to matching existing elements and new purchases is to work with less obvious colors, not the dominant ones of the room or furniture.

Design is call 'Brownie.......'

5. Paint manufacturers and fabric makers often sell sample kits to encourage the proper choices for the home environment. Any store selling high-quality paints should be able to give you an exact match working from a piece of fabric.

Room designed with fabric

6. Try to make your colors “flow” from room to room as you move about. That doesn’t mean contrast is bad, but the rooms should feel as if they come from the same planet!

7. Of course, you could always go with contrast, using upholstery or rugs to dramatize the wall color. The choice of colors should always proceed from your design goals for the room or house.

8. Spot colors (adding accent colors in items such as pillows or candle holders) can be quite effective in making furniture work in a room. Use the color two or three times in order to integrate the piece.

Furniture size and color: The size of furniture has a direct effect on the resulting look and feel of a room. The bigger the piece, the more the visual impact from its upholstery, stain or even accent pillows. Smaller rooms often do better with larger pieces of furniture, such as elegant couches and sofas, in order to cut clutter. But the resulting dominance of your bigger pieces of designer furnishings must be taken into consideration.

The color of light: Remember that colors are sneaky when exposed to different lights. You’ll want to consider how a room subtly shifts its colors as light changes throughout the day. Think of how clothing can look one way in your bedroom and quite another in the bright sunshine.

Your indoor lighting’s “color” is an essential consideration. This refers to how warm or cool the light source appears to be. Yellowish white light is typically warm while blue-white light is cool.

Big windows is good solution for this room. It bring

indoor warm light

View all design elements under your room’s lighting color, if possible. This process can be as complicated as building a light box to carry about while shopping, or as simple as bringing home some fabric

Upholstery texture and color: Texture also plays a role in color appearance. Choosing a flat weave (satins, for example) or a pile weave (velvet) for upholstery, pillows or curtains will have a noticeable effect on how that color plays out in your room.

1 comment:

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