Design and Color

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Finding a Color Scheme

If you feel helpless when it comes to picking and blending colors, your answer could be as far away as your nearest pillow.  Here is a quick way to create a color scheme for your home with PICK – SEE – LMD .

PICK a Pattern: Starting with a pattern is the easiest way to create a color palette for your decor. Choose a pattern from any object you already have and love such as a pillow, picture or piece of furniture. This will be your color palette !

SEE 3 Colors: Select a light, medium and dark color from your pattern to be used as your foundation. You may want to go to a hardware store and select color chips from the paint department that match your pattern to carry with you in case you come across a great find and need to know if it matches.

LMD: Light, Medium and Dark – How you use these colors can affect the overall appearance of your room.

  • Light- Is the Background- this is usually easy to achieve since most rentals are equipped with light to off-white walls.
  • Medium- Large furniture and windows - Since the color of these objects will blend with the above lighter selection, the medium furniture will ground the room and give it a foundation.
  • Darker- Accessories. Since your eye is drawn to a darker more intense color you will be able to arrange you accessories in a manner to guide the eye flowing through your room.

PICK – SEE – LMD  Use it whenever you are trying to pull together a color coordinated room!

By Tammy Jo Schoppet

Choosing Color

Choosing the right colors is the first step to great interior design. It is not so easy to select the right color of paint or wallpaper or the right carpet color to deliver the desired results. All too often, a color that looks ideal on a small paint sample erupts into a different color when you apply it to a wall. A subdued light champagne yellow paint color turns into a screeching sour lemon yellow on the walls, an olive carpet winds up brown, and a very light tint of any paint color turns out white.  Interior design colors in an office space must also be mindful of the mood they will convey.  Some studies have shown that colors can play a significant role in how we feel and the energy we have.

 Factors Influencing the Use of Color

Here are some factors influencing the use of color in space design:

  • The time of day the area will be used the most
  • The type of light it will receive
  • The relation of colors surrounding it
  • The size of the area
  • The purpose of the space

Color and light go hand in hand in interior designing. Each type of light bulb furnishes a different color accentuation.  Halogen is very close to the full spectrum of sunlight while incandescent lamps are on the warm, orange scale.  Fluorescent lamps are usually more blue (though some are called full-spectrum). It is important to see your color choice in the lamps to be used.  Each will show the color in a different way.

 Three Basic Elements

Here are the three basic elements to color and interior design:

  • Hue – the color itself – Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, etc.
  • Value – the relative lightness or darkness of a color, whiteness or blackness.
  • Intensity – the saturation or brightness of a color.

The mixture of these design elements induces psychological and emotional reactions.  Surrounding colors support various moods and activities, from resting and dreaming to socializing and working.  It’s best to consider carefully the requirements of the space to create a successful interior design.

 General Categories of Color

Colors fall into three general categories:

  • Warm
  • Cool
  • Neutral

The way we mix those colors along with attention to value, can enhance the use of color in interior design and communicate explicit messages.  Warm colors in interior design convey excitement and energy.  Cool colors are calming and relaxing.  Neutral colors are unifying and help us to focus better.  Different spaces within a home or office may need different colors depending on the purpose of the space.  Interior design colors in office design can be essential to the image and mood that is created thus helping productivity and enriching aesthetics.

The Psychology of Color

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Color Psychology

When selecting interior paint colors, it is important to consider the emotional effects of the chosen color design. Color psychology is the examination of colors and their influences on mental and physical states. While many interior designers utilize principles of color psychology when working with clients, there are also color consultants who specialize in color matching and the selection of interior paint colors.

The Mind and Color

Because it is a fairly new area of investigation, color psychology is looked at with some hesitation by the majority of psychologists. This is often because cultures around the world can have conflicting meanings for the same colors. However, ancient cultures such as the Chinese and Egyptians did believe in the healing powers of color and their effects on well-being.

Color consultants have also observed emotional reactions to colors in addition to physical responses. Because of these effects, color consultants feel that interior paint colors can have a considerable influence on the inhabitants of any space. The process of color matching based on each client’s situation will result in custom combinations of interior paint colors.

The basic categories used by color consultants include:

* Warm colors – red, orange, and yellow.
* Cool colors – blue, green, and violet.
* Neutral colors – white, black, and gray.

The Effects of Color

As color consultants analyze a client’s personal interior design style, there are specific criteria that are used to ensure proper color matching for each client’s needs. Here are some of the commonly accepted mental and physical connotations of interior paint colors:

Red
* Positive – passion, love, excitement, fire, strength, courage.
* Negative – anger, war, danger.
* Effects – increased respiration, blood pressure, appetite, and metabolism.

Orange
* Positive – happiness, endurance, stimulation, enthusiasm, determination, attraction.
* Negative – heat.
* Effects – increased mental activity, appetite, and energy.

Yellow
* Positive – cheerfulness, sunshine, energy, joy, intelligence, honor.
* Negative – deception, cowardice, caution.
* Effects – increased mental activity, awareness, and energy.

Blue
* Positive – tranquility, loyalty, truth, depth, confidence, trust, sincerity, expertise, masculinity.
* Negative – depression, solemnity, coldness.
* Effects – increased calm and satisfaction.

Green
* Positive – safety, nature, restfulness, growth, fertility, harmony, newness, security, money.
* Negative – greed, envy, jealousy, ignorance.
* Effects – improved healing and relaxation.

Violet
* Positive – power, wealth, dignity, royalty, luxury, magic, wisdom, drama, mystery, ambition, creativity, femininity.
* Negative – snobbery, gloominess.
* Effects – increased creativity and intuition.

White
* Positive – cleanliness, innocence, purity, kindness, light, simplicity.
* Negative – chilliness, sterility, emptiness.
* Effects – increased sense of sophistication and sanitation.

Black
* Positive – formality, night, elegance, mystery, prestige, power.
* Negative – evil, death, fear, grief, depression.
* Effects – increased sense of sophistication and depth.

Gray
* Positive – wisdom, atonement, intelligence, industry, futuristic.
* Negative – dreariness, storminess, boredom.
* Effects – increased sense of sophistication and calm.

2007 Color Trends

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Color Trends from 2007

The hip tones of the 2007 color scheme will keep you at the forefront of style and design. From paint colors to fabrics, these hot hues will be seen in the color palettes of both residential and commercial spaces. The eclectic vibe of this year’s colors range from comforting to exciting.

Soothing Nature
“Our members specify color for everything from Cadillacs to Kleenex boxes,” says Jaime Stephens, executive director of Color Marketing Group, “and they tell us that the mainstreaming of environmentalism is the key to next year’s colors.”

With the current spotlight on environmental issues and green design, nature is definitely the inspiration for 2007 color schemes. Subtle botanical hues of green and yellow will be fashionable, along with blue tones inspired by sea, sky, and water. Other stylish down-to-earth colors include neutral beige and tan as seen in rocks, sand, and stones. The medium to dark brown shades from tree bark and soil will also add an earthy touch to décor.

Retro modern fashion designer, James Coviello fancies a natural color palette in his current line. “Pea green – I can see it very clearly since it is the color of the dining room in my country house. Ebonized furniture and gift accessories with accents of lavender lilacs highlight this color to perfection.”

Spicy and Exotic
Going global is another trend for 2007 color schemes and includes color palettes from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In particular, the rich colors of Morocco, India, China, Spain, and Portugal are sources of these trends. Many of their exotic hue combinations are inspired by ethnic textiles like fabric and rugs as well as handicrafts. These artisan items yield fiery colors such as rich reds and warm oranges which are two of the dominant global colors this year.

“Multiethnic influences have empowered people to use much more complex colors together,” says Leatrice Eiseman, color consultant, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, and author of More Alive with Color. “You might look at two strong colors and think they don’t belong together, but when you see them in the context of an ethnic print, they work.”

Opposites Attract
Striking color contrasts are an additional 2007 color scheme. The drama of a classic black and white color palette can be seen in the graphic patterns of modern fabric and accessories. A twist on this contrast is the use of bold and saturated hues balanced with pale, whitish colors. Playing into this trend of colors that pop are retro design looks from the 1950′s to the 1980′s.

Japanese fashion designer, Akiko Ogawa, says that the contrasting colors of her spring 2007 line would transform into “cobalt blue matched with bright white and soft pink for a bedroom.”

Sources:

* Color Marketing
* Designer Paint Colors
* Sherwin Williams Color Trends