When it comes to designing a space, there are important elements that an interior designer has to keep in mind, to create a successful and well balanced interior scheme. When elements are overlooked, any effort that is put into designing go futile and it creates nothing but chaos.
Colour is one of the most important design elements, and we realize that most of the times, colour combinations are often ignored when executing spaces. Choosing an appropriate colour palette is very important. Today, in a fast moving world, most people prefer simple but stylish combinations that are easy on the eyes. Let us look into the importance of having an appropriate colour combination.
Why is it important for an interior designer to choose the right colour scheme?
Affects moods, emotions and defines personality
Psychological research reveals that colours have an immense impact on the moods and behavior of an individual. Therefore, the colours chosen, will evoke emotions and reflect upon the personality and taste of the individual. Colours also tend to impact functional performance of a person. Certain colours stimulate, boost energy levels and increase metabolism while others encourage serenity and calmness. An interior designer, should discuss this with the home owner, and get detailed information of every individual in the house before design and colour execution.
Defines a space
Colours tend to change the perception of interior spaces and reflect upon how it looks in the end. It creates an illusion of the space. Lighter and cooler shades in a room makes it look more spacious and bright, while dark, warm colours can make the room look small. If you want to give an intimate, dramatic touch to a wide area, then add a dark hue. Colours also impacts the room atmosphere. For example, a bedroom requires a peaceful and serene aura, so you can opt for calm and cool shades. Of course, at times you can bend the rules, but need to ensure that it is not over or under stimulating.
Creates balance, contrast and harmony
An interior designer uses colour to introduce a visual stability in a room. A well balanced and harmonious scheme can include pairing of warm and cool tones solely or combining it with neutrals. Neutral colours help to add balance and harmonizes the space by creating a seamless flow from room to room. Pairing up a neutral with a dark shade, using opposite colours of the wheel or placing two shades with high and low value next to each other can introduce a contrast. Sometimes people paint their walls in a neutral shade and introduce a contrast by using colourful upholstery or varied element.
Enhances the overall aesthetics
We all know that there is no design without colour. But what makes a house stand out is the clever and tasteful application of colours. Colour schemes immensely contribute to the overall design aesthetic. An interior designer’s role is to ensure that colours are applied in a way that is visually appealing to every individual. For example, a white and black contrasting scheme can infuse sophistication and dynamism into a space whereas shades of beige, creams and browns will help create a rich and warm ambience.
Things an Interior designer should keep in mind before discussing colour options with the clients
Size – the size of the space really does matter, a small space means, you need lighter shades to make it look visually big and bright. Or a darker shade can be incorporated into a wide space to add depth and character.
Amount of sunlight – the direction and amount of sunlight that reflects into the space affects the colour scheme. If there is not much sunlight, then opt for neutrals or light shades.
Purpose of the space – functionality of a space is important when selecting colours, an interior designer needs to figure out the purpose and requirement of each room before planning out. A nursery colour will sometimes differ from the colour of the dining area or kitchen.
Furniture and styles – the furniture and interior style play a significant role. Different styles have different colour palettes. A rustic style colour palette will differ from a modern or Bohemian. Likewise, furniture material and upholstery colours need to be on par with the wall colours.
Colours, when combined elegantly, can add value and character to an interior space. The colours that you choose and the space that you create should reflect your personality, as well as create an inviting and homely ambience for your guests.