Decorating with colour is one of the most fun and intuitive ways to decorate a home or office space. Colourful decorations, walls, accents, and furniture can work wonders when it comes to cultivating a certain desired vibe in any interior space. Or they can do the opposite and detract from your intended purpose. It all depends on your approach when it comes to designing that particular interior space.
So how do you ascertain what the best approach is, with regards to seeing all your interior design dreams realised? The best way to get started is to consider the room that's about to be decorated, just to see what it has to offer you and your selected design elements. Assessing the room first can help you get a better gauge of where to place before diving in and decorating it improperly.
Common Room Qualities To Consider
What we've learnt over the past decade of being one of Australia's leading online retailers of curtains and blinds, is that each and every room in your home has its own personality, whether you've cultivated one or not. For instance, an office is professional, clean, and sanitary, whilst a kids’ playroom in a large family home is likely to be the exact opposite. Both rooms need curtains and blinds as well as other decor, but both rooms demand a different style with regards to these design elements.
In another light, rooms may beckon different looks or feels based on the space provided. A small home may ask to be decorated in a way that makes the space look bigger (i.e. designing to maximise on your available space), and a big office space may ask to be decorated in a way that makes people feel more comfortable and cosy (i.e. designing to enhance warmth and softer interior elements). Whilst both of these projects are interior design projects, they possess entirely different motivations, and so must be tackled by using different game plans or by paying attention to different design factors, so to speak.
There are many different factors that contribute to a good interior arrangement, but there are two in particular that we'd like to explore in-depth today. Here are two major elements to consider when putting in the work, effort, and money to redecorate a space.
A theme for a space is most often dictated by the colour or colours that that room presents. But what if your room is mostly neutral or colourless? Well, then the sky's the limit, and you can take that room's design into any avenue that you see fit. First, start by introducing colour yourself. In truth, there are many ways to add colour to a room. Will you find inspiration on the web, follow trending designers, or even turn to your own wardrobe for colour ideas? Will you focus on what is already present in the room and build from there, or will you start from scratch and create a bold popping colour scheme with plenty of space for eclectic accents?
It's also worth considering whether you're after a warmer or cooler colour scheme, as your interior's colour scheme may also hold an impact on your mood or even your psychology. You can also base this decision off of the atmosphere that you'd ideally like to cultivate through your design process. Warm colours, such as the reds, oranges, and yellows, are inviting and comfortable. Moreover, these colours are known to induce hunger. Think about walking into a Macca’s. The red and gold arches beckon hunger, so you can create those same feelings in your living room space by painting the kitchen red and adding orange or other warmer toned accent curtains, or vice versa. You do not have to stick with these vibrant shades if you are trying to get away from the Happy Meal vibe, however.
Contrastingly, cool colours, such as the blues and greens, are calming and relaxing, making them the perfect colours for bedrooms and home theatres. Take this gorgeous purple bedroom as a great example of a cool colour scheme doing what it does best.
Lighting and colour go hand-in-hand. How so? When you think about it, a dark room will only become darker with an abundance of deep colours. Conversely, a bright room will become brighter with the addition of lighter colours.
Not only does lighting help show off the room (or does a lack of lighting help to keep it dark), but lighting and the colour choices you use can help trick the mind into seeing that particular interior space differently. For example, if you have a smaller room and want it to appear bigger, you can just use lighter colours. If you were to use dark colours, it would make that room feel more cave-like and smaller. So when it’s time to make that big office space feel more like home, think about using darker shades of colours to break up the big room.
Again, take this open plan dining and living room scene as a perfect example. The lighter toned and natural colour scheme presented in this interior space makes the space feel that much more open and airy. This airy feel is perfectly complimentary to open plan living areas in general.
There are so many ways to think about the impacts that both light and colour hold on any interior space, from the design methods that you use to accentuate certain elements, to the way that that space changes over the course of the day. Just as a room can look entirely different when radiant sunshine is coming in through its sheer curtains, versus when it's illuminated by tealights or a selection of standing lamps, decorating a room is truly so much more than just picking out cool and stylish items. The way you decorate a space can impact the way it feels, the way it looks, and the way it acts.
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