Research reveals all human beings make a subconscious judgment about anything (including your home) within 90 seconds of initial viewing with up to 90% of that assessment is based on color alone.
Your choice of color you choose for any item will create a mood that affects everyone who sees them and this of course is true of your home.
Before you choose any decor wallpaper, carpets, and upholstery curtains or paint you need to consider color theory.
How colors blend or clash and the effects that different Color combinations have can help you construct décor that is pleasing on the eye and can enhance your own mood and that of others.
All this starts with the color wheel which is a fantastic help in putting color combinations together.
The Color Wheel
The visible light spectrum can be broken down into three dominant bands of color called Primary Colors:
They are red, yellow and blue. These colors are unique and cannot be made by a combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from the three primary colors.
The Primary Colors are shown in the color wheel developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.
Why is the color wheel so useful?
Quite simply, it helps you match contrasting colors that are pleasing on the eye.
Color Relationships on the wheel
Look at colors that are adjacent i. e blue and green, these are known as:
Combining harmonious colors together creates a contrast that is visually pleasing.
Are colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel and include green & red, yellow & purple etc
Using two contrasting colors of equal value to decorate can mean you get a very unpleasing look which is messy and not easy on the eye.
It’s best to use a contrasting color in a lighter value or as an accent.
Different light conditions change the appearance of colors and even the relationship between one color and another.
Two colors that match under one light source but appear different under another are called a metameric match.
You need to keep this in mind when the colors in the brightly lit store, look totally different in your dark room at home!
How you see and feel about color is also affected by other colors that surround it.
Your eye judges brightness by comparing the color with its surroundings; purple surrounded by black appears more brilliant and dramatic on the eye than surrounded by white.
Different levels of value and chroma also affect color.
This refers to the lightness or darkness of a color and is achieved by adding white or black, this is also referred to as colors brightness.
This Is the intensity or purity of a color.
A color’s chroma is changed by adding any colors to it (excluding black or white) and this is referred to as saturation.
Choosing main colors
Above is a basic introduction to color matching but you also need consider what main colors to use for rooms and the mood they create.
This is contained in our other articles but we will give one example here.
Lets consider blue.
A very restful color so great for bedrooms but not great for dining areas. Its an appetite suppressant.
We simply don’t associate it with eating (think of how many blue foods you know!) However green is associated with eating and is a better choice.
This is just one example and there are many more.
Use a color wheel
This is a basic introduction to color and matching and it’s very easy if you keep the above points in mind.
Get the colors right and you will have a visually pleasing and welcoming home.
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