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06 June 2006 :: 11:06:40 am 22505

Interior Design: Colour Choice

Colours reveal your inner self. Explore your colour combinations The latest fad is design-democratisation; women’s magazines are breaking away local and international gossip to run issues dedicated solely to interior fashions.
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The modern world is in the throes of a collective lust for design. And while we don’t all want to actually do it ourselves, we do want our homes to reflect ourselves. We want people to walk in and have a sense of who we are and what we’re about. And the easiest way to get these ideas across is the one we seem to have the biggest problem with: colour. But finding and living with colours we really love can be easy and even fun., We all co-ordinate colour everyday, but it pays to get a little information and instruction.

Step 1: Getting to Know Yourself
The link between our personalities and colour preferences is confused and confusing. Colour confusion starts with information overload, trends get in the way of what we know we like, and trying to fit colours in with existing furniture, cabinetry, floors or woodwork makes it all even more complex.
Latest trends cut straight to the chase by creating an individual colour profile based on that person’s psychological and behavioural make-up. This provides meaning and inspires confidence in their colour decisions.

  Your answers to seven questions determine your personality and related colour preferences. Would you rather holiday on a boat, a beach, or Chiang Mai? Do you prefer the taste of cakes, blueberries, peppers? How would your friends describe you? Your result shows a series of colours that work together. There’s also the Dewey Colour System. Choose your favourite and least favourite colours and the System uses your choices to determine your personality. Are you a Giver, a Truth Seeker, maybe a Forecaster? Dewey provides colour palettes for every personality.

Step 2: Hangovers From The Past
Armed with a series of palettes that suit your style, you’re ready for the next step toward colour commitment, blending what you like with what you have. Take a good look at your “unchangeables. Of course your woodwork is brown, a neutral, but really look hard. Can you see red, orange? Call the wenge floor black. As for the sofa, blue is blue, work from there. Check your palettes to see which colours look best with the colours you notice.

Step 3: Is this Colour Right for You?
It’s difficult to use a tiny paint chip and really envisage what an entire room will look like. Colours look different as a day progresses and lighting changes. To see it all before you commit, consider buying some paint samples of colours you’re seriously considering. Various suppliers feature paint programs on their websites that allow you to choose from their palettes and paint walls on pictures they provide. It’s a great way to see how the colours you choose for walls, trim and accents work together on the different surfaces. When using these though, have the actual paint chips or samples as a reference, as the colour shown on your monitor will vary from the actual colour.

Step 4: Colours Deceive
In most relationships, deceit is right up there with cheating, not so in a love affair with colour. Use the deception colours tell to cover up architectural oddities or highlight attractions. Intuitively choose the colour to which you feel most attracted.

Step 5: You Deserve the Best
Shop at different manufacturers for colours and inspiration, but when it comes to buying the paint, make sure you go to a high-class manufacturer. With everything you go through finding “the one”, leaving the paint quality to chance just doesn’t make sense.
The best paint tip is don’t be cheap. Whether it’s on a brush or the paint, this is one instance when cost really does equate to quality.

  There are several grades of acrylic but on a paint can, they all have the same labels, the same language. So although the labels read the same, the cans may contain paint of totally different quality. Always go with the good stuff, and that means the more expensive option. But worth it in the long run.

  When you skimp on paint, it‘s harder to make the finished product look good when applying it. You may end up going through so much to get proper coverage that you would have done better to have bought the more expensive paint in the first place. Some paints are so cheap they come off on clothes, others come off when you go to clean dirt off the wall. With more expensive, better quality paints this wont happen.
Remember, a paint company can take a paint chip colour from another company and reproduce it using their own paints. So if you find the perfect colour from one company but you prefer another brand, it’s very easy to have it made.

Let’s have a look at what colours tell you.

White: the colour of ultimate freedom, truth, goodness, purity, innocence. It’s soothing and relaxing and purifies the intellect and emotions

Purple: This colour has calming effect on all levels, regulates extreme sexual desire and brings deep sleep.

Violet: brings inner peace, balances the mind in cases of mental disorder, increases intuition, inspiration and imagination and deepens sensitivity.

Indigo: successfully calms and balances the mind, removing stress and tension.

Blue: the coldest, purest and deepest colour, therefore it has a sedative, calming effect and helps to fight insomnia and moodiness.

Turquoise: the effective, refreshing colour, use it to prevent being tired and worn-out.

Green: has the most calming and harmonising effect of all the colours. Recommended for all rooms where people relax, where they need to gain energy and feel comfortable.

Yellow-green is a mixture of green and yellow. Yellow-green brings feelings of pure joy, energy and understanding for the needs of others.

Yellow: a shining, bold colour has great effect for those who have a problem waking up in the morning. Choose yellow tiles for your bathroom or yellow accessories (towels, mats, pictures).

Orange: youth, perfect health, energy, courage, and spontaneity. Orange is highly expansive and warm. Don’t use orange if you want to relax, feel restless or have problems with insomnia i.e. avoid orange in bedroom.

Apricot: Use this soft, warm colour when you have a problem accepting changes and releasing the past. Apricot has positive effects – heals and rejuvenates. Apricot gives abundance of optimistic energy, but in softer way than bold orange.

Red: use this colour when you need to activate your life energy and sexual problems. Be careful, though, it’s very powerful and stimulating.

Pink: brings inner peace, openness to friendship and forgiveness.

Brown is the colour of nature, , practicality and work, it brings feelings of security, stability and connection with cycles of nature. The best brown is in the form of natural wood.

Grey: increases the ability to judge, to decide, therefore is often used in working places and offices.
So now you’ve got some ideas. Go out and experiment.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Lifestyle

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