CT Haringey Dec 2008

Community Times Haringey December 2008

How to choose colour for your home
Most people treat colour with nervousness, which is why they settle for magnolia, the safe option. Have you ever chosen a colour which looks great on the paint chart but looks awful on the walls, well that's because there is a science to choosing colour? The most important thing to take into account is the orientation of the room. North facing rooms have little natural light and require lighter colours which have the warmer hues. South facing rooms are flooded with natural light and this gives you the opportunity to be much more adventurous with colour.

Colours can also be used to create illusion; they can make a room feel smaller or larger, depending on whether they are advancing or receding colours. This is because colours have different wavelengths; those from the red end of the spectrum (red, orange and yellow) have longer wavelengths and make the eye work harder, therefore tend to advance towards you, which is why if you paint a whole room red it will appear smaller. Colours from the violet end of the spectrum (violet, indigo, blue and green) have shorter wavelengths. They are connected with nature; grass, plants, sea and the sky, they are easier on the eye and tend to recede away from you making a room feel larger.

To make your colour scheme work you also need to create the right atmosphere in a room, the following guide will help you make your choice:- Blue focuses and sharpens the mind and has a calming effect. Yellow is emotionally stimulating and energising, great for entertaining spaces.Green is harmonising and healing but don't overdo it. Red can be very energetic and stimulating, ideal for dining rooms. Pink is physically soothing, associated with nurturing and love. Purple through to Lilac tones all add an atmosphere of calm and spirituality. Orange is energising and stimulates the palate, good for a party atmosphere. Turquoise aids communication and well-being. White can be a hard colour to live with, it does not absorb colour energies but reflects them back into the room. Black can act as an energy barrier as it absorbs all colours and puts nothing back into a room. Brown can be similar to black but the hints of yellow and red make it warmer and less suppressive.

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