The Characteristics of Color
in Home Decorating
Light and energy: that is what color
comprises! While transforming the world, it affects us deeply and impacts our
outlook on life. Color constantly changes. It is altered in different types of
light. It is altered at different times of the day. Its intensity changes when
it is seen next to other elements, such as metal, stone, wood, fabric. It is
affected by where you live, whether you are at the beach, in the desert, in a
metropolitan city or out in a field. It is affected by the environment in its
intensity and appearance.
For this reason, architects are particularly sensitive to the affects that
geography, climate and the cast light from the sun has on color. In an effort
to help you think beyond just the colors you like, think about color in the
context of your home's style and your location. Learn to balance the colors in
each room with nature. Think about the intensity and the light available in
each room throughout the day and in the changing seasons.
When you want to achieve an appealing environment, color is the least costly
way to transform a room, and at the same time, it is the single most important
influence. Strong, personalized color choices will make your home more
personable and easier for you to include art into your home. Art will then take
your home from mediocre to spectacular.
Here are some common associations of basic colors which will help you tap into
the historical wisdom. This should help you enrich your color palette. Bear in
mind, however, that the subtle variations of each hue will deepen or lessen its
influence on the atmosphere and mood of each room.
Make your entry stand out! Try to choose pieces that are unique, have a colorful and
artistic flavor. This will make your home really personable, unexpectedly
interesting and make you the envy of all your friends and family. Spend a
little more. Over time it is well worth the investment.
Use the unique architectural elements already in your home to your advantage.
Play off of the colors that are natural to the environment. This is yet another
way to bring the outdoors inside and create harmony with nature.
Common Associations of Colors
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