Colour Choice and Design Colour in architecture serves both a functional and an aesthetic purpose. Besides form and material, colour is one of the essential components of the buildings surrounding us.
Colour your mood
Without a doubt there is a psychology of colour. Colour impacts our mood, appetite and energy level. Years of colour response research have shown that certain colours elicit specific, and often strong response.
Colours in the red, orange and yellow families are referred to as warm colours since they evoke image associated with heat, like fire or sunshine. As a result they make us feel warm and cozy in a psychological sense.
Blues, greens and violets are considered cool colours because of the references of pastoral landscapes and ocean vistas. When we look at these colours they elicit feelings of peace, tranquility and relaxation.
Neutral colours are those that have started in either the warm or cool category but have been toned down to the point that they are mostly gray, beige, taupe, white or black. These colours tend to be very soothing and restful to the eye. These colour combinations blend with environment create a softer, contemporary and classic feel.
There are three main ways of combining your decorating colours. The colour wheel is helpful for colour combination. Blending colour schemes are based on shades of one colour. Choose them for a restful and relaxing feel. Harmonious schemes are based on the use of adjacent colours on the wheel. Warm schemes give a cozy feel to the room while cool ones have the effect of opening up a space. Complementary schemes are based on colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel and are used to create a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere.