Finding your colour quotient – Contributed article
Have you ever wondered why you never find people using blue in a kitchen? Did you notice that generally people gravitate towards certain colours according to the mood they are in, or would like to be in? We choose the colours in our home based on our notions of the mood that a particular colour combination will create in a room. The more open we are about out own preferences, the more defined the choice of colours in our homes will tend to be.
Colours can affect your mood from the moment you step into your home, so if you attempt to create different spaces you could always find some part of your home that would perfectly complement your mood on any given day.
Getting back to why we rarely see blue in kitchens, especially in India,I think perhaps one of the reasons could be that it is a cold colour and by consequence reduces the appetite. Interestingly, we do not food that is blue—-blue and black are more signs of decay or toxicity in food, which is perhaps why we do not associate this colour with kitchens. But blue is an ideal colour for bedrooms. Especially is you are looking for peace and tranquillity and there is a lot of natural light coming into the room. The colour is believed to increase a person’s level of productivity and perhaps that is why boys tend to be more active in rooms that are blue!!! To keep a room cool and contemporary offset the blue with pale grey, metallic silver and white. To make it warmer bring in tones of gold and beige. The particular shade of blue would affect your mood differently. An aqua is quite a different mood setter from a midnight blue.
Warm colours that suggest cosiness, abundance and comfort and commonly used in dining rooms, kitchens and entrances. Red, the colour of vitality and passion is a great accent and creates an element of drama wherever you find it. Used in the right proportion it brings a surge of energy into a space. It may be too overpowering for a bedroom, but the deeper tones of claret or the softer ones in rose and peach work well for sleeping areas. Pink the colour of femininity and romance is often used in girl’s bedrooms and works well with in all its tones.
Orange,an equally strong colour that requires selective use, is a great pep-up colour and gets you cheerful just by virtue of its psychological effect. In a small area where you could curl up on an armchair and unwind, it can give you that space that recharges your batteries.
Yellows and tones of orange and green work well in almost any space and the only variation that comes in is in terms of tone. Often used in kitchens greens, earth tones and yellows suggest the abundance of earth, and create an inviting atmosphere. Since yellow tends to speed your metabolism and can be overpowering, it is rarely used in bedrooms. In dining, kitchen or even living areas it works beautifully and brings in all the optimism it is associated with. Purple, is the colour of opulence and also peace, depending on how you use it. It heightens your creativity and smoothens frayed nerves if used in a setting appropriately. In depth and liberal use, it creates an aura of luxury and sometimes just the sheer luxurious abandon helps a person relax.
Neutral tones often dominate contemporary living spaces, in stark contrasts or subtle blends and make any space look more open and elegant. They work best in modern settings and complement with glass and steel. In more traditional décor, neutral tones tend to make a living space look bland if the right amount of colour is not introduced in accents.
Pastels are a favourite with most people, especially in tropical climates as they are not overpowering and the statement they make is very subtle. While they are easy on the eye, the warmth of the deeper hues is a far more effective stress buster.
Metallic tones are being increasingly used in homes to create an element of splendour and drama, and used in the right places, they serve as beautiful accents. They work best in ceilings, niches and bathrooms.
Deciding what colour to use in which space will also determine your own psychological response to that space and your comfort levels while being there. So, if you tend to have long lazy baths, make the bathroom and point of focus for colour. If the bedroom is where you spend time to relax, choose a palette that will comfort your senses. Perhaps, you may want to pay attention to the study or entertainment area if that is the place you go to at the end of a long tiring day, seeking to renew your energy. Whatever, the case may be, if you use colour effectively to suit your own temperament, you will find that your home replenishes every molecule of energy the outside world drains out of you. Without you even realising its therapeutic properties.
While colours are used extensively for design purposes and for the visual effects they generate, you need to decide which colours will create an ambiance that will help you unwind and then take it forward from there. Find your colour quotient and use that to evolve the mathematics of a living space.
Author : Rekha Nambiar.
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