The Role Of Color In Interior Decorating
The role of color in interior decorating and how color can give the illusion of space and light.
Using color to create space is so simple and you can receive astonishing results. Color smooths out the extra angles in a dormer room and adds height to the space in the process. With a sloping ceiling, the question becomes where to draw the line. By making the base color extend up the wall as far as possible, the room looks taller than it actually is. Paint a sloping ceiling the same color as the wall underneath to soften awkward shapes, then lighten with touches of white.
Light, natural or artificial color help create a feeling of space. Smooth finishes on fabrics, walls and furniture reflect light. Simple window treatments blend into the background and soften the break that a window makes in a wall. White accents also reflect light and help to enlarge the room. They create a sense of space and lend an airy feeling. A small print on wallpaper in a soft color, like peach, help the walls recede. From a distance, the light colors of the print merge into one soft, dappled color that enhances the feeling of openness. Green plants used throughout a room add a bright splash of contrast and a cheery sense of the outdoors. Choose the plants according to the sunlight exposure from a window.
Some other color choices are a soothing shade of yellow or a wash of lavender. Soft shades of yellow enlarge the look of a room. Bu adding white to yellow, this normally warm color takes on a cooler tone. Mix yellow with a little green to enhance that effect even more. Lavender softly accents space without overpowering it. When combined with similar tones in the blue family, the look can be romantic and subtle. On a wall lavender fades into the background.
Neutrals create a roomy feeling because they recede making walls and furniture look further away then they actually are. To keep beige from being bland and boring, add visual interest with the texture of sponged walls, nubby upholstery and sheer curtains. Blue and deep pink accents add bold strokes of color. Low furniture also makes the eye think the ceiling is taller. ItÆs an effect heightened by a slim floor lamp and narrow window treatment. Moldings add character to a room. But keep the colors light and similar to the surroundings so they do not break up the space unnecessarily. Baseboards look best when they reflect the floor color.
Small bedrooms are very common. To make them look larger, but still feel friendly, stick to soft colors that fade into the background. Tints of blue and white work well together for an open look thatÆs also relaxing and comforting. Accessories can be an asset as well. Reflect light with a shiny brass lamp and white and metallic picture frames. Keep the furniture and moldings in light woods to further soften the feeling. Save the bright colors for accent pieces. Draw the eye up and make the ceiling seem higher with vertical lines. Use a wallpaper with narrow striped of soft pastel colors and white to create the tallest but least obtrusive effect.
Small bathrooms, hallways and gallery kitchens are usually narrow. Painting them in pale colors and adding overhead or wall lighting will make them appear more spacious. The glossy surface of a white floor and wall tiles reflects light and makes a narrow room look wider than a dark color would. Keep the lines clean and uncluttered and the accents minimal for the most spacious feel. Then to reduce the antiseptic quality that white can give, sponge paint the walls and interrupt the white on the tile and linens with narrow bands of green trim. Details like brass fixtures, rods and frames add a further softening influence.