Do you ever think about how colours in spaces affect our moods?
Colours in spaces affect our mood directly, indirectly, positively or negatively. Moods are an extension of emotions. This can impact all a person does and all he or she comes in contact with which can change based on events, activities. What makes mood especially interesting is that regardless of gender, everyone prefers to view information presented in a happy way.
Colours can either be warm or cool. Warm colours are reliefing but can feel a bit chaotic. This includes red, yellow and orange. Cool colours are inviting but can feel unfriendly. This includes blue, green and purple. To have a more positive feel, adding white to any colour while adding black gives a more negative feel.
Choosing a Colour Scheme that suits your space
- Pick a colour, just any colour
The knowledge of colours from the brief session above would help you decide on which exactly to pick. In choosing colour, it is advisable to mix both primary and secondary colours to have a blend of balance.
- Changing colours with neutrals
As soon as you’ve selected a basic colour, it is easy to create different versions within the same family. You just have to combine that colour with a neutral to either make it lighter or darker. This can be classified as tint, shade and tone. Tint is adding white to a colour, shade is adding black and tone is darkening a colour by adding gray.
- Understand colour temperatures
When choosing colours for a space, you should consider the size of that space. Using a warm colour (red, yellow and orange) in a tight space could make things feel a little claustered as well as using cool colours (blue, green and purple) in a spacious room could leave things feeling stark.
- Complementary colour scheme
Complementary involves the use of two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. This can in a way give your space a cozy feel.
- Pick the right sheen
Any sheen in a paint will show flaws, so if you are trying to avoid flaws go with as little sheen as possible. Flat (Matte) has no shine at all. Flat Enamel has almost no shine but is a bit easier to clean than flat paint. Eggshell Enamel has a tiny bit of shine and can easily be wiped off with a damp cloth. Satin Enamel has a bit more shine and works well in high traffic areas or areas that have moisture. It is also super wipeable which is why it is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.Semi-Gloss Enamel is shiny but not glass-like. This is what you should use on cabinets and trim, or in really high moisture areas.Hi-Gloss Enamel is shiny. It gives an almost glass-like finish and is perfect for high use surfaces like a railing or fur nature.