Living with Colours

Posted on Feb 01, 2013 by Devika Sharma, Taakjhaak Editorial

The world is full of beautiful colours. The kaleidoscope of vibrant and subtle colours surrounds our life. We need to access the colour relationships and discover whether a particular arrangement of colour works or not for our rooms.

Colours play an important factor in our domestic scene settings. Different colours create different effects, moods and tend to alter the proportions of a room dramatically. While the vivid, bold colours give your room a lively and youthful image, the paler ones create a more serene and restful atmosphere. But before you begin to think about the colours that you choose for your room – it is a must that you understand the basic yet simple rules of a colour wheel.

colour wheelColour Wheel is a traditional diagram that shows the relationship between the families/ family of colours. Choosing our favourite colours makes things easy. The three primary colours are red, blue and yellow and all the colours are formed using these three colours plus black and white, of course. The three secondary colours are green, violet and orange. They are made by mixing the primary colours in equal amounts.

Blue + Yellow = Green

Yellow + Red = Orange

Red + Blue = Violet

Looking at the colour-wheel you can see that these colours can be divided into two major categories- the WARM colours –Reds, Yellows and Oranges and the COOL colours –Blues, Greens and Violets.

Although there are some yellow-greens that are warm and there are some that are cool. And all that depends on the amount of green (for coolness) and yellow (for warmth) in it. The same goes for violets.

Green yellow combinationColours set our mood and the effect in a particular room. The cool colours on the blue-green give a cooling effect and create an illusion of making things look wide and away, thus the area looks more spacious. These are ideal for small sized rooms. These colours tend to make the rooms look bigger. These colours, in their pale form, can be used to fade an unattractive feature (like a wall you don’t which to highlight in the room), into the background. In case your room receives too much of sunlight and you live in a place where hot climate prevails for a major part of the year, these tints and tones are ideal for your room to get a cooling look.

In case you want a warm and cozy feel for your room, shades of reds, yellows and oranges are there for you. These colours tend to advance towards you, making the space look warm and small. Use these colours to draw attention to an attractive feature making sure you don’t overdo it. It can be overpowering then. Use pale tints and tones of warm colours in such a way that they make your room a warm look and yet they do not make them look small. These kinds of colour schemes are ideal for houses in cold areas.

colour schemeDecorating a room is similar to colouring up a sketch of a layout on a sheet of white paper. Most people prefer to go in for paler tints and it is always a safe deal. It can be achieved by mixing bright primary colours with white or by using them in their pastel or muted form. Primary and secondary colours can be mixed and matched with other proportions of neutrals like black and white.

Monochromatic colour schemes can be adopted for your home, where you can use tints and tones of one single colour. It is virtually a foolproof colour scheme as the shades blend well with each other. The adjacent colours in the colour wheel blend well and give a harmonious look to your room. You can also experiment adjacent or related harmonious colour schemes for your rooms for example use yellow and green combination for your room.

Orange colour themeIf you have a bold personality and would like your home to project it as well, go in for a dynamic colour scheme. Use contrasting colour scheme for the whole house. Red with green, blue with orange and yellow with violet for example can be tried. They give a more energetic and lively look. The colour schemes like these are never dull as they complement one another.

Neutral Colour Schemes also work well for your homes. Though the three neutral colours are Black, White and Grey; beiges, creams and mushrooms are also accepted as neutral colours. They can be used as a unifying element or may be used to define a specific design feature, like in a frame or background behind some bright element. These neutrals need a very careful colour matching combinations. Expert help is recommended here for better results. So use your imagination and let the vibrant innumerable colours flow in your home. Get the right and desired feel for your own personal space. Make it reflect your own personality and your identity.


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One thought on “Living with Colours

  1. Vina Sharma

    The article was informative and nice. You say: “So use your imagination and let the vibrant innumerable colours flow in your home” but frankly speaking isn’t that a big risk keeping in mind the high costs of paints and labour.


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