Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Colours, Colours and Colours...

Colour is a sensation.

When you paint a wall red or when you buy a curio or painting to spice up your room, did you know that a colour in its pure (or saturated) form is good if reserved for small areas? Backgrounds and large areas are easy to live with if they are somewhat dull, grayed or neutralised (using neutral colours like black, white, grey).

Placement of one colour near another makes a lot of difference too. If red is placed with yellow, it gives a warm feeling... but if green is placed with yellow, it gives a cool feeling. Warm colours advance and gives a 'small' feeling whereas cool colours recede to give a spacious feeling.

There are many schemes on how to use colours. Some of them are:
  • Monochromatic
  • Analogous or Related
  • Complimentary or Contrasting
  • Accented
A neat & careful selection makes a whole lot of difference. The colours will talk about you!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Add some colour too!

We live in a world of colours and every colour has a different story!
Choosing a colour for your room therefore, is very important as it reflects your mood, the activities you plan to have in that room and the kind of mood you want others to have upon entering the room.
  • While people like to go with some colours other than white, pure whites are the safest and they also bring with them a kind of elegance and ambiance that no other colour can.
  • Reds, Oranges, Yellows are warm colours that bring in a kind of energy, enthusiasm and liveliness.
  • Blues, Greens are cool colours and they give a calm, restful feeling.
  • Lavenders are romantic.
  • While Silver/Metallic colours are eclectic, golds and indigos are royal.
  • Blacks are elegant as well as mysterious.
With a wise selection of colours that suit your need and a careful combination or accentuation with some more colours, your rooms will turn out to be more than just "rooms".
(Feel free to ask questions, give ideas, etc for your space)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Add some light to your rooms!

There's nothing like a well lit room. But choosing the right light is what makes all the difference. A wrong design or a wrong placement can spoil the whole ambiance. Here are some things you should consider before you choose your lights:
  1. What are the activities you plan in your room? Is it just sleeping & music or do you intend to do some office work or reading?
  2. How much light do you need? some people like a well lit room while others like to highlight only certain areas.
  3. What is the theme of your room? - Modern, or classical?
  4. What is the colour scheme? The colours in a room decide whether you should go for warm lighting or not.
  5. is it cost-effective in itself & with respect to the rest of the design? You don't want to buy a picture lamp that is costlier than the picture itself.
There are more to it than the above listed points. Any help on choosing your lights/lamps, please feel free to ask me!