RED: is considered a strong colour full of energy. Its great for dining/kitchen areas as it stimulates the appetite and promotes social and lively conversation. Too much can be over powering though so stick with one main feature and maybe a few accessories to match.
ORANGE: Is a great colour for kitchens. It adds warmth and is also thought to aid digestion! Donít use too much orange though as it can make a room appear smaller because it is an advancing colour.
WHITE: reflects light and is popular in decorating because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything.
BLUE: is Peaceful and tranquil. It's healing and gives a feeling of distance. Blue is balanced when used with natural or stained timbers and fresh white.
PINK represents love and passion. It can also bring in a modern funky feel. Pink looks great when itís used with hints of dark charcoal or black.
YELLOW: is a fresh, vibrant, happy colour. Itís great for creativity and will bring out your enthusiastic energy for trying out new recipes!
PURPLE: a colour of richness and transformation. It represents sophistication. Purple is great teemed with Olives and browns for a modern feel.
BLACK is more popular today than it has ever been. It is stylish and timeless. The most common mistake is using black when there are too many dark tones in the same room with not enough light. It is best when used in moderation.
To Make a room appear LARGER
Use colours from the cold side of the colour wheel
Use the same colour throughout the room
Paint the walls light and make the floors darker, the floor space will appear to expand.
Paint a low ceiling a lighter shade. It will appear higher than the walls.
For an illusion of space - paint the deepest tone of colour near to the floor and the lightest shade on the ceiling.
Large pieces of furniture will appear smaller if they are the same colour as the walls.
Some of us love colour and have several different colour schemes all over the house. Sometimes this works and sometimes it can leave the home with an all over the place clutter of colours. The best way to overcome this is to open all the doors and walk about the house looking at the way the colour flows (or doesn't!) from room to room. Each room should complement the other.
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Harmonious scheme create a balanced, unified scheme that's pleasing to the eye. These colours are next to each other or near each other on the colour wheel.
Complementary colour's are ones that are opposite to one another on the colour wheel. These colours are naturally made to 'go' with one another - such as olive greens and deep plums. They are bolder and more dramatic than harmonious schemes.
A tonal scheme or monochromatic scheme is when you use just one colour in varying tones.
We know that choosing the right colours to use in your home can be very confusing so we have put together a little guide we hope will help you to make colour choices an easier decision for you to use in your home.
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