In color theory, color harmony refers to the property that certain aesthetically pleasing color combinations have. These combinations create pleasing contrasts and consonances that are said to be harmonious. These combinations can be of complementary colors, split-complementary colors, color triads, or analogous colors. Artists and designers make use of these harmonies in order to achieve certain moods or aesthetics.
COLOR AND EXPERIENCE
Have you ever walked into a room and just recoiled at the gaudy decorations and color schemes? Maybe it was filled with black and white stripes, and was just too ‘loud’ and unsettling. Then again, another room decorated simply with cool colors made you feel comfortable and at ease.
When you walk into any space, the way your eye translates color and color combinations can affect how you interpret the style, mood, and overall comfort level. For many designers, there is a thoughtful and precise effort made through color choices to create a desired effect.
Imagine you are redesigning a master bedroom. To update the furniture, lighting, and carpet, you start to understand that you want the room to have a certain feel or mood to it.
Maybe you decide that the floral pink and yellow scheme will be replaced by a cool and calm look that evokes a perfect place to sleep. While this sounds like a vague idea that is left up to interpretation and opinion, interior designers use color theory as a foundation to achieve their design goals.
Lemon yellow adds a refreshing burst of color brightening everything around. Use as an accent for a dose of color. Pale lemon acts like a soft swash of sunshine over interiors however either way, lemon instantly freshens up any interior. Perfect for nurseries, children’s bedrooms and play areas.
“Red is never boring.” It is an excellent accent color, you can use it to make a ‘cool’ room warmer; red is great for kitchens and it is known to increase appetite, and red accent walls can change the way a room is perceived. As the most intense color, red raises a room’s energy and is a good choice when a homeowner wants to stir up excitement, particularly at night. Red stimulates conversation and creates a strong first impression.
Champagne is beige but with a little added sparkle with hints of gold or silver as it sways beautifully between champagne grey and pure champagne. The color champagne-very pale beige, the softness of white but in slight shadow with warmer sandy undertones and dappled light dancing across the surface, sets a relaxed tone of understated elegance.
Blue is the ideal color for reception areas as it is formal, conservative and balancing. The most common use for blue is in monochromatic color scheme, where blues of different shades, tints or tones are combined. This creates a wonderfully tranquil space, sedative and heavenly, ideal for bathrooms or adults bedrooms.
Fuchsia is a very feminine color, and it can easily brighten up any girlish space. You can use it anywhere – in your bedroom, bathroom, entryway or dining space, it will easily give your interior a girlish touch. The same can be said about a fuchsia ceiling, it really makes a bold statement.
Green, similar to blue, is soothing to the eyes, and is often a most preferred option for interior design, given the availability of multiple shades. Designers use the color green as a blend of multiple shades or in combination with other calm and soothing colors, to create a restorative effect.