• Tammy Walls

Color in Design

No doubt you have heard the saying, "Without light there would be no color." And it is true. It is also incredibly amazing when you learn that the color you see is the only color within the spectrum that was not absorbed by an object. So when you see a red stop sign, it is because all the other colors were absorbed within the spectrum. Weird and wonderful at the same time, right?

Within interior designs color plays such a huge factor. Why? Because color evokes a psychological response. There have been many studies on color and the human response to it. If you have time, check out this interesting article on that very topic:

Color can evoke a happy feeling, a sad feeling, a terrified feeling, a hungry feeling, a confident feeling or a mix of many things. But add in life experiences and whatever color was associated by your brain at that exact time will be the feeling that you get when a certain color is presented. For example, many restaurant signs have the color red in them. Take a look around next time you are driving. You will be amazed. Why? Because red stimulates hunger. But what if someone frightened you or harmed you as a child and that person wore red. You might then associate red with something bad and instead of stimulating your hunger you withdraw from it.

As an interior designer it is a fine line to walk to help others explore the use of colors without forcing a certain color upon them. Many people are afraid to use color in their homes and will stick with the grey and white or beige and white palette. Don't be afraid to explore a different palette of color within your design. But be sure it is the color that you want and not your designer because you are the one who has to live with it.

The best way to explore color is by getting samples and placing them on your wall in a location that will get different light at different times of the day. For instance, place it on a wall near a window. The morning color on the sample may be very different than the daytime and night time color that it gives off. Only when you see the differences during the entire day that the color will be can you determine if it is the right color for your room.

And a final thought, color also affects the overall mood of the room. Decide what mood you are trying to create before you decide on a color.

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