BRIGHTEN UP YOUR WORLD

ARE YOU CON­FUSED BY COLOUR? NOT SURE WHAT’S A COOL OR WARM HUE? SHAYNNA BLAZE SHARES HER TIPS ON THE HOT AND COLD OF COLOUR THE­ORY

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA

When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing, prob­a­bly the one thing peo­ple stress about more than any­thing else is choos­ing colours. That’s be­cause colour is com­plex. It can ma­nip­u­late a space, cre­ate a cer­tain mood, be calm­ing, frus­trat­ing or make you happy.

One of the most im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber about colour is that warm colours ad­vance (they feel like they are com­ing to­wards you) and cool colours re­cede (they move way from you). Re­mem­ber this and you can eas­ily change your in­te­rior with­out do­ing mas­sive ren­o­va­tions.

A cool colour scheme helps walls dis­ap­pear and makes the space feel larger, so cool colours are great for small rooms. Of all the colours, white re­flects the most light, so mix that in with your cool colours to give the small­est room in the house the big­gest chance of ap­pear­ing larger.

MAKE A LARGE SPACE FEEL MORE IN­TI­MATE

When it comes to in­te­ri­ors, hav­ing the lux­ury of a lot of space is not al­ways a good thing. Large rooms can feel im­per­sonal, es­pe­cially open-plan liv­ing spa­ces that typ­i­cally com­bine three spa­ces into one.

As warm colours ad­vance they can help large spa­ces feel cosier, so by paint­ing all the walls a warmer colour the open-plan space will feel more in­ti­mate and the sep­a­rate rooms come to­gether more as one.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Re­mem­ber that light re­ally im­pacts on colour. You can al­ter the strength of warm and cool colours by the colour of your light­ing. A cool in­te­rior with re­flec­tive sur­faces and cool light­ing could re­sult in a clin­i­cal or stark feel. Chang­ing light globes to a warm white can warm up the space. On the other hand, if you love warm, rich colours but live in a hot cli­mate, putting cool light globes in brings down the in­ten­sity of the heat in the colour.

Light can also re­ally change the mood of a room. Ta­ble and floor lamps are great as they help you dim the light to make a room cosier at night or they can brighten up a room that doesn’t re­ceive much sun­light.

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