COLOUR AND LIGHTING
Colours can evoke wonderful feelings. We want to help you enhance your living space and make your house a home through the proper use of light and colour. Without light, there is no colour. So where do you start when decorating your room? A proper floor plan helps pull all of a room’s pieces together. Work from the floor up. With proper planning, you can avoid costly mistakes. Remember, your furniture doesn’t have to line up against the walls. Define your focal point – the room’s centre of a gravity – and place your furnishings around it. A comfortable conversational grouping could centre around a fireplace in winter or a window with a view in summer. Once you’ve decided on the use of space, move on to your lighting plan. To see how colour is going to react in your room, view it in daylight under natural light and at night under artificial light. The colours of paint and fabrics can change drastically. This phenomenon is called “metamerism,” the characteristic of colour to be perceived differently in different lights. Daylight at sunrise and sunset is warm in feeling. Daylight at noon can feel cool. Artificial light is either cool (blueish) or warm (reddish). Incandescent light is warm and flattering, while fluorescent light usually leans toward the cool spectrum and is clear and virtually shadowless. Halogen lighting has a strong blue cast that enhances whites, greys and blues. A halogen lamp appears yellow if it’s lowered with a dimmer switch. Candlelight or light from a fireplace – lighting by combustion – gives a feeling of warmth and should be used as often as possible. You need three different types of light to have a good balance. Work with all three levels to meet your needs and create a mood: 1. Primary lighting: from the ceiling, giving general illumination. 2. Secondary lighting: task-oriented, for reading or workspaces, under kitchen cabinets. 3. Mood lighting: a light source coming from the floor up. These can be placed behind trees to create shadows or lend ambience or mystique. Now colour can be added to your floor plan. All rainbows are not the same, and neither is our view of colour. The brain interprets colour. It doesn’t matter how accurately scientists measure colour and light – in the end, your eye and brain make the final decision. Everyone sees it differently. Ask yourself: How do you want to feel in your room? How does the selected colour affect the rest of the house? What is “in” and do I want to be trendy? Will I get tired of this colour? What if I hate it? And so on. Nothing evokes emotion faster than the “wrong” colour or one you hate. Warm, sunny, happy, cozy and safe: if you’re after these qualities, go for the warmer colours in the yellow, orange, red, violet, brown and cream families. The warm colours tend to be stimulating, making your room appear smaller and warmer. Rooms facing north or east do well in warm colours. Rooms facing south or west may seem too “hot” in warm colours. Wood has colour as well. If your wood pieces or kitchen cabinets are looking tired, the warmer colours will play them down. They won’t be as noticeable. If you want a feeling of sophistication, elegance and enlarged space, the cool palette will work for you. Blues, greens, blacks, greys and whites will expand a space, enhance the look of wood and give a refined look. In a room, colour is broken down into three categories: 1. Primary: approximately 70 per cent of the colour in a room, usually the main wall colour. 2. Secondary: about 25 per cent, usually the colour of larger objects like furniture and cabinetry. 3. Accent: about 5 per cent. Competing colours don’t work in a harmonious colour scheme. Once you have selected a floor plan and colour, it’s time to redecorate. Don’t panic – you have a plan and have thought it through! A half-decorated room can be described as half-dressed. Finish it and enjoy. Your hesitation is normal, but if you lose confidence, the room will never get done. Good taste can be defined as all the design elements working together harmoniously. When you create good design, you’ll live with it longer and be happier in that space. Colour is here to stay. Relax with it, understand it and use it.
Good lighting will occupy a space without obstructing
it. Lighting can alter moods and lesson tension.
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