Designing with colour

The process by which colour is chosen and utilized in a design has a profound effect on interior space. The designer’s decisions can drastically change the spatial understanding of a project and also influence how it is navigated. When used with knowledge and intent, colour can add perceived weight to surfaces, alter the basic proportions of a room, and variously be a calming or exciting factor.

Elements such as furniture can emphasize the volumetric reading of a room. Here, the chairs, matched with the red walls, draw attention to the room’s dimensions.

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Painting a continuous length of a space with a single colour emphasizes the planar elements within an environment.

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Adding colour to a sequence of parallel walls also reinforces the planar elements in a space.

11 designing with colour 03Colour can be employed to make certain aspects of a design stand out. For instance, elements such as trim, mouldings, and furniture take on more significance when they are coloured in stark contrast with their surroundings.

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Transitions between spaces can be highlighted by using very bold, bright hues, or made to recede when matched to the colour of an adjacent surface.

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Adding colour to the lower half of a space can provide a demarcation line for elements such as furniture and art.

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Adding colour to the upper regions of a space can reduce the perceived height of a room.

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COLOR, SPACE, STYLE, © 2007 by Rockport Publishers, Inc.

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