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.
Painting a continuous length of a space with a single colour emphasizes the planar elements within an environment.
Adding colour to a sequence of parallel walls also reinforces the planar elements in a space.
Colour 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.
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.
Adding colour to the lower half of a space can provide a demarcation line for elements such as furniture and art.
Adding colour to the upper regions of a space can reduce the perceived height of a room.
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