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ARCHITECTURE: Colours and Mood in Interior Design
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Colours and Mood in Interior Design

ar1小时候去医院,那绿色的墙围和上面白色的墙面总是令人印象深刻,无论时代如何变化,这片白色在大小医院中依然不曾改动,因为白色可以带给病人、家属以及医护人员镇静的心理暗示,可见室内空间的色彩对人们的影响巨大。


虽然医院的白色不曾改变,但是人们的家居生活却有了翻天覆地的变化。随着我国经济的发展和人民生活水平的不断提高,人们在居住水平的要求上也有了提高,从原有的客厅、卧室的装饰到现在的厨房和卫生间。设计范围也从原来的选材、安装转到了整体颜色的把握,如带有感情特征的,色彩的搭配、对比和尺度等。总体来说,色彩是人们感情的重要体现。梵高说:"没有不好的颜色,只有不好的搭配。"而在最能体现人敏感,多情的特性并与人的生活息息相关的室内设计中,色彩几乎可被称作是其"灵魂"。


那么这些色彩的"灵魂"又是怎样的性格呢?


红色象征着热情、活力。将红色置于室内空间,可以帮你燃起激情;如果放在厨房,则可以助你产生食欲。但是也要注意红色与整体空间颜色的平衡。蓝色意味着宁静、信任。在家居设计中选取蓝色,可以帮你冷静下来,黄色代表着幸福、乐观,而不同的黄色也有不同的效果:淡黄色的墙壁可以增加室内阳光的感觉,而更加强烈饱和的黄色则可以强调部分物体或房间。绿色则带给人们自然、和谐的感受,尤其在使用真实植物花卉装饰空间时,自然感扑面而来。白色是纯净清爽的颜色,它在家居设计中也被广泛使用,提升空间感。黑色则是需要谨慎选择的颜色,它给你优雅与力量之感,但是如果不能恰当使用,它会有压缩空间的效果。用它突出室内的某个部分是一个好选择。


虽然我们介绍了这么多色彩,但是依然建议大家最多选择两种颜色作为主色调。当然了,你喜欢的才是最好的!

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Among the characteristics of any design, one of the most crucial and impactful is the choice of colour. Just look around, colour is everywhere, from all the objects in your home to your clothes, the city you live in and of course in nature. Colour, or the lack of it, is actually an aspect of spectrum of light. And as light influences everything, so does colour. In nature, we find different colours used all around from the green lush forests, blue sky and yellow sun to all possible colour combinations in fauna and flora.


As humanity inhabits the world, we live under its rules: physical, perceptual and psychological. Colours have been long used for their impact on the human psyche as they would help induce certain states and moods. Thus, discussed as follows are a few of the main colours (and non-colours) and their effects -

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Red can imply passion, fire, importance, excitement and vitality. In interior design a lot of times a warmer shade of red is used in order to not create too much agitation, as this colour can increase heartbeats. You can use it to stimulate passion but it is used a lot also for the kitchen as it stimulates appetite. In the living spaces, red can help increase activity but try to keep it in balance with the overall colour composition of the space.

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Blue implies serenity, tranquility, trust and honesty. Use it in your homes design to create a feeling of calmness, lower heartbeats or even cool off the room if it's too sunny. It also goes very well with work or meditation spaces. Rather than the full colour, use different shades of blue to harmoniously induce a certain atmosphere: for example a light shade of blue can calm you and give you the feeling of being in a bigger space.

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Yellow can symbolize happiness, friendship, fun and optimism. Certain types of yellow lend themselves to interior design as they emphasize these positive aspects and the shades you use will have different effects: light yellow walls or curtains will increase the sense of sunshine in the room while stronger and more saturated yellow will emphasize different objects or parts of the room: furniture, vases or painting. Lighten up your room using yellow and make it sunnier!

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Green reflects nature, calmness, harmony and sensitivity. Use it in your interiors to give the space a calm and even fresh atmosphere, especially when actually including plants and flowers or even a vertical green garden in your design (see the "Vertical green gardens for your apartment" article). Like all the different shades of green which you can find in nature, you could also mix up different shades for a wall, some decorative object and your plants. They will bring about a feeling of nature and harmony into your home!

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White - pure, clean and refreshing - has been used widely in home designs for the greater sense of space and airiness it provides, especially in minimalist designs. Actually white goes well with mostly anything. You cannot go wrong having white for large surfaces in your home even if you wish a colourful design: just induce the sense of colour through your furniture, plants and decorative objects. It will look light and beautifully colourful.

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Black is a strong colour, so it has to be used sparingly and wise. It can symbolize importance, elegance and strength, but can also have less good effects if used improperly, like reducing significantly the amount of light in a space and also reducing the perceived dimensions of the space. A good way to use it would be to highlight by contrast some parts of the space or to really make an object stand out in a modern and elegant way.


When choosing your colour palette, the main questions you should ask yourself are what will the space be used for, what perceptive and psychological effect you want it to have on the space and of course, what your personal preferences of style are. Here are some suggestions which could lead you to identify a beautiful and harmonious interior colour scheme:


Minimalist approach: This comprises of generally white walls and minimal but elegant or captivating furniture and objects, with as few other colors as possible to really highlight the minimalist design.


Monochromatic approach: Use one dominant colour or different shades of this colour. This method can also be used to further the minimalistic approach: include decoration, furniture or other parts of the design in the chosen colour and leave the background simple and white. You will obtain a sophisticated effect, even bright or colourful, depending on the chosen colour.


Going further, we recommend using maximum two main colours or materials for your interior design. Don't forget, a lot of times, less is more! This doesn't mean you cannot have details or objects of other colours, but try to maintain the majority of the design in your chosen two main colours.


Last but not least, maybe you prefer a very colourful interior. To give it a certain coherence and harmony, you can do this by keeping background simple and discrete: for example white. Then add a wide variety of colorful objects and make your interior as colorful as you want! Or, as some very talented artists and interior designers have shown us, in some situations there can be awesome solutions using a wide variety of colours throughout the space. To get this right however, you probably need to consult such a professional to be sure that you get it right from the first try.


So start experimenting with different methods or colour combinations till you find exactly what fits your needs. Go through many good-practice examples and pinpoint your wish. And bring a little bit of colour to your home!


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