The greatest challenge in color design is to be able to predict and control the result of a color scheme. Effective color selection can be an inexpensive yet powerful element in any design. Color can perform a multitude of roles and can affect a person's emotions, energy level, and sense of order, or disorder. As well, it can set the tone of an interior and make it seem formal or informal, masculine or feminine, cooly aloof or invitingly warm. The aim of successful interior color design is to be able to control these effects through the masterful use of color as a design tool itself.
Some client ask their designer what is the right color for them. Well, that is a good question indeed. To answer that question let me share with you the interview of Ms. Erin Cecille Langan (design director of DWP) which is done by sigma paints. DWP (Design Worldwide Partnership) is an interior design and architectural practice with 12 offices and over 450 staff located in the middle east and Asia.
What is the right color for me?
I believe the right color is the color that brings you the most happiness. There is no right or wrong choice. Whatever one feels most drawn to or intuitively inspired by is "right". Color, as with creativity, should have few rules and one should consider it an area for vast exploration.
What are the tools used to define the right color for my environment?
As a design director for DWP,I rely heavily on the natural environment where my project is located. I often take stones, sand, leaves and shells to obtain a computer paint match that creates a soothing interiors color for wherever the project might be located in the world.
How important is color in interior design?
There have been many studies especially with regards to healthcare interiors, that indicate color and the environment make a great impact on the time it takes a person to heal. DWP is working in the healthcare market to bring softer, warmer hues to hospitals and clinic with a residential feel.
What are the main psychological effects of color?
In interior design, color is used to specific purposes depending on the setting. When DWP does restaurant design, we rely heavily on reds, and oranges as they create more energy and sense of urgency allowing the restaurant owner a higher table turn for their setting groups. Likewise, spa design often tends to a cooler palette of blues and greens as this direction encourages peace and relaxation.
What are the main physiological effects of color?
There is a vast array of studies that have been done on this topic. One example is how color impact moods, feelings, and behaviours, by Kendra Cherry, several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practice chromotheraphy, or using colors to heal. Chromotheraphy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colourology and still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment. In this treatment:
Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.
How can different colors affect your mood?
Studies have shown that this varies from person to person. It can also be influenced by regional or historical factors. The colors that remind you of a happy memory or have an emotional appeal from your home country can be elevating for the mood.
How can different paint colors affect a person's mental state and his reaction to different situations?
Given that paint is usually the dominant finish in the person's environment, it is a large part of our everyday lives. Taking the time to understand which colors will promote positive and peaceful feelings in one's home and work environment can create a more peaceful and harmonious society.
How can different colors affect our health in a positive way?
Colors that brings one joy will decrease stress and anxiety. The places that we spend the most amount of time should reflect the color palettes that enhances a positive feeling when we are surrounded by them.
How can we define color as per the functional area of our environment?
As an Interior designer, color is often used to cue clients to circulation paths, hierarchy of space, featured walls, and identity areas of importance. It can shape a space simply by creating areas of focus that either grab our attention or allow certain areas to pass unnoticed.
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