Updated: Sep 12
Color is one of the key elements of interior design; it has the ability to affect the mood of the users in a space. Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or using colors to heal. Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colorology and is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment. Color is serious business! It can make or break a design scheme.
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.
Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.
Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
Most people know what colors they like and ones they don’t, but when it comes to applying those colors in a room’s décor, it becomes an overwhelming experience. As an Interior Decorator, there are different strategies I use in my design practice to choose colors for my clients. A few basic ones are:
Finding color Inspiration in the fabrics being used in the room.
Finding color Inspiration in the area rug being used in the room
Finding color Inspiration in the artwork or wallpaper
Using paint store displays or paint store websites for inspiration
Looking to Nature for inspiration.
Taking a cue from current color trends in interior design and fashion
Photo: Design Seeds
Looking to nature for color inspiration is easier than you may think. Design Seeds is one online resource that provides color inspiration from nature in a method that’s easy to use for most consumers. while the colors have no names, nor correlate with paint store brands, they definitely help to point you in the right direction. Here are some other examples:
Photo: Design Seeds
Even if you live in the big city, and maybe don’t get to see a whole lot of nature’s beauty, there is still color inspiration waiting to be discovered
Here I have included a series of color palettes; take a look and see which palette feels more like you. Leave a comment below with the number of the palette that most inspires you and why
If all those methods still seem a bit overwhelming for you, call in the professionals. I offer hourly color consultations to clients in the Houston area. You can contact me for more information.
Hope you were inspired to go forth and pick colors! 🙂
Have a fabulous Monday!