Each colour evokes
a particular emotion. Browse through this section and enjoy
giving your space its own distinctive look.
Shades of blue can be used for a restful or a bold effect.
Pale blue has a calming effect and gives space to a room.
A darker blue will draw things closer and add depth. Blue
teams up smartly with browns and whites. So next to a wooden
bookshelf, it builds up a striking corner.
There is nothing that reflects natural light better than white.
Snow-white walls and cabinets make a room sparkle. Wood and
metal contrast with white and this highlights furnishings.
The best is that in a stark white room, you can splash any
colours of your choice on the curtains and linen.
Yellow is a happy colour ?it gives a lift to black and white.
It merges effortlessly with pastels, warms to red, and makes
wood glow. Rich golds are elegant and used for traditional
settings while darker yellows are quieter and cut glare. Dark
yellow teams up best with white and contrasts well with green,
blue, and brown.
Green is perfect background for any other colour of your choice.
Use a bluish green to cool off a room that is too bright or
warm a cold room with a yellow that leans towards green. Whatever
you choose, you will get summertime warmth in winter and grassy
coolness in summer.
Pinks are delicate and soft. They blend wonderfully with grays,
browns, sharp blues. Because pink is essentially a pastel,
it should be used with a stronger colour to highlight its
pleasant tone. Used in a party room, pink suggests gaiety.
Remember wood is a colour. Earthy and comfortable, brown ranges
from the palest of cream-beiges to the deepest of chocolate
brown. Because any brown tone is essentially warm, cool colours
should be used as accents.
Red is warm and welcoming. Too much red can distract so it
should be used with care in family rooms. A splash of red
on a wall or a fireplace or a rug creates a dramatic effect.
Select a fabric with a cool background colour like gray, blue,
or green and a dominant red in the pattern. Use only one pattern
throughout the room and balance the red there with your accessories.
If yours is too warm a room, try the pale purple-violet family
in large areas.
Grey is cool and contemporary. Pale grey pushes walls away
to create space. Varying in range from a light to medium value,
grey is an elegant neutral value for all furnishings. If you
like stark contrasts, set off grey against bright tones, whites
and blacks. To get a blended background, warm grey with blue,
brown, or yellow depending on your colour choice.
Combining, or contrasting colours can be the point of departure
that gives an interior its individuality, a personality of
its own. Combine white with beige ?the result is glowing
sophistication. Contrast red or black with white ?the result
is stark, bright and stylish.