Your wall colours

THE use of colour is an integral part of any interior-design scheme, particularly so with the walls.

This is partly because they make up the biggest area, and, whatever colour or pattern you choose, will dictate how the rest will look, or come together.

Paint is one of the cheapest tools you can use to create mood and feeling, and also one of the easiest to change.

Nevertheless, it makes sense to do your research before you start, and find out how you can use colour to your advantage. All interior designers have to understand the colour wheel, a diagram showing the primary colours of red, yellow and blue.

When you combine these, you get the secondary colours of green, orange and purple. Mixing the primary colours with secondary ones gives you tertiary shades, and complementary colours are opposite each other in the colour wheel.

You don’t need to know all this detail, but it will help you to realise that the cooler side of the colour chart include blues and greens, and the warmer ones are yellows and oranges.

Bearing in mind that colour can create an optical illusion, you can use it to your advantage. For example, bright and light colours will create a feeling of more space, and darker colours will make the room look smaller.

That doesn’t mean you can’t use a dramatic colour if you want to, but you should probably limit it to one wall or area, so it doesn’t overpower. If you want to make a room appear larger, for example, choose from the cooler area of the colour wheel.

Paint all the walls the same colour so no one wall is dominant, and use a similar, or toning, colour for flooring. If you want a room to look higher, paint the lower part of the wall in a darker colour than that at the top.  Obviously, the reversal of this idea will make the ceiling appear lower.

If you have a large or very cold space, and you want to make it cosier, choose colours from the warm side of the wheel. A sunny yellow will certainly brighten a room, but don’t use too much of it, or you might need sunglasses!

If you have a room that is longer than it is wide, try painting the two shorter walls in a darker tone, because it will create the illusion of making the area more square. Colours also play with your emotions, albeit subconsciously.

We’ve covered this subject before, but, for example, fast-food restaurants use a lot of red because it is the colour of danger, passion and high emotions, which doesn’t encourage you to linger very long.

At the other end of the scale, greens, pale blues and creams are calming, and are likely to be used in waiting rooms and hospitals. Not everyone perceives colour in the same way, so these ideas should only be used as guidelines, but consider whether you want areas to be peaceful or dramatic, and choose your colours accordingly.

Of course, many of us have a holiday home in Tenerife, and may not have access to tools and items needed to decorate. Also, you may not have much storage if you buy everything you need, and only use it once.

Many interior-decoration companies will also offer a decorating service, so you can choose the colour scheme from the comfort of your own property for reference, and let someone else do the hard work, perhaps even while you are away from the island.

All items and services mentioned are available from Deco Nuevo on 922 789729.


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