When you are designing your home, you would want to stay involved in all the process of interior design even if you have hired an interior designer for the task. But what happens if he is using difficult terms and concepts regarding interior design that you might not understand? Your input matters in interior design, so you as the homeowner should be keeping up to speed in the design process.
One of the concepts of interior designs is color theory.
Color theory basically defines the base of any interior design on which other elements grow. There are many different types of doors. In this article, we will describe the importance of color theory, what different colors represent, how to choose the right colors for your home and how to create balance among them. While it might seem complex, it is worth it to understand this driving philosophy behind interior design helps your designer create your dream home.
Different Types Of Colors And How They Are Used In Interior Design
There are basically three categories of colors namely:
- Primary colors are red, yellow, and blue
- Secondary colors which are made from mixing the primary colors. They are green, orange, and purple.
- Tertiary colors that you get after mixing one primary and one secondary color.
In interior design, a particular color is chosen as the base theme color of a room and other colors are then used in a way that they flow easily and seamlessly into each other to create a cohesive and balanced space.
Think of a room where you went that just felt plain calm and soothing because the colors, fabrics, patterns, and objects had a calming balance between them. This could be due to a matching color palette that works well with your furniture. Many showrooms in Ikea and other retailers have pairing colors on the color wheel. Your HDB bedroom door is a great way to set the tone and mood for your room depending on its hue. You can do a lot with a simple timber door, which is a tried and tested classic.
Many interior designers prefer to stick with a single palette of complementing colors to really sell a theme. Colors may also be specifically chosen for Feng Shui purposes.
Characteristics Of Various Colors
In interior design, there are certain characteristics and properties associated with each color. When these colors are used in interior design, those characteristics impart a certain impression on the viewer. These are further discussed below:
- Black is the color of mystery, elegance, confidence, and command.
- White is the color of purity, wisdom, honesty, and innocence.
- Red is associated with ambitious, bold, passionate, powerful, and active.
- Blue is the color of responsibility, intelligence, authority, and control.
- Green signifies growth, opportunities, hope, prosperity, and generosity.
- Yellow is a fun-filled and joyous color that depicts energy and friendliness.
- Orange or brown shows charisma and optimism (and commonly used for HDB main doors)
- Purple is the color of creativity, compassion, and devotion.
When any of these colors are used in interior design, it conveys the same message as its characteristics. Therefore, you need to choose a color according to the type of message you want it to convey. Alternatively, a laminated sliding door within a room can function as a secondary point of color, since it comes in a larger variety of tones. Other colors can be introduced while renovating on a budget, including a fresh coat of paint for your walls.
Choose A Temperature Palette
When deciding for a particular color theme, you first have to select a temperature palette. There are two main types of temperatures or tones: Warm and Cool. Warm tones include colors that are usually deep and dark such as red, pink, orange, or yellow whereas cool tones include blue, green, violet, and indigo.
By mixing different hues of colors, you can get versatile tones and shades that, if used properly, can look eye-catching and amazing.
One of the most common ways of choosing colors according to hues is to select either the warm or cool tones and then choose different colors within that tone. This is common practice for most interior design plans. Those colors go really well together and you get either a warm-toned theme that gives a comforting and welcoming appeal or a cool-toned theme that offers calmness and serenity. The timber doors we mentioned above are generally welcoming to a variety of palettes, so they are used often in residential and commercial renovations. The timber doors we mentioned above are generally welcoming to a variety of palettes, so they are used often in residential and commercial renovations. In fact, your main door can add an interesting stylistic element that defines the interior.
Warm hues can create a dramatic effect and are usually well suited for larger rooms since the warm tones may give an outlook of lesser space. Cool tones, on the other hand, create an illusion of space and vastness, so these themes are relatively more suited to smaller rooms and areas.
Take this cream colored bedroom door for a project in Punggol for example. The door blends well into the light walls, which suits a Minimalist or Modern interior. More visual emphasis can be added into the room by more eye-catching carpentry or furniture to really make them pop.
The look of finished timber helps introduce earthy richness into a color tone. It helps add depth and texture to your design theme, and is commonly found in Scandinavian or Industrial themed homes. Interior design and doors go hand-in-hand with color theory.
Your choice of door matters here, too! As the partition between a private space (your room) and an open area (your living room), the choice of door should not clash too drastically with the themes of the rooms that it connects. Any bedroom door you choose is the border between spaces, so neutral colors or patterns are preferred in accordance to color theory.
Find Balance Among Colors
Once you have selected a particular hue or temperature of colors, the next step is to find colors in that hue which you would want to use in the interior design of a room.
One of the most common and effective rules to choosing colors in a hue is to remember the ratio of 60:30:10. Choose one dominant color for your room and use that color to fill 60% of the space.
Then you choose a secondary color that goes well with the dominant color and fill 30% of the remaining space with that color. In the end, choose a color that will serve as an accent shade to the other colors and fill the remaining 10% of the space with it. Of course, you can tweak this ratio a bit based on your preferences or you can add more colors instead of just going with the three chosen shades. Most HDB’s with a mild steel gate should utilise that as a secondary pairing to complement their main door and interior.
As an example, consider a bedroom for which you would like to apply this ratio and find a color theme that is completely balanced in itself. For the dominant color, you can paint the walls a neutral hue of beige, blue, or brown. You can also use patterns of these shades for the bed linen. Grey is also a great colour to match with many styles of interior designs due to its simplicity, and tendency to enhance the other colors of your room.
For the secondary color, you can choose cream, white, or off-white color and use them in lampshades, curtains, or rugs. For the last 10%, you can choose a bold or accent color such as yellow, teal, or bright grey which you can use in furnishings. You can even use this accent color for the HDB bedroom door as it will complement the neutral-colored walls.
Bind Everything Together By Lighting Techniques and Texture
Once you have all the colors and shades sprawled across a room, you can bring everything together by using different types of lights and textures. Textures in different elements of a room add different levels of detail and accents which further enhance the room’s appearance.
Different types of lighting such as recessed lighting, direct lighting, task lighting, and ambient lighting can be used to put focus on a certain area while dimming out the other areas to create a dramatic and wow effect. Thus, the colors that you have chosen in the interior design can be further enhanced by using different kinds of textures and lighting. Spotlights or feature lights can also be used to enhance the dynamism of color in your home via different types of doors or opening mechanisms. Read up on what a good door can do for your interior here!
Through the above-mentioned concepts, you can have some idea of how colors are used in interior design so they not only complement each other but also work together to create just the perfect theme and message that you want to convey to anyone who enters your home. SG Doors helps with HDB door, fire-rated door, room door installation and many more. On top of that, our team of experts have a keen eye to help apply color theory in your home design. Speak with us today for a free quotation!