PURE Design Inc, Vancouver
When someone enters a space for the very first time, their senses become incredibly heightened. In the blink of an eye, their mind is processing millions of bits of information. The size, the shape, the lighting, the floors, the furniture, and so much more…it all gets reviewed in nanoseconds, leaving that person with an immediate gut reaction about the space. Do they like it? Do they feel comfortable? Is it a place they’d want to spend an extended amount of time?
That is why a cohesive design strategy is important no matter what the space. You can’t tell someone how they’re supposed to feel in a room. Their bodies just naturally decide. And as such, you need to ensure that your design properly communicates and triggers the right response in those that will be inhabiting the space.
Now, many things go into how we feel about a room. But one of the most important?
The colour of a room sets the mood for everyone who walks in the door. When used well, a room’s colour scheme will enhance the rest of the decor without distracting from it, and will help guests in the space feel exactly as you intended. In fact, colour is so important in design that there is actually a whole emerging field of study called Colour Psychology being used by designers and marketers everywhere to better understand how humans respond to colour.
Now, colour trends in interior design are constantly changing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pick the right trend for the right space in order to get the most positive response.
Curious to know what colours are both on trend and on target in terms of the impact they have on those inhabiting the room? Here are some of the hottest trends of this year and how you can use them in your space.
Burnt orange is a bold choice that adds a feeling of coziness and warmth to any space. It’s a colour that’s often associated with fall, but has the longevity to look great year-round. It works well as an accent colour, and pairs particularly well with other earthy shades, like a soft brown, green, or grey. Adding plants to the space brings out the natural beauty of this colour even more.
Light pinks have been very popular over the last several years, but a soft lilac is poised to be very trendy in the upcoming seasons. This light, dusty purple shade is very soothing and is excellent for a bathroom. It works well with traditionally feminine design touches, but can also be dressed down for a more neutral, minimalist appeal. This colour pairs well with white and cream shades as well as greens.
Dark colours can be difficult to pull off, but a deep grey shade feels softer than black or brown. It looks nice in a kitchen or bathroom with plenty of metal accents, as it really makes them pop. This shade also makes a nice base for jewel-toned accent colours, like red, deep purple, or emerald green. It takes some impeccable styling to make this colour work, but when done tastefully, it looks incredibly sophisticated.
A warm yellow shade is one that will always bring a smile to your face, which makes it a safe and popular choice for kitchens in particular. It’s a very energizing shade that encourages people to be social and optimistic, which is ideal in a gathering room like the kitchen. Yellow is also an excellent colour for the kitchen because it pairs well with both bold and neutral shades, so you can really get creative with your decor pieces.
Many different shades of green have been popular lately, and for good reason – green is a colour that feels sophisticated and relaxing. Darker greens with hints of blue and grey in them feel particularly nice for the bathroom or as an accent shade in the kitchen. If you want something a little brighter, a nice yellow-green also works well.
For those designing a new space or refreshing an older one, the current trends in colour leave a ton of room for experimentation. From soft lilacs to dark greys and everything in-between, there is wide range of emotions you can evoke through your choice of colour. Just remember the importance that colour plays in the overall design of your space, and make choices not just based on how they look, but how they make you feel.
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