||Use a strong colour on the lower
part of the walls, from picture rail down, and a lighter colour
above and over the ceiling. This will make the room appear
||A dark colour on ceiling and walls
down to dado height, with a lighter colour on the lower part
of the walls to match the floor, changes a room's proportions.
||Floor and ceiling in a similar colour,
with the walls painted a lighter colour will seem to widen
||Lower a ceiling visually by painting
the ceiling and the walls above the picture rail in a deep
tone. Paint the walls, from the picture rail down, a light
||To give the feeling of airiness and
space, paint the walls to match the floor and use pale, cool
||A warm, deep colour on short end
walls with a lighter colour on the adjoining longer walls
will make a long, narrow room appear more evenly proportioned.
||Rule of thumb; two thirds one colour, one third another.
Colour personality - Proportions, contrast and effects with
Colour is a way people express their creativity. Choice of particular
colours says a lot about the way we feel and want to feel. Colours
have traditional values and associations, and people's attitudes
to colour are very much influenced by these values and associations.
So what do certain colours signify?
Red is a traditional symbol of love, romance, courage, danger,
passion and rage. It gives an impression of richness and luxury
and is an adventurous and ambitious colour.
Orange is a social and exuberant colour and represents ripeness,
warmth and happiness. If used extensively, orange can be a very
Yellow is the brightest of all colours and has the greatest
illuminating power. It is warm and cheerful and stimulates activity
and communication, circulation and appetite. It can also, however,
indicate a tendency to be frivolous and superficial.
Green indicates a well-balanced personality and is conservative,
traditional and conventional. It inspires feelings of restfulness,
freshness and informality.
Violet is the colour of royalty and is associated with noble
traits such as love, truth and justice. It is dramatic, sophisticated
and sensual and indicates an imaginative and lateral-thinking
personality. It can also indicate a lack of realism and feeling
of self-importance. It also has the ability to lower blood pressure
and respiratory rates.
Blue is a colour of peace, tranquillity and wisdom and can generate
a sense of well-being. Blue gives the impression of space and
coolness and represents serenity, loyalty and truth.
Black represents an absence of light and colour, but can be
a deep and restful contrast. It is sophisticated, elegant, dramatic
and formal and gives a feeling of solid strength. It can be powerful,
aloof and intimidating.
White symbolises light, triumph, innocence and joy and it gives
the effect of enlarging a space. White can indicate an individualistic
and idealistic personality and it creates an atmosphere of coolness.
For more information on colour groups visit Carolyn's colour corner