What you really want to read about – colour
So, having read all that, what you really want to know about is how to use colour.
I always consider colour in terms of strength – no two people will ever adore the same colour and I doubt if they even see it in exactly the same way for the way in which each of us views colour is unique. What we all appreciate in exactly the same way is the balance you can achieve with colour combinations.
For example, on an exterior scheme, the perimeter fencing would be the deepest shade, for it will field bright flowers and greenery. The structure would be one medium shade (treat the building rather like a block with various attachments). Features and trims would highlight both deep and medium shades (rather like eye makeup or jewellery and so it can be sharp and crisp – very dark or very light) We then consider the roof. A large expansive metal roof would in most cases be light – the colorbond range caters for this with a wonderful selection with matching fascias and gutters from off white (surfmist) through a great spectrum of smokey greys and greiges. What most people don’t realise is that you can have the exact match produced in house paint – off white, with off white with cedar, how nice is that.
Colour goes hand in hand with light – use one basic colour as your complete backdrop or cover, rather like face makeup. Have you created a totally uniform canvas? Not at all for now you begin to see depth, shadow, light and within your monochromatic scheme you actually have created tone as a result of the light and shadows. Just one single colour is now five or six. Combine these colour tones with other finishes such as timber, stone or glass and you begin to see a whole new canvas emerging.
Feature colours should provide drama and depth. Use two or three colours rather than just one. Also, for maximum effect, work with an almost flat paint such as Zylone 20 which is only 3% gloss and created in a myriad of colours by Resene .
If you have colour selection block, working with art pieces can be an excellent prompt when you are stuck for ideas. Fabrics are always an inspiration for combining colours that, fantastically, work together when you would least imagine.
Or fruit – think rockmelon – the texture, the balance.
Or flowers – or tigers – or tropical fish – nature lends us a million colour ideas with combinations that are so perfect and so in tune with each other. Don’t be afraid of colour, there are books of rules that no brilliantly coloured butterfly ever had the opportunity to read.
If you have never had the courage to create a wonderfully outrageous room for yourself just visit a Resene customer showroom and confess that you are ready to fly into the unknown and would like a hand. They will need no encouragement.
In over 30 years as a designer of homes and interiors throughout the world I have never had one death by colour. Except beige because they died of boredom. I told them to try fudge.