Color not only helps to create the right mood in a room, but also serves many other functions that help create a comfortable and beautiful interior. What practical problems can be solved using the color gamut, and how to do it correctly, read the Novate.ru article.
There is an unspoken rule: the shade of color changes - the perception of space changes. This is why it is sometimes very difficult to choose the final tone. The soul is torn between dark and light, bright and neutral. However, if you know about the main principles of working with color, you can easily make an apartment cozy, comfortable and functional.
Objective 1: Zoning
Many people know about this function of color. If you use a combination of different shades in one room, you can easily divide the available space into zones. This solution will be especially relevant in studio apartments, where the kitchen must be visually separated from the living room, or in the nursery where the boy and the girl live (in this case, each child will have their own area). Also, with the help of color, it will be possible to highlight the work area and the recreation area in the room, and simply create the visual effect of two different rooms in one. Please note that in the case of interior decoration in different shades, it will be possible to significantly save on accessories, since it is the color that will act as the decor in such a room.
Not only the walls, but also the floor can be of different colors in a room. Use different flooring, such as tiles and laminate, or the same but different shades. This will allow you to designate where the work area is in the kitchen, and where the dining area is, or where the corridor ends and the living room begins. Also, in this way, you can designate a personal territory where unauthorized entry is prohibited.
If you find it inappropriate to use contrasting materials in the interior, refer to the accessories. For example, in a completely white room, you can use green accessories in the recreation area and gray accessories in the work area.
Task 2: Change the proportions of the room
It is fairly believed that light shades visually increase the space, while dark ones, on the contrary, reduce it. In this regard, Russian apartments are often decorated in white, beige tones, and Scandinavian is chosen as the main style. Recently, however, designers are increasingly adapting rich, deep tones to small Khrushchevs, which are now in trend: emerald, burgundy, turquoise and others. In order not to make the rooms visually smaller, they are used as accents: for example, you can find light interiors with an orange armchair or sofa, white rooms with one red wall. However, you can take a chance and use bright colors to decorate the entire room, as in the photo: blue walls, blue cabinets, a raspberry armchair, a yellow coffee table. These colors do not press so much due to the mirror, which reflects the light, and the large window - together they contribute to the visual increase of the room.
Advice: Dark colors can be used locally to decorate a single surface in a room. For example, if you combine a light ceiling and walls with a dark floor in a room, you will still be able to visually expand the space. Not ready for contrasts? Let the floor be only a few shades darker - this solution will be no less effective.
Another option, suitable for people who are wary of everything bright, is an accent rug that covers the entire room, from wall to wall. If you don't like the effect it creates, you can always remove it. But in most cases, bright carpets literally "hold" the interior, bring a zest to it, which creates the right mood.
No less successful is the "box" effect, when the walls and floor are of the same color. This technique is often used in order to create a chamber space or blur the border of the transition from a vertical surface to a horizontal one (relevant in the case of high ceilings).
Objective 3: Make the room "warm / cold"
Before starting repairs, designers recommend deciding on a group of colors that you will use when decorating your interior. It can be warm (yellow to red-purple) or cold (purple to yellow-green). The first group of colors is designed to warm, make the room comfortable and cozy. I would like to return to such apartments after a long winter walk. The main function of the second group of colors is to "reduce" the degree in the room. They look restrained and muted, calm, relax.
Objective 4: Balance the room
Correctly selected proportions of contrast and color intensity are able to build the so-called visual geometry. You need to follow this rule: the larger the area on which you plan to use the color, the less bright it should be. If you apply a dark saturated shade on all surfaces in the room, it will make the interior uncomfortable, draw all the attention to itself and will "crush".
If the room is narrow or square and your goal is to correct the wrong geometry, turn to dark walls. Combined with light-colored ceilings and floors, they bring the right balance to the room. So, a narrow room will visually appear wider, and a square one will look more harmonious, not like a box. Another way to make the space longer is to paint the wall farthest from the entrance in the same color as the ceiling, put a light cabinet against a dark wall, or drape part of the surface with light curtains.
It should also be borne in mind that bright furniture visually looks larger and heavier than light furniture, and therefore is suitable only for spacious rooms, filling the required space. But if you place a bulky chair in a small room, it will immediately become cramped.
Objective 5: Maintain the style
At the moment, there are a huge number of interior styles and each of them takes certain colors as a basis. Therefore, when we use shades in the interior, we have persistent associations. For example, warm and woody tones are reminiscent of the rustic style, as a result of which they make the room warmer, more homely, and cozy. Delicate cream tones are associated with classics. Cool shades evoke a contemporary style, while blues and blues are more typical of the Mediterranean style.
Objective 6: Add dynamism
If the room seems too dull, simple, boring, add dynamism with color. You can take an example from the Europeans and use active broken corners - this coloring option is very popular with them. The technique works in completely different color combinations, so you should not give preference only to bright and contrasting shades. This geometry looks incredibly beautiful in pastel colors, as well as if you use beige colors.
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