I thought it was about time that you heard from me again and my continual progress through the modules with the International Institute of Home Staging. The thing I love most about IIHS is that it’s so simple to understand. It’s all written in laymen’s terms, which is what I need to be able to understand what is being said.
Today I’ll be talking about Module 4, which explores the principals and the terminologies behind light and colour in your home. I’ll be focusing more on colour in your home during this blog. What I’m discovering is it’s so much more than just selecting a colour from the paint store, which in hindsight seems like a simple process. The next time I select a paint colour for a project or my home, I will be armed with the knowledge and principals to help me get it right. So I’m going to relay what I have learnt in Module 4, here the top 3 things that I learnt about colour in your home.
- The first thing I learnt is that there really is no set rule when it comes to selecting the right colour for your home. The colour of a room can instantly create an emotion as soon as you enter, whether consciously or subconsciously so it is important to get it right. It really is a matter of experimenting with colours, get lots of colour swatches from your paint store and experiment, experiment, experiment. There are so many different colours, tints and shades that can complicate your decision even more. Put the swatches up against your choice of flooring, furniture or window dressings until you are happy with a colour that fits.
- A very interesting fact that I learnt through this module was that colour refers to the way our brain registers the different wavelengths of light entering our eyes. A single ray of light is made up of the spectrum of colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – all of which have their own wavelength.
You may have heard people use the word “Hue” before and this essentially means they are describing the pure nature of the colour such as green or blue and it is free from white, black or grey. When you hear the word “tint” being used it means that (let’s use blue as an example) when white is added to blue it create a “tint”. Another term used is “Shade” this refers to black being added to the blue to create a “Shade” of blue. That brings us to the next word “Tone” buy adding grey to blue it produces a “Tone” of blue.
- There are 12 segments of the colour wheel, 3 primary, 3 secondary and 6 tertiary colours. I won’t go too much into this as it is fairly in-depth but it is useful for highlighting how colours relate to each other and which colours can be mixed to make new colours,colours relate to each other and which colours can be mixed to make new colours. Using the colour wheel (once you get your head around it) can be useful as it teaches you how to create a balanced colour scheme that will be complementary in your home.
Colour, like art, is very subjective and can be one of the most powerful elements of interior design. If you think about it, colour more than any other item or object in a room, can change the way you feel instantly. It is also a cost effective way to create an impact or give your room the change it’s looking for.