There are two basic colour schemes - analogous or complementary colour schemes. Analogous colour schemes use colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel such as blue and yellow or red and green and are said to be more formal. Complementary colour schemes however use colours that are across from each other on the colour wheel such as red and orange or blue and violet and are said to create more of a restful atmosphere. If you’re worried where to start with colour experiment in a small area that’s quick to do so that you can change it if you’re not happy with it.
Red is the most powerful colour in the spectrum. It has been shown to stimulate appetite and it is often used in kitchens and restaurants. Red however is associated with irritability and high blood pressure and should be avoided with hyperactive children and irritable adults.
Pink is often used for tranquility in a meditation room. Research has shown that some shades of pink reduce aggression, and in the past pink was used in mental institutions to calm patients. Paler shades of pink are great for a girl’s bedroom, a hallway and even a living room. The calming effects of a pink colour scheme will definitely surprise you.
Yellow is associated with happiness and optimism because it can activate memory, stimulate the nervous system and promote creativity. Paint your room a bright sunshine shade of yellow, and you can tone it down with white accents. If you aren’t interested in bright yellow try a paler more neutral shade.
It may be thought of as being sterile and boring, but the colour white represents cleanliness, calm and fertility and also makes cleaning a lot easier. This is why it is used very regularly in bathrooms and kitchens – stains can’t be hidden and clean white paint can put your mind at ease. White also works as a blank canvass, a wonderful way to display art and also a wonderful colour to mix with others.
Blue is said to be the colour of calm, reason and reflection. It’s a good colour to use in areas where you want people to calm down and can promote serenity when mixed with other natural colours. It can however lead to feelings of isolation and depression, and is not recommended for children’s playrooms or bedrooms.
There is a strong variation in the shades of purple available. Lighter shades are relaxing and are used to promote feelings of calm and serenity. Darker shades of purple on the other hand are related to greatness and opulence, and are good for places where you want to inspire and be creative such as boutiques and shops.