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Changing the perception of environments with colors is it possible?

Visual perception has a strong impact on our brains: a room will seem smaller if it is empty, compared to a furnished one!

This is because the furnishings delimit spaces but, above all, they are for us a “measuring meter”.

For example, if we see that on a wall there is a double bed with 2 nightstands and still advances free wall we know with certainty that that wall will be longer than 2 meters.

The bed is, in fact, 1mt 60 wide, the two nightstands will be at least 40 cm so, making the calculations, we are definitely over 2,5 meters.

LET’S SEE SOME TRICKS

Today I want to give you some little tricks on how to create different visual effects by simply using color on walls and ceilings:

  •  To “lower” a room, it will be enough to paint the ceiling a darker color because this will optically lower and, therefore, give the impression of a lower room.

  •  In corridors, which are often long and narrow, it will be useful to color the ceiling and the back wall with a darker color to give the impression of greater breathing space.
    This will give the impression of a wider corridor.

  • If you need to shrink a very long room, you only need to color the back wall a darker color, because visually it will bring the wall closest to you.

  • On the contrary, to lengthen a room, you should keep the ceiling light and paint the walls a darker color.

  •  Furthermore, to “compress” a room it will be enough to paint both, walls and ceiling, with dark color.
    On the contrary, to enlarge, everything will have to be clear.

  • Finally, you can paint everything dark and leave only the back wall light, in contrast to the rest.
    In this case, the wall will give a lot of prominence to whatever element you put in front of it.

USE WISELY COLORS!

Depending on how the walls are colored, the perception of these environments will change and appear more or less deep, wide, high, or low.

Knowing how to play with visual effects can be useful to “improve” an environment.

And it will do without masonry works that perhaps, because of a load-bearing wall, cannot even be done!

If you want to transform home environments, the correct use of color is a fast, and above all, changeable solution !!!

If you still have doubts about how to do it, you can contact me!

 

To Give character to the home is not always easy!

When you furnish your home, you often go to a furniture store and buy more or less all the furniture in the same style, and paint the walls only white, so you can be sure that everything is absolutely harmonious!

Is it wrong?

Absolutely not, God forbid!

There will be nothing that “disturbs” neither those who live in the house nor those who come as guests.

I’ve noticed, however, that this is not an aware choice most of the time, but rather let’s say, a NOT chosen: the easiest decision to avoid making mistakes!

And that’s a pity.

Because you’ll be bored very soon!

The house, in fact, will not fully reflect your personality!

Did you’ve done it too?

If so, let’s see how you can change things, giving character to your home, but, above all, making sure that it really represents yourself!

Obviously, you can’t put many things, maybe of different colors, in a completely random way, it will be like a fist in one eye and so really visible and, somehow, annoying.

So what can you do to create unique environments that truly reflect you?

– MIX OF STYLES

One of the first ways is the mix of styles, you must be careful and do it in a thoughtful and studied way, but it can really give fabulous results.

I mentioned it in my last English video two weeks ago, you can find it here!

Your personality undoubtedly has many facets that cannot be told in a single style, isn’t it?

– WISE USE OF COLORS

Another way to give character to your home is the wise use of colors: colors, indeed, have such strong and impacting psychological meanings.

Knowing how to use them in the right doses and in the right environments can help to create suggestive and captivating atmospheres!

I have talked about color psychology in a video that you can find here.

Personally, I don’t recommend the use of a thousand different colors, although in different rooms.

If you really want to do it, then you should use colors a little desaturated to avoid overloading.

And, above all, you have to seek a common thread that unites these environments with such different shades, so, in this case, maintaining the same style of furniture can be better (we already have a lot of colors!)

– INSERT SOMETHING HANDMADE

Then you could consider inserting something handmade, something made by you, from recycled, taken up, modified… more personal than this what can there be?

I understand that it’s not always easy because it takes imagination and, above all, manual skills!

For the manual work, if you don’t have it, you can easily find a good craftsman to give you a hand.

As for fantasy, you can take a look at books, magazines, furniture stores, and antique markets!

Don’t underestimate antique markets: there are many trinkets, but it happens to find many interesting things!!!

All these things are inexhaustible sources of ideas.

Attention, however, the risk is that you like everything and therefore to make a potpourri anything but harmonious!

That’s why relying on a home professional could be the best thing to do: he will listen to you, understand you and then direct you to the best choices to furnish your home in a way that reflects you 100%.

Where you will ALWAYS feel at ease and those who come to visit you will love your home even if they have tastes totally different from yours, this because it will talk about you!!!

So if you are preparing to furnish your home or if, just because of wrong choices (or not choices) you want to change something in your home do not hesitate to contact me !!!!

The other day a friend told me he wanted to change the colors of his home, that he had read all my posts on the psychology of color, that he had mulled over several times.

But… he absolutely could not decide.

This was because there were too many colors that he liked and somehow felt could represent him.

But, rightly and more importantly, he didn’t want to make his house a harlequin!

So how do you choose the colors of the house when there are so many ideas and maybe even a little confused?

THE FIRST WAY

First of all, we must start from two important data:

– floors and fixtures (especially internal ones such as doors)

– Presence of furniture.

If you don’t want to do a renovation, you have to keep the floors as they are!

There is the possibility to color them, but you absolutely must call a professional, to have a good and lasting result!

So that’s a COLOR already present… and you can’t underestimate it!!!

If the floor has neutral colors, there will be no problems, but if, for example, you have a yellowish floor, you will have to take this into account!

The same goes for interior windows and doors, sure they are definitely easier to stain eventually.

But if you didn’t have the manual skill, didn’t want to, or if you are renting a home and couldn’t, these windows and doors have a color, and you can’t pretend it’s not there.

Finally the furniture: if you already have it and, understandably, you don’t want to change it, even those have their color to keep in mind.

HERE HOW TO USE THE COLORS YOU ALREADY HAVE

Taking these colors already present in the home will be enough to maintain a monochrome house, that is, using the same color more or less saturated.

If you prefer, with the color wheel you can make the right combinations, and you can do them in various ways:

– one is by analogy, that is using the colors close to your main color;

– by extended analogy or not only the neighboring ones but also those immediately after your main color;

– by direct contrast, using the complementary ;

– or by divergent contrast, therefore not the direct complementary, but those on the side, exactly as you see in the picture!

– the last color scheme, the triadic, is obtained by drawing an equilàteral triangle in the wheel!

ANOTHER WAY

There is also another way to find the right colors to take home: it is an indeed funny way.

And this is true whether you start from scratch or have floors, fixtures, and furniture: to use a picture!

Why?

I will tell you.

You have a million pictures under your eyes every day and, among them, there will be some that excite you in a particular way, am I right?

Usually, those photographs have colors that we like and also represent us!

Of course, if you have floors, fixtures, or furniture, look among the photos you love for one that also has those colors or at least very similar.

Now you can take the colors in the photograph and bring them all to your home!

HOW TO PICK COLORS FROM A PICTURE

How to do it?

Well, if you don’t have photography programs, you can search for a program on the internet or an app on your mobile phone that can create color palettes for you from photos!

For pc, for example, you have HD Rainbow or Adobe color.

And for mobile there are many, but I can recommend Palette, which applies to both android and ios, or Adobe capture.

For example, from phone, I made this test:

Can you see?

It also gives you the RGB color which is how much red, green, and blue are in this color, in every color.

You can also get, always with one of the many programs on the internet, to the colors NCS, Sikkens, or Ral which are the most used for the colors of the walls.

Not only that, it gives you, for each color also the complementary and some matches!

If the program would only give you Hex codes, you don’t have to worry: the color manufacturers will absolutely know how to convert them, or, even there, there are plenty of converters on the internet.

If a photo has struck you and makes you feel an emotion, easily also the colors captured will create it.

PAY ATTENTION!

Be aware, however! You have to know how to dose them!!!

They cannot all be used in a quantitatively undifferentiated way!

Neutral colors can be used with more lightness, but characterizing colors should be used as accent colors, in small to medium doses.

And especially they have to be calmed, and also emphasized, by neutrals, such as white.

They serve to give character, but too much can then stew!

If you are not sure how to change your home colors, if you are afraid of making a mistake, you can always contact me:

Find the meaning of the colors and how to use them at home!

Each of us has his favorite color, which we wear as often as we can and which we often bring home coloring the walls or with textiles, objects, and paintings…

Colors have their meanings that give us an idea about who is wearing them.

Let’s see together the intrinsic meaning of the various colors and how to use them at home!

(if you prefer you can watch it on my YouTube channel!)

– RED:

it is the color of Love, Strength, Energy, Passion, and Excitement.
But it is also the symbol of blood and danger.

In interiors: very well in the living room and the kitchen, always taking care to balance it with some neutral colors, red is color really intense, it gives a strong personality!

Pay attention to its use in the bedrooms because its exciting component may not let you sleep well, as it speeds up the heartbeat!

To be avoided, except in small doses, if there is a hypertensive person in the house!

It is a color that goes with many colors, creating settings very different and suggestive!

rosso - red

BLUE:

it is the color that represents Trust, Loyalty, Competence, Intellect, Peace, and Elegance.
At the same time, it can generate sadness and coldness.

In interiors: you can use it in any environment, it is suitable everywhere, but you have to warm it up with some element of another shade!

A timeless and very elegant combination is with gray!

Pay attention in rooms exposed to the north because if not well balanced and heated, the blue will become bleak and even colder.

blu - blue

YELLOW:

it is the color of Happiness, Carefree, Energy, Creativity, and Good Humor.
However, it has a downside because it can be an indicator of superficiality.

In interiors: be careful not to abuse it, because too many risks becoming really noisy, then balance it with other colors.

For example, with blue or with purple, if you like it, because they are actually good allies and, being his complementary, also give a lot of dynamism to the house.

Excellent for its use in the kitchen and the dining room.

But be careful, although it is the color that matches nature and the earth for its radiance, I suggest you avoid its use on outdoor textiles because it attracts insects!

Giallo - yellow

GREEN:

it is easy to guess that it’s the color of Nature, but it also represents Freshness, Growth, Quality, and Tranquility.
Attention, however, that it could also turn into immobility.

In interiors: it helps concentration and rest, and promotes calm, so, if you like it as a color, it’s definitely great in the studio, in the bedroom, and in the living room!

To avoid making the rooms too fixed, enliven it with touches of other colors.

There are two places where it is better not to use it that are the kitchen and dining room, if not with small touches.

This is because you have to know that it does not favor digestion because green reflects on the faces giving the impression of unhealthy skin!

verde - green

ORANGE:

it is the color of Sociality, self-confidence, Boldness, Success, and Friendship.
On the other hand, it is a color that can generate distraction and chaos.

In interiors: f you love this color, you have to know that it promotes interpersonal relationships, so it’s good in common areas.

On the other hand, orange is not very proper for symbolizing luxury.

If you have children and want to use it in their room, just avoid applying it in front of their desk because they will have a problem concentrating on their studies!

Curiosity about this color: the dove-grey color, which was used very much a few years ago, is orange less saturated!

arancione - orange

– PINK:

It is the color of Sweetness, Empathy, Sincerity, Sophisticated, and Playful.
At the same time, it can be a sign of fragility and transience.

By now, it’s a typically female color, but you must know that it was originally a masculine color because deriving from red, it also represented strength!

In interiors: it is a color that can be used in all environments giving a touch of glamour to the home!

rosa - pink

VIOLET:

It represents Ambition, Luxury, Regality, Spirituality, and Balance.
On the other hand, especially in its darker shades, it could transmit anxiety.

In interiors: being a meditative color, you can use it anywhere; however, the ideal is to play it down with neutral colors.

In convivial areas, try to use it in little doses; it is an introspective color, so it does not promote sociability!!

viola - violet

BLACK:

it is a color in all respects.
It forever is the color that symbolizes Class, Elegance, Reliability, Formality, and Security.
On the other hand, it represents darkness and death.

It is the color of elegance par excellence.

In interiors: in order not to make it gloomy, it should be illuminated with sparkling ornaments such as gold, copper, or silver, played down with touches of light colors, and then it has to be softened with textiles such as silk, lace, and velvet.

The total black is not recommended, it can reach 80/90% of black, no more because the environment becomes very strong, but not in a positive sense, but in a negative one.

Black - Nero

–  BROWN:

this color represents Austerity, Longevity, Strength, and Vigor.
But it can also be an indicator of harshness!

It is a warm color, suitable in all environments. It is less “dramatic” than black, but also for brown, softening it with light colors is a good thing.

Marrone - Brown

– NEUTRAL (Grays or Beige):

They are usually used as a background because they Calm and give much Tranquility!
Here too, there is the downside because they can generate melancholy and sadness.

In interiors: they are colors that usually everyone likes because they are a mix of various colors.

For this reason, they also adapt to all styles and multiple combinations.

A shrewdness, however, there are two types of beige: the taupe, which tends to pink, and the sand, which tends to yellow, it would be better to avoid mixing these two nuances that do not match well!

Neutri - Neutral

WHITE:

as black, it is a color!

It is the color that indicates Purity, Freshness, and Candor.
At the same time, it creates detachment and the absence of references.

In interiors: he is often treated as a “non-color”, but although he is a neutral and helps to often downplay some other colors, he himself is a hue in his own right and should be managed!

If you like and want a total white house, remember to work well with surfaces, avoiding shiny ones, and putting textiles to prevent a cold and repelling environment!

If it is great in places where the climate is warm or in environments where it is crucial to emphasize hygiene is better to avoid it in places of socialization because it tends to make us close in on ourselves!

Bianco - White

How about you? Which of these colors represents you, and which color meaning do you find yourself in the most?
Tell me about yourself by commenting below!

If you need a color consultation, don’t hesitate to contact me!

(photo from Pinterest)