7 Elements of Interior Design Series: Part 5 – Understanding ‘Colour’.


In part 5 of this 7-part series exploring the seven elements of interior design, we discuss ‘Colour’. Developing a basic understanding of the 7 elements of interior design as a real estate photographer assists you in easily identifying the elements (within an interior or exterior space) in which you can work with to create a more visually striking composition.

The colour element complements the light within a space and plays an important role in developing the mood and influencing the illusion of the size of the room or space. Darker wall colors make a room feel slightly smaller, but bold, and lighter colours provide the opposite affect.

An example of black/dark paint in a bedroom.

Colors have the ability to stimulate an emotional and physical response. For example red represents romance but can also be linked to feelings of enmity, so it is best for the festive season or for ‘social’ rooms within the home such as the living and dining rooms. Exposure to pink is known to have an opposite affect to its primary color (red) by instilling a calming effect on most people. Best utilised in children’s rooms, lighter shades of pink portray feelings of love and benevolence.

An example of light pink in a room – known to produce a ‘calming affect’. Photo by Євгенія Височина on Unsplash

Another calming color is blue as it generates a cool sensationthat helps people feel relaxed and balanced. It is the dominant colour in coastal themed interior design and is perfect for bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms. The intensity of the colour is usually controlled with the shade of blue used – by using lighter shades for a cooler affect and darker shades of blue for a cosier, warmer feeling.

Blue colours are great for producing a relaxed space and creating a ‘coastal theme’.

The colour yellow is an energetic color known to boost mood levels, which makes it great in the kitchen, normally the first place a person visits in the morning. It is also a great color for bouncing natural light throughout the space. Orange is also an energetic color bursting with excitement and joy, making it great in social rooms, but should be avoided in bedrooms and rooms designed for relaxation.

An example of a vibrant yellow themed kitchen.

The color white produces a happy medium between feelings of calm and energy, and can make your rooms feel more spacious, light and airy. It is also ‘timeless’ and using this color for ceilings creates an illusion of height. A generally safe neutral colour, white represents purity, cleanliness and composure.

A white interior can make the space feel ‘light and airy’.

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