evokes a particular emotion. Browse through this section
and enjoy giving your space its own distinctive look.
Shades of blue can be used for a restful or a bold effect.
Pale blue has a calming effect and gives space to a
room. A darker blue will draw things closer and add
depth. Blue teams up smartly with browns and whites.
So next to a wooden bookshelf, it builds up a striking
There is nothing that reflects natural light better
than white. Snow-white walls and cabinets make a room
sparkle. Wood and metal contrast with white and this
highlights furnishings. The best is that in a stark
white room, you can splash any colours of your choice
on the curtains and linen.
Yellow is a happy colour ?it gives a lift to black
and white. It merges effortlessly with pastels, warms
to red, and makes wood glow. Rich golds are elegant
and used for traditional settings while darker yellows
are quieter and cut glare. Dark yellow teams up best
with white and contrasts well with green, blue, and
Green is perfect background for any other colour of
your choice. Use a bluish green to cool off a room that
is too bright or warm a cold room with a yellow that
leans towards green. Whatever you choose, you will get
summertime warmth in winter and grassy coolness in summer.
Pinks are delicate and soft. They blend wonderfully
with grays, browns, sharp blues. Because pink is essentially
a pastel, it should be used with a stronger colour to
highlight its pleasant tone. Used in a party room, pink
Remember wood is a colour. Earthy and comfortable, brown
ranges from the palest of cream-beiges to the deepest
of chocolate brown. Because any brown tone is essentially
warm, cool colours should be used as accents.
Red is warm and welcoming. Too much red can distract
so it should be used with care in family rooms. A splash
of red on a wall or a fireplace or a rug creates a dramatic
effect. Select a fabric with a cool background colour
like gray, blue, or green and a dominant red in the
pattern. Use only one pattern throughout the room and
balance the red there with your accessories. If yours
is too warm a room, try the pale purple-violet family
in large areas.
Grey is cool and contemporary. Pale grey pushes walls
away to create space. Varying in range from a light
to medium value, grey is an elegant neutral value for
all furnishings. If you like stark contrasts, set off
grey against bright tones, whites and blacks. To get
a blended background, warm grey with blue, brown, or
yellow depending on your colour choice.
or Contrast :
Combining, or contrasting colours can be the point of
departure that gives an interior its individuality,
a personality of its own. Combine white with beige ?
the result is glowing sophistication. Contrast red or
black with white ?the result is stark, bright and stylish.