Colour has a huge impact on our emotions, our physical and spiritual well being. Our colour choice in clothes, as well as in our home, define who we are, offering a playful form of self expression. Bold and vivacious, or understated and demure, colour and texture can create an evocative atmosphere that has the power to soothe our mood or uplift our spirits.
Red, Yellow, Orange, Hot Pink and Mauve, are often frightening colours to use. They are associated with sun-drenched hues, fire, exotic spices … They evoke energy.
Red is the colour of blood and fire. It represents passion, lust, and desire.
It is associated with:
The red carpet
“ In the Red “
“ Seeing Red
“ Painting the town Red “
“ Red herring “
” Red flag “
Cayenne, Turmeric, Saffron, Cinnamon, Ginger, Paprika …
If you are nervous about these colours, try using small accents first, such as a cushion, a throw or a rug. A splash of strong colour will warm up a room, exude rich opulence and create drama.YELLOW Van Gogh room in Arles Claude Monet’s kitchen in Geverny
YELLOW, the colour of sunshine, symbolises hope, energy and happiness
“ Yellow ribbons “
“ Mellow Yellow “
“ Les Gilets Jaunes “ have been front page news in France in recent
months (not so happy)
Lemon, Grapefruit, Bananas, Sun Flowers, Daffodils, Mimosa, Lichen, Mustard …MAUVE The COLD TONES BLUE Yves Klein Blue painting BLUE represents the sky and the sea. It is associated with peace and tranquillity. Therefore it’s especially suitable for rooms to relax in. Cool arctic blue offers a simple, understated feel, while rich tones of inky indigo and cobalt create a dramatic ambience. The Simple Life But, blue can be easily warmed up, mixed with warm materials – a wooden floor, a brick wall, a velvet sofa or a leather chair. Because it visually enlarges a space, it is often especially recommended for small spaces, like bathrooms, kitchen, loos, attics … For drama, use a warm colour as contrast – burgundy, red, shocking pink, orange, sharp green, yellow, turquoise, or soft pastels. BLUE associations: See my BLUE post GREEN Lotimena.com Chez moi in Provence GREEN radiates life, nature, renewal, and energy. Unrivalled by any other colour, it inspires a vigorous environment that encourages a feeling of tranquillity and serenity. Green is understood to be the most restful and relaxing of all colours. Blame the climate crisis or the carbon footprint, but Green has been a hot topic recently, and fashion is always a reflexion of what’s going on in the world, be it politics, art, culture or commerce, and interior design trends often follow fashion trends. Green is cool. Different shades of Green: Emerald, Sea Green, Forest, Apple, Olive, Lime, Mint, Chartreuse … Meanings associated with GREEN
“The grass is Greener“
“Green with Envy”
PASTELS See my post La Vie en Rose Molly Goddard Pastel hues embody serenity, restful and a calming haven COLOUR COMBINATIONS Andy Warhol Opposites attract one another. But keep a palette of no more than four colours in a room, and make sure that one of them is white, neutral, or black, which will provide a balance to the others. Also remember, it is easier to associate a warm colour to a cold one than two hot colours. Here are some of my favourites colour combinations: Yellow/ Turquoise Valentino Green/ Blue Mixing Green, Blue and Turquoise together represent nature, calm, and tranquillity. Pink/Red/ Yellow Chez moi in Provence Dare to mix Red, Orange, Yellow, or Hot Pink together to bring drama to a room. Pairing Pink to Terracotta and Brown adds strength. Pink with soft Grey, Silver and White becomes dusty and romantic. Blue / Red/ Yellow Valentino Pink / Red Zandra Rhodes at home Givenchy I love Pink and Red together. It has an exotic feel. Navy Blue and White create a nautical palette, associated with holidays by the sea and sailing. But the list is endless. There are no rules. Try various combinations. Be daring and the end result might surprise you. PANTONE What is Pantone? PANTONE is the worldwide leader for the supply of colours, for selecting, presenting, specifying, and communicating colours. PANTONE is the most widely used system for colour communication in the arts industry, as well as fashion, textiles, architecture and interior design. Whether you are a designer, a manufacturer, a consultant, or simply a client, PANTONE can be used to communicate precise colour to any corner of the world. Happy Decorating!