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Colour and Light

12 April 2021
Colour and Light

Colour and light are inevitably jointed. Light bounces off colour ever changing its shades and sentiment. Before redecorating, determine what mood the house is portraying and what expression you want to either change or continue with. Choosing the right shade of colour for each room is essential, let the shades flow, connect into one another. Often the same colour can be used in different rooms, giving a different result. Establish the visual ‘temperature’ of the room, what is it's character, is it to be enhanced, balanced, what else? We all know light colour ‘lifts’ and dark colour ‘closes’ a space. But which light or dark colour best to use to effectively serve the space at hand, is another matter. Listen to your space, it will tell if we listen. Space strangely has its preferences, don't look at the neighbours choice, follow your instinct.

Bold can be varied from just one feature wall or used through the entire home. Bright, bold is useful to enhance a certain area, giving it more ‘presence’. Dark bold, muted colours bring warmth and intimacy. If used throughout a home, there needs to be a muddy 'neutral' tone as a 'connecter' between the bold. Colours always needs to flow in synchronicity, keeping all rooms connected., no matter if on a dark or lighter palette.

Before deciding on the choice of light in a room, we need to see how best to support the space. Mostly down lights are in place as standard. Downlight is practical but kills all sense of volume in space as it ‘washes' space equally, making it 'flat'. If down-lights are not on a dimmer, the often sharp light makes it unattractive. Down-light should be kept as backdrop light only.

During the day, see how natural light flows into the room, where are the dark corners, how is the seating arranged. What features of interest are there to be enhanced, how is the room used? A room is shaped through the use of a variety of light sources on different heights, creating islands of interest, drama, intimacy, whatever feels most pleasing for the setting at hand.

The use of floor and table light is essential to create ‘islands’ of focus and shape. These help create a mood, a setting, inviting the visitor to spend time in their company, linger, feel comfortable. Dark corners are integrated into the room by adding light so the space flows more organically. Light focus helps to enhance a still-life setting or architectural features, inviting to the pleasure of contemplation, much needed in our hectic lives. Light helps to focus, such as a light over a dining table, creating a borderline by the light flow and so includes all around the table while keeping the room at large out, light unites people.

Better to choose a candle light than bad light, it helps bring us back to ourselves instead of shattering our world. Light is energy made visible, light contains many colours, giving it a variety of tones, like music, to enliven, lift our everyday. Let light shine so it supports us, making us feel better and so be more at ease with ourselves and our life.