Master the basics and learn how colour works with our how to guide.
Turn up the temperature or keep it cool with the use of colour. Colours are divided into two groups, warm and cool. Your choice of colour will impact mood and depth perception, so it's important to decide if you want the colour to recede or provide a strong focus. Take a look at both colour groups below.
Such as red, yellow and orange; evoke warmth because they remind us of things like the sun or fire. These colours draw attention to the space and are a strong focus in the overall look of the room.
Such as blue, green, and purple (violet); evoke a cool feeling because they remind us of things like water or grass. These colours are softer to the eye and will give you a feeling of a larger space within the room.
This refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour.
Adding black darkens tone, adding white lightens it.
Hue is another word for colour, and is the foundation of any colour scheme. Hues can be Primary (red, blue and yellow), Secondary (mixes of two primary colours) or tertiary (combinations of primary and secondary colours)
Natural and artifical light impacts the way colours present themselves.
Bright rooms flooded with natural light, look great with cool whites and neutrals
While warmer whites brighten up dimmer or south facing rooms.
Chroma literally means 'colourful' and 'bright' and refers to the intensity of the colour. Chroma colours are bold and make a room or surface pop. They are best used on feature walls or focal points like a front door.