Whilst many of us take colour for granted, the truth is, colour affects our emotions and feelings which can evoke passion, stimulate the senses, and set the mood. Without colour, the world would be a dreary and bland place.
Colour is not only an extension of ourselves, but also part of the surrounding environment, and needs to sit happily within the space. We are drawn to certain colours and for various reasons. The colours we wear reflect our mood, while the colours we decorate our homes with, reflect our desires. Sometimes we want a space to feel dark, cozy and warm while other times we want it light, open and spacious. As for the colour scheme for your business premises, it needs to send a welcoming message.
‘Colour can soothe, it can WOW, it can seduce, it can empower … it puts the mood into motion’ by Rebecca Moses
What does a colour consultant do?
A colour consultant is a trained professional who has flair and passion for colour. Some colour consultants use colour psychology (yes, colour psychology really is a science) working alongside hospital, mental institute and nursing homes, to find just the right colour combinations for special rooms, corridors and shared spaces. Other consultants advise businesses of the best use and practise of colour as it relates to branding, website design and office layouts.
A trained colour consultant can develop a personal colour palette which creates flow and unity that begins with the exterior and continues throughout. Depending on the starting point, a colour consultant will consider how your bricks, pavers, roofing, windows, flooring, tiles and paint work together to create a singular style for your design scheme. Additional surfaces may include fencing, paving, guttering, tiles, carpet, laminate and bench tops. For those who are looking to refresh the interior colour of their home, colour consultants will take into consideration the mood you are looking to create, as well as the style of your home.
A skilled colour consultant will help you make your space a unique and tailored representation of your personal style. As well as brings knowledge of colour theory, latest colour inspirations and understanding of light to make your home a happy and enjoyable space.
Colour and light are closely connected, colour cannot exist without light. A colour consultant’s job is to assess the availability and quality of light in the space, and to best show the dynamic relationship between them. Colours look different in varying aspects of light, whilst light doesn’t change colour, it does affect the appearance of it. Colours at sunset and sunrise look richer and more full-bodied. However, as light disappears into the evening, colours begin to lose their hue.
In an interior environment the difference between night and day (artificial and natural light) can be quite dramatic. By analysing how the space will be used, and at what time of the day, a colour consultant can judge how natural and artificial light will affect the colour design schemes.
With over 35,000 tints, shades and tones available in the colour selection of any well-known paint company, the colour scheme choice can be overwhelming for some. Just as difficult is imagining how a small sample of colour will look and change when applied across an entire wall. Colour consultants will remove this uncertainty for you.
Colour consultation process
A colour consultation begins in your home. A typical appointment usually lasts 3 hours, but that will also depend on the size of your home. Colour consultants will asses each space individually, asking you many questions and gathering specific information for each space. He or she will discuss interior walls, architraves, ceilings, doors, skirtings and kitchen cabinetry. If needed, your colour consultant can also choose exterior colours, including gutters, downpipes, doors and windows.
In addition, we at House of Design can also help choose bench-tops, upholstery fabrics, furniture, floor tiles, timber flooring, carpet and any other home deco required such as lighting, wallpaper, curtains. No matter how much you elect to do on your own, we can advise and guide you, so that you can be confident of achieving an overall interior colour design scheme that works.
House of Design will provide you with specifications electronically, and deliver them at the end of the consultation before we leave your home; other consultants have alternative methods of delivering the colour design scheme. We also specify all colours by paint manufacturer, strength and code. This document is laid out in a table format, and easy to read intended for trade use with complimentary A4 colour samples to help you visualise the final outcome.
House of Design offers a personal interior design and colour consulting service with flair and experience – we service all Adelaide area as well as country clients with our virtual on-line service. You will be surprised how easy and affordable expert colour design consultancy advice is. To make an enquiry, or booking a design consultation please contact us.
Colour wisdom comes from the heart. Rules, theories and other people’s opinions just get in the way! (Janice Lindsay) Do you agree?!? leave a comment
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