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The Science of Colors

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Interior designers know how to make space work and are experts at creating mood. It's about light, color, texture and three-dimensional arrangements that contribute greatly to the way humans respond in any environment-whether at home, at play or in their day-to-day work spaces. Interior designers understand how to develop residential or commercial spaces, to use light and combinations of space, form and function. The variations can be endless, but as an interior designer, so is the creative process.

We all know that all colors are made up of three primary colors - red, blue and green - in various combinations. Secondary colors are made up of mixing of these primary colors such as cyan; yellow and purple while tertiary colors are made up of mixing the secondary colors to the primary colors such as reddish orange and yellowish green.

Absence of all the three colors make up an absolute black, which is almost non-existent, and the black we normally talk about is actually a tint or shade of the actual color. Similarly all these three colors mixed in equal parts would produce pure white light such as sunlight. Colors that we are talking about are actually the light particles reflected by a substance when the source absorbs the rest of it. It is actually the tints, tones, values and shades of the basic key hues that make our world so colorful to look at.

Let us see, the actual meaning of the words used above:
  • Hue means Color such as red color or red hue,
  • Tint means the pure color mixed with white such as tints of red means red mixed with white color to produce different kind of reds and pinks,
  • Tone of a color means that the pure color is mixed with grey,
  • Value of a color means the lightness and darkness of a shade achieved by the sheer or deeper application of the color,
  • Key colors are the dominant colors that we have chosen for room or home d├ęcor, while
    Shade of a color means that the pure color is mixed with black.
Paint Color Combinations In the palette of beautiful shades, you will be astonished to see the exotic variety of home paint colors that are hitting the market. There are distinct color types like we have rich contrasting shades and neutral harmonious colors. While choosing room colors, make sure that there should be some color balancing so that it gives a connecting look to the rooms but at the same time each room has its own distinctive personality and a unique flavor.

Latest trend is of going in for complementary colors, which have the elements of both light and bright. Such paint color combinations add excitement and freshness to the home. Boring part of light shade is compensated by adding on some bright color to it. To make sure that bright does not look too vibrant, you can add some coolness to it by incorporating light color. Light and bright make a fabulous combo, ideal for all seasons. The best idea is to use these complementary colors in your drawing room, dining hall and kitchen.

Complementary shades are just apt for party venues. For this contrast look, experiment with different fabrics, patterns, wall hangings, sceneries and wooden articles. A couple of combinations that are smoothly sailing are blue and orange, red and green, purple and gold, light dull pink and apple green. The best way of using two colors is to maintain the basic main look with a single color and use the second counterpart to add on some charm but this second shade shouldn't be in equal proportion as the first one. So, give your sweet home a unique personality with each room having its own distinct identity.


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