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Make it Interesting Part 9

Make it Interesting

In our last lesson we learned about common period and popular color schemes, in today’s lesson we will learn about making a color scheme interesting.

(By the way – the next lesson is what you have been waiting for, how to collate and present your color scheme. You are nearly at the end of your ecourse, keep up the good work.)

Now – Make it Interesting!

I look at myself as an interior designer and decorator and compare some of my skills and design process to that of an artist or painter. We start with a blank canvas and slowly we layer on the paint (in my case the finishes) until we have the look we want to create, we can also remove certain pieces when we see that our creative vision has gone too far.

So as a painter creates a work of art to provide visual pleasure to the viewer – the interior designer or decorator creates even more as they create an encompassing feeling and a mood to an interior space. Light and airy, warm and cozy, neat and functional, smart yet casual, traditional and stable. Interior designers and decorators dictate how we want the person inside the interior space to feel. Yes, color evokes feelings and it is important to become familiar with these because it really can be awful if you unwittingly make a space difficult to live in by your color choices. For example red in the bedroom – this color whilst a romantic color actually increases your heart rate, warms you up, makes you feel hungry and these feelings are not really what you want when you are trying to unwind and relax in your bedroom. Learn about the color meanings, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, gray and brown.

Now back to making it interesting. A color scheme needs to reflect the people it is designed for and by taking a client brief – as I always stress in all my ecourses, means you can understand what your client expects of you and the color scheme.

Free downloadable form on taking a client brief, article on the importance of a successful design – a good client brief

Once you have done this you can then take a look from the outside and see in to what the client’s life really symbolizes. It could be the style and period of their home and furnishings, the house location – nestled in the native bush perhaps, the souvenirs from world travels, their love of boating and all things nautical, rich family bonding, love of antique furniture, collection of hand panted elephants! Who knows what the client may be into until you take that brief, and from your brief you can select colors that express your client and work with their theme or interest to make their color scheme uniquely personal and special to their individual needs. Let’s face it, if you look at many of the glossy magazines, not all but many that are selling a lot of advertising, all the interiors are staged with trend focused colors and nick knacks, they don’t look lived in or have a personality. An interior color scheme should make you feel welcome when you walk into a home, it should express the personality of the owners and make you feel comfortable.

I will give you one experience that really reminded me of the importance of using color to suit the owners. I went to a house warming party once, admittedly I didn’t know the couple that well and they were recently married. The interior was open plan, timber floors to the living area, white kitchen and red everywhere else. Light fittings, paintings, cushions, rugs, flowers, carpets – you name it it was red. I felt uncomfortable right from the beginning. I couldn’t relax, I felt short of breath, so I had a walk around, and could not find anything personal in the place. It really was horrible. I had to go home early.

So now you have finished reading part nine, if you still have time, go and read your related articles, if not come back again and read them in your spare time. In three days time you will receive your next lesson common colating and presenting color schemes, if you don’t receive it in three days, then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for three days then you can find part ten here online.

Bye for now


Lee Brown

Color Ecourse Coordinator