Colors play a fundamental role in the decor of a home. Too often color is overshadowed, you begin to choose the style of furniture you want to create and the type of furniture you prefer, assuming that the walls will be painted in that particular color you like so much. Then comes the furniture and with them the blow: the color chosen for the walls clashes incredibly with the furniture!
As we are all scrupulous in combining sweaters, trousers and shoes so as not to leave the house in the morning in the shoes of an improvised Harlequin, we should also pay great attention to the choice of home colors.
It is not just a question of taste in combining colors and shades, there are also other good reasons to consider if you want to create a welcoming environment that strikes the eye … Positive, of course!
Perception of spaces: dark colors absorb light and tend to restrict the rooms from view. On the contrary, white and light colors reflect light giving a perception of larger spaces than they are in reality.
The mood: colors also have the great power to modulate the mood of a person, as well as the mood of an environment, and it is precisely for this reason that, more and more often, in the design phase of the furniture of an environment the color scheme comes into play.
What is armocromia?
Armocromia is a science that studies the harmony between colors and how they can change the visual perception of a place or even of a person.
It is often associated with the world of image consultancy but, especially in the last period, even interior designers rely on this discipline for their creations.
During the consultation, the undertone (warm or cold), the chromatic value (light or dark) and the intensity (high, medium or low) are evaluated in order to place the analyzed person in one of the 4 main palettes to which he was given the name of the 4 seasons: summer, winter, spring and autumn.
Composed of colors with cool undertones, light color values and low intensity.
In the Summer palette there are powdered, pastel colors and mother of pearl. The basic colors of this season are white (not bright), gray and taupe, to be combined with colors such as pink, lilac, light blue, aqua green and cyclamen.
A palette characterized by cold undertones, dark color values and high intensity.
The Winter palette, unlike the summer, has strong and intense colors , contains deep and dark shades, such as black and gray, and others with which they are in stark contrast, such as white and ivory. The colors that match this palette are purple, electric blue and deep red, like that of berries.
The Primavera palette is characterized by warm undertones , light color value and high intensity. It includes colors such as beige, terracotta, apricot, warm yellow, coral and all shades of red and orange that are reminiscent of the sunset. Some shades of green and blue are also included in the Spring palette, but having high intensity this season recalls very bright and radiant colors with warm undertones.
A color palette characterized by warm undertone, dark color value and low intensity. With spring it shares the warm undertone but, in respect of the name it bears, the autumn palette is mainly based on colors that recall the season of the same name, as well as the colors of the woods: green, yellow and brown. These colors go perfectly with beiges, reds and oranges in soft tones. For lovers of blue, a very trendy color in this palette is teal.
This philosophy is useful for balancing and harmonizing the colors of your home, but be careful not to combine the same colors too much: monotony is always lurking around the corner. To create a harmonious environment it is necessary to start from a dominant color, a minor color and a complementary one. The dominant color , for example, can be that of the floor, walls or main furniture.
You can start by choosing the dominant color by fishing at will between the warm and cold undertones, it will be the basis from which to select the minor and the complementary color. It is essential that there is consistency of undertone between all the colors chosen.
In cases where it is more difficult to combine furniture with the colors of the room, the inclusion of glass furniture will prove to be an excellent solution. This type of furniture fits with extreme ease and discretion in any type of environment, adding a touch of elegance and refinement that never hurts.
Autumn palette in the living room
Considering brown with warm shades of parquet as the dominant color of the living room, the rest of the room will have to be adjusted accordingly. The reference colors must therefore be: brown, ocher, dark gray, orange and red. For example, the parquet could be combined with armchairs or a red sofa, an ocher coffee table that matches the color of the cushions on the sofa and a lamp.