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CREATING BALANCE WITH COLOUR

Decorating with colour can be a daunting experience for many people. This explains why neutral colours are used so often in homes. They are safe. Do try some other colours now you know the meanings. Experiment with accessories or new bed linen. Understanding how to use colours effectively is fun. You will also feel very different about your bedroom and what goes on in it when you have a little courage.

The use of complementary colours can do more than enhance the look of a room. They also create emotional balance. The predominant use of any colour has a psychological impact, so adding a complementary colour to the scheme can balance the psychological effect of the main colour. This is very appealing visually and many of you already intuitively do this. The basic complementary colours are:

Think carefully before combining colours. Consider the intensity of each colour. When you place complementary colours next to each other, they intensify one another. While in some settings this works, it can also be overpowering, and softening the intensity of one of the colours may create a more appealing combination. Play around with accessories, samples of fabric or even paper to see the effect of using complementary colours in your bedroom. Think how well red and green go together in Christmas decorations. Unless the balance of each colour is carefully addressed in a bedroom, this may be overwhelming. However, choosing a lighter green with some ivory or cream, then adding accents of red can create an eyecatching combination.

Purple and yellow in their purest form may be too overpowering for most of us. Predominantly yellow in a bedroom may make you over-critical and analytical. Predominantly purple in a bedroom may take you into the escapist fantasy realms. What to do? In the yellow room, add touches of purple to balance the mental energies of yellow. In the purple room, add touches of yellow to balance the imagination.

Orange and blue constitute a strong combination, probably too strong for a bedroom, yet soft peach or apricot, with accents of dark or bright blue is stunning. The truth about colour is that it is an individual choice. What one person likes, another abhors. It is absolutely personal and shows the emotional connection to colour.

Other combinations which work well together are:

TURQUOISE – WITH RED,

OR PINK, OR MAGENTA, OR LEMON

YELLOW – WITH DARK BLUE, OR ELECTRIC

BLUE OR DEEP GREEN

PALE BLUE – WITH DEEP PINK OR MAGENTA

MEDIUM TO DARK GREEN – WITH PEACH,

APRICOT OR GOLD

With all other types of colour schemes, such as harmonious and triadic, the ensuing mix of colours will also create emotional balance.

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