Colour is perhaps one of the most powerful tools we have at our fingertips for visually manipulating your interior design & feel & flow of your home design.
DARK COLOURS ADVANCE
Using dark colours in your interior design will do several things. Firstly dark colours can help walls or a ceiling advance in a space. Using a dark colours such as navy or charcoal on walls will close in a space and make the walls actually appear to be closer to you. This is a good trick to use in an overly large space when you want to create a more intimate feel to a space. Painting a ceiling dark will significantly make the ceiling appear to be encroaching on a space and would be best used when the ceiling is very high.
LIGHT COLOURS RECEEDE
The use of pale or light colours in an interior has the opposite effect of using dark colours. Using light colours will serve to open up a space and visually appear much larger than the space may actually be. This is why most ceilings are actually white-to create the optical illusion of a higher ceiling! To open up a space such as a small powder room or study, it is a good idea to keep the walls painted in pale tones to avoid feeling claustrophobic in a small space!
LIGHT AND BRIGHT
Using light colours creates a light and happy mood or atmosphere providing a stark white is not used (as this can actually create a clinical feel ). Soft pale hues tend to create a more relaxed and feminine feel to a space. Try using off white curtains instead of dark ones for example, and the whole feel of your room will instantly feel different.
BOLD AND BRIGHT
Using bright colours well can also create a myriad of different looks and feelings in your space. Bright splashes of colour can liven up an interior and really uplift a space if it is looking a little lacklustre. Using too many clashing colours can be chaotic, while using a more restrained colour palette tends to create more harmony. For example, in a Hamptons style home, you may just want to select shades of blues and navy for accessorizing, while in a teenage retreat you may want to enliven the space using several complementary colours at one time.
So go on, and experiment with these trick and colour your life beautiful!