While some of the elements and principles of design are harder to discern, color is one that people of all ages easily recognize and appreciate. From the time we can form words, we’re asked, “What’s your favorite color?” Because of this, it seems we’re trained from childhood to notice color before anything else.
We might not instantly identify the subtle pattern play of fabrics, or the scale and proportion of the art on the walls, but most people would agree that our eyes pick up immediately on the dominating colors of a room.
Because color is so closely related to emotion and mood, it is easily one of the most important aspects of design (and one of our favorites). Color can be so powerful that it influences unrelated perceptions, such as how our food tastes.
Color psychology shows that the palette of a room can directly affect our behavior and disposition. When you think about how a stark white doctor’s office makes you feel compared to a red velvet covered theater room, it’s clear how color (or lack thereof) can play an enormous role in design.
According to the color chart, this client’s breakfast room conveys feelings of harmony and dependability – an ideal environment to begin the day.
In February, we had the pleasure of meeting local designer and professional colorist Sara Eliason at an event hosted by FOUND. Picking the right hue for a space is Sara’s passion and talent – she recently gave a TED talk on the topic. In her talks she explains how the use of colors within design isn’t just superficial – it affects how we live our lives.
Sara believes that everyone has a unique color palette that suits them – and we agree. When we begin the design process for a new project, choosing the right colors is central to making the client’s house feel like home.
“Beige is atmosphere. It’s bisque, it’s ivory, it’s cream, it’s stone, it’s toast, it’s cappuccino. It’s, well, it’s magic.” – Albert Hadley