The Power of Colour

August 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Design Space

This is a guest article by Vitania M Liscio. Thanks & welcome Vitania!

One of the most important decisions you will make when decorating your home is the colour scheme. For many, deciding on colours that represent your personality and lifestyle is overwhelming and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. If you take the time to think about some of the most beautiful places you have been, and why you remember them so clearly, the decisions may come a little easier. Colour is an incredibly powerful tool for creating mood and ambience, so take the time to make choices that will reflect your lifestyle.

Image from Denny Daikeler, Country Living

Image from Denny Daikeler, Country Living

Take inspiration from nature, a lush green hillside, a blue sky over a sandy beach, or an orange sunset over a calm lake. A simple fond memory like a red sofa in a boutique hotel or the aubergine walls of a Moroccan restaurant can instill the comfort you need to colour your space. Then consider how you move throughout the day. How do you want to feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you like to ease your way into the day? A soothing blue might be a good choice in your bedroom. Or maybe you want to be invigorated, add some bright orange to put some bounce in your step.

Images from Sarah Richardson: West Coast Classic & Sarah's House for HGTV2

Images from Sarah Richardson: West Coast Classic & Sarah's House for HGTV2

When you come home from a long day of work, where and what will help you unwind? Yellow can create a very happy space, a wonderful choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Green is a very peaceful colour that works brilliantly in any room. The colour closest to nature and most calming to the senses is a suitable choice for a dining room, where your guests can sit and enjoy good company and stimulating conversation.

Images from L-R Gary McBournie, House Beautiful; Sarah Richardson, Sarah's House for HGTV

Images from L-R Gary McBournie, House Beautiful; Sarah Richardson, Sarah's House for HGTV

It’s also very important to remember to keep continuity throughout your home. Start with a neutral base and let the colours flow from room to room. Keeping a neutral base will allow you to easily change up your décor from season to season, with minimal effort. For example, if you are inspired by sea, sky and sand, you can spread a spectrum of colours throughout your home . From warm sands, deep blue water, bright blue sky, white clouds and lemon sun.

Whatever your choice is, remember that your home is just another reflection of your personality. So play it up, and use the power of colour to your advantage. Whether it’s classic and sophisticated, or eclectic and playful, make it your own. Enjoy the process, discover a little about yourself, and create a space that you will love to come home to.

Photo credits: Denny Daikeler; Sarah Richardson; Gary McBournie.

Vitania M Liscio is a small business owner from Toronto, Canada with over 10 years experience running her family’s furniture manufacturing business. With an always apparent passion for art & design, Vitania has created a line of furnishings that is beautiful, timeless and of superior craftsmanship. A devoted blogger, she brings a fresh perspective to the world of fashion and interiors, that includes admiration of the laborious work of designers, artisans and fine artists.



7 Responses to “The Power of Colour”
  1. janice says:

    Be still my beating heart! This magazine just keeps getting better and better! Country Living is one of my soul food sources and I visit lots of design blogs just to sigh…It’s good to have so many new colleagues over at The Calm Space who share my passions. I was going to try and make the articles last all month, but I can’t see that happening…so many goodies!

    Those Sarah Richardson colours are the exact colours of my bedroom and I’d love to steal that armchair and those prints and move them in today!!! I’ve used terracotta, wood and off white as the ‘base theme’ for the whole house. It’s amazing what variations on a theme we can come up with if we love our foundations!

    Thanks Vitania – I enjoyed this!

  2. Vitania says:

    Thanks very much for a lovely welcome Janice.. The world of design blogging is fairly new to me and i am absolutely thrilled to be in the company of so many wonderul people who share my passion for beautiful living. I think that you ard I are going to have a lot in common.

    You are absolutely right. With a good foundation, the options are endless. Sarah Richardson is just brilliant when it comes to colour combining. She makes simple look dramatic effortlessly. I love that chair too. I have a little reading nook, it would look fantastic in.

    I am off to pay you a visit..:-)

  3. Vitania says:

    Thank you so much Rebecca for mentioning The Calm Space article on your blog. I am so glad that it has given you some clarity. Like you, I too am a commitment phobe..:-) So my thought process for colour commitment has served me well.

    Kind Regards, Vitania

  4. karen says:

    Vitania, thank you so much for joining us here at The Calm Space! I am so thrilled you’re here, and look forward to your design inspiration immensely!

    My husband and I are in the process of designing (and just about to start building) our dream home (we’ve never built before), and this post has been very timely as I grapple with overwhelming amount of decisions! We’ve decided on a neutral base – with splashes of colour; now to decide which neutrals and hopefully the colour will work itself out with your advice as a guide. Thank you, and I look forward to my next dose of inspiration from you.

  5. Hi, I’m an architect and my passion is interior design. I really love the style of Sarah Richardson that is one of my favourite designer for her use of light, warm, neutral, natural and calm colours! I’ve studied the influence of the different colours on the human mind… Thank you for this intersting post, if you like visit my site about my work.

  6. vitania says:

    Hi there Rachele
    Thanks for visiting – i will definitely stop by your blog to see your portfolio..