Interior

Planning a Color Scheme

Dec 09, 2014 |

The spectacular colors of flowers and plants, the tones of sky, the color of earth and rocks, reflection in water, fruits and vegetables, birds and animals, and many others natural phenomena appeal for a perfect range of hues. Once these amazing varieties of colors are observed, no other formulae are needed to maintain a balance; the natural word provides a sense of harmony in color. The natural world is without any doubt an inspiring source to attain almost perfect color schemes, texture and patterns. Nature adorns unlimited source of inspiration to designers and artists. (Hook)

Color plays a central role in interior design. The process of color combination cannot be limited to trial and error which might bring obscure results. Specific color theory must be applied that relates to the particular needs and demands of every interior concept. While designing any interior space, the color of furniture, draperies, carpet, art works, accessories and placement of these aspects all involve a certain system of color combination. So, every details, patterns, designs must be considered with unique color schemes.

There are a number of color theories that have been developed ranging from scientific studies to applied systems. Those theories without any doubt assist for planning a color scheme. However, the color schemes cannot be limited to these few drafted formula. It must be implied that while playing with colors, there are no certified rules that bring anticipated results. The rules will only make the Color system rigid. Color planning can be dealt with openness to make it less problematic. Inspiration for color schemes can be attained from our daily life, random objects around us or maybe from the vibrant colors of nature.

DEVELOPING A COLOR SCHEME
Color Scheme is a fundamental element for successful interior design. It is through pleasant color patterns, the ambience of a place becomes remarkable and it makes appropriate impression. A well planned and furnished space may lead to disappointment due to lack of suitable color themes. The other elements of interior design such as walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, accessories, etc all must fall under certain color scheme. The color selection for these complete interior elements must be made such that each element complement each other and provide a sense of completeness.




Various samples can be collected after color scheme is decided. These samples can be converted into charts, could be related to actual preliminary designs or maquette can be formed from these collected samples.



There are many complications regarding color conceptions. Although developing ideal color scheme is tedious, there are many color systems developed with a view to make the complicated color behavior simple. Munsell is the most appreciated color system. Similarly there are other popular systems: Ostwald System; CIE System; Oas System; KUPPER System; Color Aid System; Paul Klee System.

Each system is different in terms of the conceptions and combinations of color. What is more important is to understand own prerequisite of each design and to develop distinctive system that best associates to the required interior design. Therefore it is essential that planning color scheme be more practical and understandable for each interior.

COLOR INSPIRATION FROM NATURE AND ARTWORKS
The system of colors that can be influential in developing a color scheme helps decide whether or not a good choice of colors is being made. However, sometimes the existing theories constrain our imagination. The limitations create bewilderment, so to seek infinite possibilities of openness in innovative ideas, colors present in natural world could provide endless inspirations. Various Color schemes can be extracted from the nature. Nature provides endless set of colors that amalgamate with perfection to offer unlimited source of inspiration. Color combination that exists naturally is the most gratifying source to a color scheme. The natural not only provides a sense of stimulus but also inspires countless themes.

The spectacular colors of flowers and plants, the blue tones of sky, the color of earth and rocks, reflection in water, fruits, vegetables, birds, animals, and many others natural phenomena appeal for a perfect range of hues. Once these amazing varieties of colors are observed, no other formulae are needed to maintain a balance; the natural word provides a sense of harmony in color. The natural world is without any doubt an inspiring source to attain almost perfect color schemes, texture and patterns. Nature adorns unlimited source of inspiration to designers and artists.

Nature forms amalgamation of colors which are in harmony. These harmonious color schemes can be derived as a theme for interior spaces.

Similarly, the color themes that are based on the artworks created by painters or other medium of artworks can be taken as another option for completing the color schemes. The tints and shades or tones of similar color exhibited in artworks and paintings provide possibility of developing new schemes of colors. So it is not necessary that the required color scheme is limited only to the color theories or the actual wheel charts. However, these planned color schemes can be decided by placing these colors in the final interior design works.

Various set of colors can be studied beforehand by taking references from a rendered image. This process also is appropriate to view the actual final look of color combination and design.

Various tones of yellow and orange are eminent in this flower. This can be another source of inspiration for color combination.

Color contrast observed in nature.

A rendered image can be helpful in deciding whether or not the finalized color scheme and material sample actually match design.

TESTING COLOR SCHEMES
Once color scheme is finalized, it can be tested by many mediums to avoid any randomness of the developed system. The unplanned relationship between the colors to be applied can be avoided by converting them into samples. The color theme can be related to the initial design concepts by converting into demonstrative charts or samples. Color data, regarding all the elements that have been preplanned, also can be set to test the schemes. Such sample charts or other convenient medium taken into account. These samples represent the actual location and materials to be used in the assigned work. Besides preparing charts and material samples, there are other alternative ways of making color samples. To convert the planned samples into vivid forms, more realistic approaches like making maquettes and rendering can be applied. They provide realistic view of the required space. Although these various methods of representation provide overall view of the proposed space, the accuracy depends on the initial stage of finalizing color schemes. It must be noted that when deciding the color concepts, every color communicates to signify different meaning to the space. Colors possess characters that could relate to our emotions. Colors are powerful elements that can be cognitive. Some colors bring tranquil while some are associated with intense excitements. And, colors not only spread visual pleasure but are functional too.

It is necessary to comprehend that colors vary with motive of each space. A commercial space has its own standard colors. A residential interior is commonly dominated by warm tones. It is possible that this rule might again vary with the demands of the clients. Locations of the space, placement of the materials, weather, climate, psychology of individuals are other factors that can be taken into account. Colors without any doubt bring about visual pleasure. However, it cannot be denied that colors are also associated with human behaviors from change of mood to health hygiene.


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