Understanding Colours

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The meaning of colour in your interior.

The colour and style of your floor will have a major impact on the appearance of your interior. That’s why wood floors come in a near-endless number of colours, styles and finishes… You can be sure there’s always a perfect match for your own taste and personality.

Visit your nearest Des Kelly Interiors store where you can find plenty of inspiring colour advice and practical interior tips to help you turn your house into a real home. We have stores in Leixlip, Sallins, Longmile Road, Cross Guns Bridge, Sandyford, Coolmine, Swords, Coolock, Navan, Donabate, Ashbourne and Glasnevin.

The colours of your floor, ceiling and walls have a strong impact on how you will experience the room. Depending on the choice and combinations you make, you can change the specific style and atmosphere of the room in question.

YELLOW & BEIGE

Stands for sun, fun and optimism.

Floors with a light oak, beech or maple design can make a dark room feel sunnier and give it a more peaceful atmosphere.

RED & ORANGE

Stands for warmth, intimacy and harmony.

Floors with a cherry or Merbau design give an exotic, warm feeling to your interior. This can be further accentuated by the addition of colonial and solid furniture

BROWN

Stands for earth, comfort and security

Floors with a brown tint make a connection with the earth and nature. Brown is an excellent backdrop for rustic furniture and bright strong colours.

WHITE & LIGHT BEIGE

Stands for light, purity and timelessness.

Floors with a pattern of light maple or Norwegian pine add brightness, space and light to a room and give it a more contemporary feel.

GREY

Stands for neutral, chic and peaceful.

Floors with a grey tint are a perfect match for trendy colours and warm tones. Grey also provides a contemporary look to authentic furniture.

BLACK

Stands for luxury, style and chic.

A black floor adds style to your home. Black gives your room a luxurious appearance, especially in combination with bright colours for your walls and ceiling, and a few eye-catching decorative features.

THE IMPACT OF LIGHT AND DARK

Did you know that you can make a particular room look larger, warmer, narrower, deeper or longer simply by playing with the colours of the floor, ceiling and walls?

GENERAL RULE

As a general rule light tints make a room appear larger, while darker colours make it seem smaller. Of course, the colour of your floor also plays an important role in this.

 

LIGHT FLOORS

Light-coloured floors will make a room more airy and optically larger. Moreover, light tints give a room a clean, rustic and timeless look.

Light wooden floors go very well together with darker furniture and make for a surprising combination.

DARK FLOORS

Dark floors are ideal to create contrast. They combine well with light walls or with other dark colours used to add a note or as accessories.

Too many dark colours will produce a sombre effect at the expense of the overall atmosphere. So make sure to add a few striking accessories in the interior.

1. LIGHT FLOOR & LIGHT WALLS

A room with a light floor and light walls appears extra wide. Too many light colours however will make it look cool and impersonal.

2. LIGHT FLOOR & DARK WALLS

Dark walls in a room with a light floor and a light ceiling will bring out the horizontal lines.

3. LIGHT FLOOR, LIGHT CEILING & LIGHT REAR WALL

A light floor, light ceiling and a light rear wall will make a room seem narrower, deeper and higher.

4. LIGHT FLOOR, LIGHT CEILING & DARK REAR WALL

A light floor, light ceiling and a dark rear wall will make a room seem smaller.

5. LIGHT FLOOR, DARK CEILING & DARK WALLS

If all walls are the same dark colour the room will take on a more shapeless effect.

6. DARK FLOOR & LIGHT WALLS

A dark floor in combination with light walls and a light ceiling will make the room look wider.

7. DARK FLOOR, DARK CEILING & LIGHT WALLS

A dark floor and dark ceiling with light walls make a room feel wider and lower.

8. DARK FLOOR, LIGHT CEILING & DARK WALLS

A dark floor and a light ceiling with dark walls give a sort of basement effect (i.e. it appears as if light only comes from above).

THE EFFECT OF GROOVES ON YOUR INTERIOR

Some laminate floors are available with and without grooves. The presence or absence of these grooves will have a particular effect on how your room will be perceived.

Floors with a V-groove on the long sides will make a room seem deeper.

Floors with V-grooves on all sides will give the room a more rural character.

Floors without any V-grooves will give your interior a sleeker and more streamlined appearance.

 

Visit your nearest Des Kelly Interiors store where you can find plenty of inspiring colour advice and practical interior tips to help you turn your house into a real home. We have stores in Leixlip, Sallins, Longmile Road, Cross Guns Bridge, Sandyford, Coolmine, Swords, Coolock, Navan, Donabate, Ashbourne and Glasnevin.

 

Posted on Friday, 29 April 2016
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