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Colour Trends for 2010

Last Updated Dec 3, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson

Colour trends for homes and interiors in 2010 generally reflect consumers desire to generate some optimism and emerge from the financial slowdown of the past few years. Colour trends are governed by a range of factors, and tend to come in a selection of palettes which provide inspiration for the year ahead.  These can draw from a number of sources including the natural world, contemporary culture as well as present and future innovations. The use of colour in the home or premises is aimed at creating a comfortable environment, which allows the inhabitants to relax and be productive. Colour on the walls of a room should not be viewed in isolation, and ideally should be matched or coordinated with furniture, fixtures and fittings.

Colour Trends in 2010

Colour trends for 2010 involve the use of bold, optimistic colours for accent walls balanced and contrasted by more subtle, calm shades on the major surfaces. The natural world is still a strong influence with earthy reds, terracottas clays, rich oranges and chocolates balanced by clean whites, pale greys and beiges. Pastels are also still popular with coral, turquoise and light hues of blue and pink appropriate.

Colour Trends and Lighting

The importance of lighting should also not be underestimated, and can refer to natural and artificial sources. One should try emphasise the use of natural sources of light, which include windows, skylights and glass doors. If one is limited to artificial lighting, ensure that the type of bulbs you choose complement and enhance the colour choice of your walls.

Colour Trends and Colour Psychology

Colour has a powerful effect on us, even though this is often subtle and you may not be conscious or aware of it. Dark colours tend to make rooms smaller, while light shades have the opposite effect. One should therefore avoid using darker hues in smaller spaces, and opt for 'cooler' colours that absorb light and give the impression of more space. Colours such as red, orange and yellow are termed 'warm', as they remind us of fire or the sun. These colours suit cold climates, or rooms which receive little natural light or direct sunshine. Blue, green, greys lavender and violet are referred to as cool colours and evoke natural landscapes, the ocean and the outdoors. They are best suited to warm climates or parts of a home which receive generous afternoon sun, and are reputed to lower blood pressure in some people. Some of the more ctommon colour associations are:
  • Red - associated with increased appetite and is often used in dining rooms and restaurants
  • Orange - considered a welcoming hue, and is therefore suited to entranceways and living rooms
  • Yellow - great for brightening dark spaces and areas which receive little natural light
  • Blue - associated with water and is therefore calming and best suited to bedrooms or bathrooms
  • Green - associated with relaxation, though is more versatile, and is widely used in commercial settings such as schools and hospitals
  • Purples and lavenders are especially popular with children, so are therefore perfect for their bedrooms or playrooms
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