Colors promote well-being
Colors also promote a feeling of well-being. Colors are described as warm and cold. Inadequate lighting and even design errors can be compensated with a clever selection of colors. Basically interior color decoration is a matter of taste and everyone has personal preferences regarding colors, and these should be followed.
These are some general rules:
- Light, cool colors make a room seem larger.
- Dark, warm colors make a room optically smaller.
- Rooms with a dark ceiling seem lower.
- Rooms with a light ceiling seem higher.
- Color saturation and intensity should decline from bottom to top.
- Color contrasts and ornaments have an invigorating to turbulent effect, and they make smaller rooms seem optically smaller.
- Paint rooms that have much sunlight with dampening colors, northern rooms with light colors.
- Warm colors in the spectrum red-orange-yellow are invigorating and dynamic; they make rooms with little sun irradiation cheerful and comfortable; dark warm colors are relaxing.
- Cool colors in the spectrum violet-blue-green in all their shades are suitable for rooms that require concentration; intellectually stimulating and cooling; dark cool colors create a serious atmosphere.
Wall colors & painting techniques
Alone due to their large surface areas, walls play a significant role in the color decoration of a room and significantly affects the atmosphere.
Creative painting techniques
- Spatula techniques (dispersion or silicate based) create a noble surface and are suitable for exclusive decoration wishes.
- Dipping techniques (wall is painted with a base color and then special effects are created with an accent color and a natural sponge).
- Glazing techniques create cloudy effects.
- Wrap techniques (a leather wrap creates airy effects)
- Template techniques (use a slightly damp sponge or brush to apply a little color via a form or template)
- Synthetic resin dispersion paints (high coverage, washable, some also suitable for outside).
- Natural resin dispersion paints (washable, vapor permeable, usually (!) free of emissions and solvents)
- Lime-based paints (disinfecting, no pollutant emissions, pleasant room climate, not washable)
- Distemper paints (washable, not water-proof, good coverage, not suitable for painting over)
- Silicate paints (vapor permeable, free of pollutants, adhere well to Kalk-, Kalk cement and cement plasters)
- Casein paints (washable, ecologically recommended)
- Fluid wallpaper (a material that is applied to the wall and dries there) can be combined with color and glitter materials for a feeling of well-being; advantages include excellent noise and thermal insulation, healthy climate, (usually) natural materials, easy to remove (with water).
Persons with allergies should be careful in their selection of paints. Choose air-permeable paints that contain neither pollutants nor preservatives and that do not release aerosols. Seek advice in a qualified paint store.
Use colors consciously for interior design.