Color is an invaluable design element that has an immense effect on our emotions and how we interact with and experience the environments in which we exist.
Color has three perceptual attributes–hue, saturation and lightness–that when used strategically can help create the ideal atmosphere in any space.
Warm colors such as oranges, reds, yellows and beiges/warm whites evoke feelings of comfort and coziness in any space they inhabit. You can use warm hues to make a space seem larger by diverting attention away from walls and furniture or make a small area more intimate by employing them effectively.
Red is an emotive color that represents passion, sensuality and vitality. Used sparingly it can inject energy and excitement into a room or painting; however when overused it may become overbearing.
Yellow is an energetic color that represents happiness, optimism and intellect. Although too much yellow can become overwhelming when used too widely in any design project, small splashes of this cheerful hue add a bright and welcoming element that adds character and warmth.
Cool colors such as blues, greens, violets, and purples evoking images from nature such as water, sky and even ice and snow are calming and soothing, making them suitable for bedrooms or bathrooms where relaxation is key. Their visual recedence also gives an illusion that makes the room seem larger.
Green is an increasingly popular hue choice in home design because it evokes memories of nature while at the same time providing feelings of growth and vitality.
Orange is another warm hue that’s increasingly becoming trendy. Its stimulating properties make it popular in restaurants; however, too much orange may overpower and make a room feel sterile.
Neutrals are hues not present on the color wheel, often being light or dark in hue and with low saturation levels.
White and neutral colors can be considered both soothing and sophisticated, providing the ideal foundation for any style while providing you with plenty of opportunities to add pops of color through accessories or fabric fabrics. Furthermore, they’re easy to maintain and can be refreshed easily when seasons change or tastes alter.
Neutrals create the illusion of less intense colors by softening their intensity and drawing attention away from brighter ones, drawing focus toward other parts of a room or creating a balanced look by distinguishing areas with various styles or textures.
Neutrals can make an excellent addition to any room, but they’re especially fitting in bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces, where they can create a restful environment. Furthermore, neutral colors can balance geometric patterns of modern designs while complementing rustic or art deco styles.
Linguists typically distinguish between accent and dialect: accent refers to how someone pronounces their language while dialect encapsulates all aspects of its pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary usage.
An accent distinguishes a person by showing the country, region or social class they belong to. Victorians were especially aware of their accents – believing certain tones revealed class status.
Accents and dialects emerge when speakers of one language become isolated for extended periods. Unwittingly, this leads them to unknowingly agree on new names for words and pronunciations which alter the original code of their language – eventually developing into accents, dialects or, in extreme cases, even entirely new tongues such as English, Dutch and Swedish which all began life as Proto-Germanic language.