Tips on Colors for Interior Design and modern furnishing

Colors affect our mood and well-being, especially in modern furniture and decorating design of living spaces where they play an important role.

perception of temperature

Our perception of temperature can vary by up to four degrees centigrade depending on the color that surrounds us! The warmer the color, the less need for heating. So it makes sense to have a north facing room in warmer colors, a south-facing room in cool tones. Warm colors also appear closer in the space sense than cold. A cool turquoise modern furniture set in a while living room leaves a space appear visually bigger. Darker colors appear heavier than light colors. Most people prefer a ceiling in white or light color. Equally important for the effect of a color is its luminosity. The light level is very different depending on the color. Red light in more intense than blue, while yellow is about three times as strong as blue violet. Therefore, strong bright colors do not need large living areas to come into play.

turquoise with aqua blue accents
Refreshing effect: turquoise with aqua blue accents

Color Theory: Color and effect


When it comes to modern interior decoration and contemporary furniture, what color is ideal for which room? Although there is no definite answer, basically blue soothes and is often used in bedrooms. Yellow acts stimulating and is an ideal color for vibrant places like modern dining area, where you have a glass dining table. Red also stimulates, but should be used sparingly because of its strong luminosity – with too much red can you overcharge a room quickly. Green represents freshness and vitality. But muted greens can also – as the view of nature – have a calming effect. Since Green also promotes concentration, it fits well into the study room with black leather sofas or chairs. A color alone is usually boring, as a monochrome space may even lead to depression. Colors achieve a better effect in conjunction with other colors.

olive color
The olive color intertwines with the hue of houseplants and white sofa

Tone on tone

The safest and easiest method of color combination in contemporary furnishing and home decoration is the tone-in-tone solution. In this case choose a color and use it in different brightness levels. Accessories such as pillows, blankets or flowers in contrasting tones create invigorating accents . It is more difficult to select different colors of the same brightness level. Here, a color consultation – or a color fan with the words “luminosity” – comes in handy. White pastel tones of equal gradation are possible as well as the compilation fuller and darker tones.

Design: three colors

Coming back to color theory: The combination of three colors can be used either with colors that are next to each other like yellow, lime green and yellow-orange on the color wheel. Or there are three colors combined in the color circle an imaginary isosceles triangle form as plum and petrol green with yolk yellow accents. Full of suspense, but not without danger is the game with the complementary colors. Either both colors should be mixed with white or black or pure complementary color are introduced only by small accents. Generally speaking, the shapes need little color, contrast, small elements tolerated rather pure, unmixed colors so.

dining area
In this dining area, olive is very well contrasted with orange and red hues, and the glass dining table in modern style; courtesy of FurnitureToYourDoor

Designing with color and wood

Keep in mind when designing your apartment with what furniture materials will be used, whether wood, stone and metal, it is all about color consideration! Not every natural wood is able to complement any color. What matters is whether the color of the furniture material has more warm or cool charisma. Thus, the yellow-reddish cherry wood for your table goes better with warm tones, while the whitish wood of the maple complements cool tones.

yet classic combination
An example of a modern, yet classic combination – Wood floor, dining table and Emerald Green

Light and surfaces

Light changes the colors! The best we tried the color exactly there where the wall painted or the curtain is to be hung. Depending on the angle of incidence has light another effect. The influence of artificial light is also great: in incandescent light appear warmer reds and yellows, greens, yellowish, greenish shades of blue and blue-violet grayish tones. In general, it is not enough to keep a small color chart on the wall. It is better to create a sample surface. Finally, colors are also different depending on the surface of furniture pieces: the same color on a rough surface, like a glass or marble top of a dining table looks darker than on a smooth surface, like a leather sofa or microfiber couch. Similarly, green velvet works differently than a silk fabric for a sofa in the same color.

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