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Sergey Makhno Architects
September 14, 2018

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Colors will always influence our lives.

Interior designers have a mission of a huge importance – they choose a color that will envelop your life in a certain space and influence your mood, emotions, and feelings.

There’s just something more than ‘this color is nice, let’s take it’. Here are the pieces of advice on the colors from Alexander Kovpak, a talented architect and interior designer from Sergey Makhno Architects.

1. Twist the color wheel

According to the rules of compositions, you can choose only three colors or materials in a definite space. Choose them smartly with the help of the color wheel. There are 5 basic color harmonies:

  • Complementary color chord (colors that are opposite to each other on the wheel).
  • Analogous color chord (colors that are next to each other).
  • Triadic color chord (three colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel).
  • Split-complementary color chord (the base color plus two colors adjacent to its complement).
  • Tetradic color chord (four colors arranged into two complementary pairs).

The color wheel is a lifesaver if the colors are a troublesome issue for you. It will help you to understand whether the hues you choose will look harmonious together.

2. Black is not black

Mind one simple rule – colors are subjective. People conceive one and the same color differently. Make sure it is the same one color for both the designer and the client.

3. Behind the colors

Sometimes you don’t need to learn what stands behind the color. But every time you choose one, you choose the atmosphere of the space too. Make sure to make the right choice.

  • Red – passionate, intense, important.
  • Orange – energetic, excited, happy.
  • Yellow – optimistic, cheery, warm.
  • Green – neutral, stable, prosperous.
  • Blue – serene, trustworthy, inviting.
  • Purple – luxurious, mysterious, romantic.
  • Pink – innocent, gentle, calm.
  • Brown – reliable, comforting, stable.
  • Black – powerful, strong, intelligent.
  • White – neutral, spacious, pure.
  • Grey – neutral, timeless, practical.

4. Trending issues (no)

One of the biggest color dictators is Pantone. As they say, Pantone provides a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. Since 1999 they had empowered themselves to title the color of the year. The color of 2018, for instance, is Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) – a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.

Keep in mind, a trend is something that is going to die soon. Take care of the future of your product. Choose what you know will be relevant for ages, for lives. 

There are colors that will always look good: black, white, and brown. If you just desperately need a color of the year in your bedroom, take an ultraviolet clock, for example, and next year take another clock, or just repaint it. But don’t make an interior trapped in one color, which popularity will expire next year.

In the race for the trends, you will always be the one who is running behind. Don’t. Be the setter. Do what you like and make people run in the race behind you.

5. Choose a material, not a paint

If you decided to make the wall green, don’t be in a hurry for the paint. You better put there green flowers or make a live green wall. Or why paint the wall in red when you can oxygenate the steel and get the red the paint will never give.

An optimal choice is the natural colors – colors of the materials, not the paints. We can get yellow with clay, brown with wood, grey with concrete or stone, golden with copper, red with an oxygenated steel, etc. Moreover, such surfaces give textures, making the interior tactile-great.

6. Make the right accents

Give the color to the interior with the help of art pieces, and plants. Make the invisible accents.

Interior designers make their visuals come to life, but they often forget about the main component of any space – people. They will come to this perfect-visual-place and bring here their lives: books, ornaments, magnets on the fridge, child pictures, books, cats etc. And that perfect visual will fall apart. Interior needs to be flexible enough to accept you and everything you love. If it is not – time to change your interior designer.

The best interior is the one you don’t notice but madly in love with.

Inspirational figure – Alexander Kovpak
Author – Alina Kulyk
Main visual – Nikita Uvarov