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Interior Construction and color Tips


Rich yellows, oranges, and reds often work well in the interiors. Cool blues and greens tend to be effective in rooms with lots of early-morning sunlight. Since most inner rooms are cluttered places, choose a colour scheme that is easy on the eyes - such as pale, soft tones - and add colour with accessories. If you have a broad expanse of plain coloured laminate or wood, created by the doors and drawers of fitted units in interiors, you will have lots of scope for using a contrasting colour on the walls and floor.

The kitchen is often regarded as the heart of the home. This is where meals are prepared and, in a large kitchen, where the family gathers to eat and, often, just to socialize. The colours and patterns in this kitchen radiate a feeling of warmth and the general clutter is welcoming and relaxed. Left The Shaker influel1ce is evident here, with a nil of high-level pegs used to keep utensils and other kitchen requisites bandy but out of the way.

Although essentially a hardworking space in interiors, colour has been used to create a sunny atmosphere, while the single concession to comfort is a wicker easy chair. Right A plain, yet colourful, decorative scheme is perfectly in keeping with the simple, adobe-style plastered walls and ceiling of this family room .

The living room is the area of the house for relaxing in, enjoying leisure activities, getting together with the family, and entertaining, hence interior designing and decoration palys a major role to make it a perfect living room. And so the ideal colour scheme should reflect all the moods and atmospheres required of this multipurpose space. Personal tastes vary greatly, but one approach would be to decorate a busy living room with plain, pastel walls or small-patterned wallpaper. In a sparsely furnished room, splash out with bold, contrasting colours and patterns to enliven the decoration and perhaps create two or more colour zones.

Home office/work area The working environment at home should be decorated in clean, simple tones that offer the least excuse for eyes to wander. Typical schemes are black and white or one using wood and neutral browns. Bedroom Although most people aim for an atmo- sphere that is peaceful, relaxing, and comfortable for the bedroom, the choice of colour is a highly subjective one.

Some people like the romantic atmosphere of warm pastel shades, for example, while others prefer the cool tranquillity of blues and blue-grey. If you are uncertain, then consider a range of pale harmonies in tones of beige and brown. These are warm yet fairly neutral, and they respond well to small touches of colour. Child's room When you plan a child's room, take account of changing needs and tastes over the years - from nursery to play room to teenage study.

If you want to keep Top left A home office needs to have as few distractions as possible, so a simple black and white scheme is a practical choice. Middle left Decorating in tones of blue and white provides a streamlined yet elegant decor for this study/bedroom. The beige carpeting lends warmth to what would otherwise be a cool colour scheme.