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Module 1: Colour in Interior Design

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Module Summary
Colour plays a central role in interior design. It can lift a room, hide flaws and make a space appear much more inviting. There is no way to avoid making colour choices – even if you decide on a neutral colour scheme, this still constitutes a decision! Designers need to be aware of colour theory, understanding the roles of primary, secondary and tertiary colours. The colour wheel is a common tool for those looking to devise a colour scheme. Showing the colour spectrum is a way by which designers can locate colour pairings that are harmonious, complementary, or tonal. They need to have a solid grasp of colour psychology and how colour exerts a significant effect on the mood and activity levels of those using a space. They need to understand how colour can affect the apparent proportions of a room and the ways in which accessories can add to, or detract from, the finished effect. Lighting, traffic levels and the purpose of the space all need to be accounted for, when deciding on the final colour scheme. Ultimately, there are no absolute rules when it comes to deciding on a colour scheme – a client’s preferences should always remain a priority, with standard colour guidelines serving primarily as a starting point.