There are many fundamental elements and principles in interior design. Each of these serves as a guideline in influencing the way an entire home or a room looks like. When it comes to commercial interiors, using these elements can get a little more complex. Just think about how you can use the said elements to – lighting, form, texture, lines and color in order to enforce your company’s brand; and you pretty much get an idea on how difficult it can be to build a usable interior.
Begin with Color
Color is often perceived to be one of the most powerful elements of interior design. Through it, the designer can relate to the emerging or existing brand. This element must be used with care, though, since the wrong association can evoke the wrong emotions. The designer has to consider the psychological effects of each hue in order to come up with the best commercial interiors. Establishing a color scheme for the commercial space is something that must be taken into serious consideration.
Color can affect and, at the same time, be affected by the surroundings. Light, when falling into a painted surface, can also have huge effect on the color and the way it is perceived. This aspect is easy to see on broad daylight but come midday or indirect daylight, the color offers a totally different perspective.
Learn the terms – primary, warm, cool, complimentary, tint and hue. These are going to be referred to often by the interior designer as he tries to put together an effective commercial interior.
For instance, find out how complementary colors which are found across each other on the color wheel can help in emphasizing one another. Neutral gray can easily appear warm on any cool background such as blue. Use red and it starts to evoke a totally different feeling.
If you want to create focal points, then the most effective way to do this is to use color. Colors can also help add your personality into your design.
There are specific responses to certain colors. Red, for example, is a very powerful and physical color. Just looking at it actually makes your pulse rate raise. It can also create an illusion of velocity. Red is a widely used color in restaurants because it is known to induce appetite.
Blue has the opposite effect. Known to be the color of intellect, bluish hues tend to stimulate deep thinking, concentration and good communication. Yellow is a color for many emotions since it evokes confidence, optimism and cheer.
There are certain colors that can make some people feel depressed. Take these factors into consideration if you are out to design a space where people are going to work in.
A rule of thumb is to use warm colors to stimulate while using cool ones to evoke a restful mode. With this idea, you know that you have to use red and orange on the production floor while the sleeping quarters should come in any shade of blue.
Color can also be regionally or personally associated. Green is quite popular during Saint Patrick’s Day while red and green are both popular during the Christmas season.
Spatial perception is also greatly affected by colors. Bright colors make rooms appear larger or they can expand limited space; while dark hues tend to make any space appear more compact. Use bright colors such as blue, white or green to increase space. Red, yellow and orange can also be used to warm the room. Using the right combination, you can evoke the right ambience and feeling while completing the function for the rooms. If you cannot even visualize what color goes with what, then ask an interior designer to help you.