Colors hold many secrets which, once learned, can be useful for an infinite number of purposes. This includes the creation of a house that, thanks to the colors of walls, furniture, objects and textiles, can stimulate and support the residents’ good mood and help them in their daily functions. Do psychologists and silent assistants color? More or less yes. This is confirmed by the two authors of Live the colors (edited by Vallardi), Silvia Botti and Massimo Caiazzo. In the book, the two experts reveal the language and properties of colors so we can discover what effect they have on us. We interviewed them to learn how to use chromotherapy in home decor.
Colors, how do you explain the effect they have on us?
“We humans are not given the opportunity to remain indifferent to colors. Our reaction is total: physiological and psychological, it affects us on the conscious and unconscious level. When we are faced with a color, we get an immediate reaction which, as the German psychologist Ulrich Beer explained, is both instinctive and emotional. As soon as we perceive a color, we feel sympathy or antipathy, joy or annoyance in us, without mediation.
Is it also important for color choices when decorating your home?
“When designing an environment, color should never be considered an element like any other. It is always contextual: it depends on natural light, on the type of surface it is located on, on the space it occupies, on the function it will have and on many other factors that cannot be quantified with precision. To choose a color, it is important to analyze the context. As it accompanies the functions we perform day after day, it is first and foremost necessary in the home to distinguish the places where the daytime hours take place from those where we rest ».
What rules follow the chromatic division between day and night areas?
«In the first case warmer colors are recommended, in the second colder. But be careful, because what we really have to deal with is the chromatic climate, it is the set of relationships that are established between colors, light and all the elements that are present in a given environment. It is the chromatic climate that is crucial for human well-being ‘.
Can you give us some practical examples to better understand and go from theory to practice?
“Let’s start with the kitchen. Here, good lighting is essential, as well as staying away from too dark colors that dim the brightness of the surroundings. Also no to the colors that can interfere with the concept of food, see the sour shades of green. The combination of white and blue is a timeless classic for the kitchen area, which is not surprisingly found in vintage tableware, from the old Chinese technique to porcelain to Delft ceramics.
In the living room instead of?
“Even in the living room, we do not recommend overly dark shades because they tend to limit the spaces. Better to avoid too bright colors because they make us waste a lot of mental energy by catalyzing our attention. Great emphasis must be placed on light, both natural and artificial. When choosing the colors that will characterize the environment – dominant, sub-dominant and accent (it is the main color, the other for presence and detail) – it is important that there are not only warm or only cold colors. We should create an environment that suits every season and every moment of the day, and balance warm and cold tones as much as possible.
In the bathroom an increasingly central space in our home?
“The functions that take place in the bathroom, above all body care, require a light custom complexion. No to dark greens, which have unpleasant reflections on our complexion. It is also better to avoid too mushy colors or yellow colors for the same reason. The chromatic contrast between bathroom fixtures and floors wins. Welcome is the union of ideas with water, hence green light blue tones: they always work and create harmony. The use of so-called olfactory colors, such as iris and light periwinkle, is interesting as they suggest the idea of perfume ».
We come to the rest temple, the bedroom.
“It may seem superfluous to remember, but the areas where you rest must have a chromatic climate suitable for relaxation (note: this changes if the room is also a study or work place). In general, it is good to avoid too cold and dark colors, because the bedroom also welcomes us when we wake up. The presence of the bed that can be transformed into a key element to create chromatic harmony. Due to its large size, the bedspread can be used as an accent that balances the colors of the walls, ceiling or wardrobes ».