Making a studio feel like more than one room

Your job of selecting a colour scheme for any room is obvi­ously a lot easier if you already own a piece of furniture you either like or feel compelled to use. This is especially true if it is patterned. However, your options would be a lot more limited than yours are now, starting from scratch. Grant­ed, it may be more difficult to know where to begin, but in the end you may end up with a room that is more appropriate for you.


You say that you like a lot of colours. This is true for a lot of people. Keep in mind, though, that the use of colour creates a feeling, and certain colours are appropriate in certain instances and not in others.If the room you are planning to decorate is a library/study, you would want the colours to be subdued and restful – conducive to reading and studying.

On the op­posite end of the pole, if you are furnishing a play/game room, the colours should be brighter and more intense to reflect the activi­ty taking place. Bright primary colours, such as intense reds, yellows or blues, would not be appropriate in a li­brary, nor would soft muted pastel shades be appropriate in an active play room.

Colour does affect your mood and should be considered seriously. Some questions you should ask yourself are: How will I use the room? How do I want to feel when I am in the room? Do I want it to relax or excite me? Do I want the room as a setting for reading and listening to music or do I want to utilise the room for playing games and exercising?

Rooms, even if meant for the same basic purpose, can vary. Bedrooms are a prime example. All are meant for sleeping, but a small child’s room is often deco­rated in primary colours because he or she relates positively to them at an early age. The colours selected for master bedrooms are also as varied as the people who sleep there. They may be subdued and soft, bright and cheerful or dark and sensuous. These examples point out an­other important consideration. Not only must the colours be appro­priate for the function of the room, but they must also suit the person who will be living there. It is important that the colours selected reflect the various per­sonalities.

One ambiance would be terrific for one person and terrible for another. Once you have decided upon the function of the room, thus perhaps eliminating the use of some colours and bringing into serious consider­ation a range of others, you set out to decide which would be most expressive of you and your per­sonality. Look around where you are liv­ing now. Is there a bowl, a certain painting, an area rug or a piece of fabric that you have particularly liked for a long time?

If there is, analyse it. There may be pattern and design, but much more likely, you’re also responding to the colour. Look through magazines and wander through stores. Try to respond to the various colour combinations used in furniture and clothes displays and ignore the actual styles. It may take awhile to train your eye, but try to react to the colour only and not the pattern or design. Is there a certain dress or pat­terned scarf you find yourself wearing over and over? Do you gravitate toward certain colours because they complement you?

A room should complement you just the same as any outfit you select to wear. It is equally an expression of you. You may admire a furniture dis­play at a store, a newly decorated room at a friend’s house or a new dress that someone is wearing, but that doesn’t mean it’s appro­priate for you. You may like many colours, but once you have determined the function of the room and chosen those colours that not only suit the use but also reflect you and your personality, the selection of a col­our scheme becomes a lot easier and a lot less confusing.

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