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Do you speak colour?

Do you speak colour?

Last week I heard an international colour expert explain that colour is another language and it’s one that not everyone is necessarily fluent in. I was struck by this concept as we all know people who say “I’m not artistic” or “I’m no good with picking colours and stuff” and I thought – is it simply that it’s a skill or a language we haven’t learnt? After all – who learns “colour” at school?

But the interesting thing is, everyone makes colour decisions every single day. Choosing the right combination of clothes to wear, how we paint or decorate our homes or even what colour car we drive are all colour decisions. And colour is memorable. We remember colours – more so than we remember many other details, for example footy teams, vehicles or just how we find someone in a crowd.

So if colour is the international language, how do we learn it and is it important?

In our business, dealing with colour and art everyday, we know that colour is vital. For example; the eye yearns for blue and green, the colours of nature, as much as it appreciates vivid tints of yellow and red. Choosing the right colour combinations for your home will impact the mood, the feeling, the ambience and ultimately your ability to enjoy and relax. When we develop framing designs with our clients we ask a lot of questions about the setting, the decor, the feeling, as well as looking at the artwork itself. We know that if you can find that balance between the art and the home you will be able to create a design that not only emphasises the art – it works well in the home and looks good now and for many years to come.

Recently we had a lovely lady bring in a vibrant indigenous artwork that was filled with colours and while she loved the art, she just couldn’t imagine how it would work in her home. She was drawn to the art but worried about “making it work”. Our team put together a wonderful design, that not only showcased the art to perfection – it created a link to her living room which has created the ultimate “conversation” piece for her home. She was delighted!

So how do you convert a non-colour speaker? The simplest way is to surround yourself with colour and art. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be snobbish – but it does have to be images, colours, styles and feelings that you enjoy looking at. Great art, great colour and great framing are meant to give joy.

So whether it is a family wall of memories, a man-cave filled with footy memorabilia or a treasure trove of original art; learn colour and enjoy.