8 Myths about colour

We’ve all heard the alleged rules about choosing colours in interior design at least once before, “if you mix too many colours you’ll end up with an uninviting ambiance”, “brown is boring”. All these rules confuse us to the point that we don’t know what decision to make. To avoid this, we will discuss the most common myths on the subject. Are they really true?

Myth 1: Pastel colours are feminine

While it has always been true that colours are associated with a range of emotions and connotations, such as perceiving clarity as feminine and obscurity as masculine. However, we use a darker tone of pastel colours we won’t create an entirely feminine ambiance.  Another possibility is choosing pastel colours for the main furniture pieces and balance them out with darker nuances to integrate the two gender opposites efficiently.


Myth 2: A white ceiling opens up the space

White and all colours on this side of the spectrum are useful to achieve the effect, but it is not the only way to get this result. If we try the opposite, meaning paint the walls white and the ceiling in a bright colour, it will capture the attention long enough to create an effect of a larger space.

Myth 3. If we want personality, every room needs to be in a different colour

It is very often that we’ve visited houses with this characteristic and we’ve been left with the feeling that it’s not a home so much as a circus. The best approach to using more than one nuance is to remain cautious and choose tones from the same colour palette.

Myth 4: White kitchens are impractical

Because of its capacity to open up spaces, white is sometimes perceived as cold if we don’t combine it with cream, grey or warmer finishes. A good idea is to use it as an accent on the counter and the cabinets, combining it with stainless steel, wood and fabrics that provide warmth.

Beautiful Kitchen in Luxury Home. View of Living Room.

Myth 5. Neutral colours are not as bold

Property owners are under the false impression that neutral colours are boring, although, in reality it can be quite the opposite: think of warm colours like gold or caramel brown. They are anything but boring and if we combine them with black or chocolate brown, the end result will be a splendid array of tones.

Myth 6. Daylight is more important than nightlight

The important thing here is the design of the space in question. Natural or artificial light can play a very important role in the way we feel during the day, so the best thing to do is paint small patches on the wall and watch how they change in tone throughout the day.

Myth 7: Dark colours are depressing

Here we must take into account the size of the surface. Obviously, if we use dark colours in small places, we will get the dreaded “cave effect”. Unlike having a large room with multiple windows, bright colours, furniture and flooring that balance out the darker nuances.

Golden chair in gray interior

Myth 8. Basic colours are the best choice for children’s rooms

Children’s rooms are one of the few spaces in our homes, where we don’t have to limit ourselves. They present the ideal opportunity to combine different nuances and application techniques on the walls and match the kids’ environment to their creativity.

The truth is interior designers are a bit rigid with “rules” when it comes to colours inside the house. It has to be the owner who decides what is pleasant or fun, it’s your intuition that guides you, and if you’re unsure of your decision you should call a professional who can convey your vision and lifestyle in the right way.