Speak to any design professional and they’ll stress the importance of colour in the home, throwing around words like hue, saturation and tonal value. In layman terms, hue is just another word to describe the colour family on the basic colour wheel, and the variations of that. Saturation, however, refers to the grade of purity or vividness of a colour – the purer a colour, the higher the saturation. And tone is simply a softer version of a pure colour, achieved by mixing with any neutral or greyscale colour.
THE INTERPLAY OF COLOUR & TEXTURE
Colour Expert Kim Chadwick explains that colour and texture are inherently linked, and can alter perceptions of a home when used together. For example, dark tones will give the appearance of a smaller space, while light tones will create a perceived sense of space. Texture similarly impacts the look and feel of your home, and can be created through your choice of materials. In this way a rough brick finish will add visual weight to your home, and a smooth stucco finish can alter apparent size.
Building materials possess adherent colours, too, from the warm earth hues of bricks to the weathered grey of sun-bleached timbers. They also have the added benefit of incorporating texture into the mix. “By combining and mixing and matching colours and textures you can begin to create a palette to reflect your personal style,” says Kim.
Colour also has some really practical application beyond just looking good. Savvy homeowners now consider the elements that can’t be changed. A block’s positioning and the sunshine it receives are crucial to consider when choosing an exterior colour.
“North facing homes will get more sunshine, so a lighter colour can cut on cooling costs in the summer, while south facing can save on heating cost for winter by incorporating a darker building colour,” says notable stylist and style blogger, Deb McLean.
And when it comes to interiors, for Deb it’s all about bricks! “The glazed bricks range (from Brickworks) have a polished finish and are a great way to bring colour and texture into a space and the colour options are endless, while a more traditional brick will enhance a space by some much needed textural contrast.
“Bricks are truly authentic and there is something really yummy about that, because we all want authenticity,” Deb says.