Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Color Harmony

Does some knowledge about color actually help us to decide what color direction to go in?
Understanding that color can and does invoke emotions can guide the decision making process. It will also help us to achieve the mood we desire in a room.

For example: If I want a sense of tranquility in my master bedroom, I might be advised to choose something in the blue or green family. According to color and emotions, if I choose a blue or green color, my room will have a calm, tranquil feeling. This is just one example of how having some knowledge of the emotions colors create would be helpful.

Even though a color may be attached to a certain range of emotions for a large group of people. These may not apply to you.
But more often a problem arises when we are not drawn to the colors that are said to invoke the emotion or the mood we would like our room to have. Red is not on the list of colors that would invoke a sense of tranquility and calm. You, however may be very drawn to red. So how do we create color Harmony?

Color Harmony
Source: Color Matters.

Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts. In visual experiences, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order, a balance in the visual experience. When something is not harmonious, it is either boring or chaotic. At one extreme is a visual experience that is so bland that the viewer is not engaged. At the other extreme is a visual experience that is so overdone, so chaotic that the viewer cannot stand to look at it. . The visual task requires that we present a logical structure. Color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order.

In summary, extreme unity leads to under-stimulation, extreme complexity leads to over-stimulation. Harmony is a dynamic equilibrium.

And my next segment. Inspiration

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