Design,  Health and Well-being

Colours and interiors

Colours and interiors

Colours and interiors are vital elements and need to collaborate to achieve good designs.  Colour, like shape and texture, is an important visual element in interior space.  And since we are surrounded by colours in our environmental settings, they tend to affect how we feel and behave.  Which explains why colours have been found to influence our moods, health and well-being.

Below are tips on how green, blue and red can be used in interiors.

Green is associated with healing, tranquility and harmony.  And because of its prominence in nature, green colour schemes tend to be restful to the eye.  An example is the combined colours of the green landscape, blue sky and the wildlife (in the image below) which are very refreshing.

Classic blue colour schemes project a sense of calm and tradition.  This explains why blue is a popular choice for decorating bedrooms.  In its royal blue hue, blue colour schemes imply power.

Red, on the other hand is lively, youthful and exuberant.  The colour schemes of red are therefore cheerful and make one feels warm and energetic.  This explains why the colour is prominent in hospitality settings because of its projection of warmth.

Kenya Scene23

Colours and interiors - the African effect

In Africa, fabric patterns and prints are popular in the fashion and interior design industries.  And in most cases, these have meanings that are deep-rooted in the culture of the African people.  An example is the cushion fabric in the image below, known as 'adire' - these are hand-made tie and dye fabrics that originated from Abeokuta, a town in the South-western part of Nigeria.

Another African fabric that always features in my collection is 'aso-oke'.  This is a hand-woven fabric that is also popular in Nigeria among the Yoruba people.  'Ankara' fabrics are 100 per cent waxed cotton fabric with vibrant patterns and prints. - which are also popular  All these African fabrics are colourful and are associated with the African culture because of their tribal-like patterns and motifs.

I like using dynamic colours and patterns in my designs and products.  This is because they help to introduce mood boosting colours into interior spaces.  In addition, they also provide the opportunity to introduce the African design styles into the current design ecosystem.  My design style has always focused on reflecting happiness with the use of colours, energy and originality.

Below are some of my current collection of products.  Visit the All Products page to see more of my collection.

Click to view our Product range or purchase items from TabernPlace Shop.