Colour and Comfort!

Colour and Comfort

A “warm”, inviting door

The third and fourth tenets of Holistic Interior Design are: Colour and Comfort.Colour has such an immediate, visceral impact on our mood, and thus on our well-being, that it is intimately connected with how comfortable we feel in our space.Every living and non-living thing emanates energy at different wave lengths, and we see this as colour or we feel it as heat, which is just energy of a shorter wavelength. We can also feel colour, to some extent. For instance, a room painted red will always “feel” warmer than the same room painted blue, regardless of the actual air temperature, and we use these attributes of colour a lot in Holistic Interior Design to help us feel more comfortable.

Repetition of a favourite colour promotes harmony

Most of the time, we choose colours in our homes which bring about feelings of harmony and peace. Since everyone is so different, the colours that one person finds relaxing and harmonizing are quite different from person to person, so it gets tricky choosing colours for an entire houseful of people. Basically, you just need to figure out your “favourite” colour, use that as the main focus, and bring in other colours that work with the main colour. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to find a rug, piece of artwork or furniture or cushion that has a bunch of colours, one of which is your favourite, and repeat the colours you see around the room in draperies, cushions, area rug, paint colours and accessories.

Comfort refers to how a space makes you feel, which encompasses both how comfortable your furniture and flooring is as well as the colours, textures and visual stimulants around you.For instance: It’s very important to choose furniture which fits your body. Inheriting a Victorian settee and spending a lot of money on re-finishing and re-upholstering it only to have no one sit on it because the seat depth (the measurement from the back of the seat to just behind your knees) was originally made for people who lived in the reign of Queen Victoria, when the average height was 5 feet.

Maria & Julian Balicki

(as an aside: records from Ellis Island show that my husband’s Great-Grandfather was 4’11” when he was processed in NY in 1921. My sons’ heights average from 6’4” to 6’8” in 3 generations!!)

Textures in a space are also very important, with comfort underfoot being primary. Although it is far more popular now to have hardwood or hardwood-look flooring, due to its practicality, softening it by adding a wool area rug just makes so much difference to the comfort level in a room.

Comfort underfoot

Similarly, adding window treatments, even non-operable side panels next to a window both improve the acoustics in a room and visually soften it and make it feel more comfortable.Visual stimulants: This refers to anything in the room – from Artwork to plants to (a few!) well chosen decorative accessories as well as cushions and lighting which excite you and make your eye float across the room. Ideally these items would have special meaning to you – perhaps picked from your travels or found on the beach. Your artwork should really speak to you. You should really enjoy looking at it. If you don’t particularly like a piece of artwork – donate it! Yes, even if it was painted by your Great-Aunt Mildred! Don’t keep ANYTHING around you which does not make you feel good as, before you know it, you really won’t feel good, physically.Surround yourself with beautiful artwork, colours, textures and comfortable furnishings and actually enjoy coming home!!

Warm colours, textures make a great kitchen!
Surround yourself with things you love


One thought on “Colour and Comfort!

  1. Robyn

    Another great post!
    There is an instinctual feeling when you walk into a room and find it comfortable or not. It is interesting to learn about the elements that cause this feeling.


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