Your World With Art: By Gail
When you buy art, you may not think you are consciously choosing
a colour scheme so much as buying something which appeals to your
eye. You may prefer certain subjects for your pictures, such as
land or seascapes, but certain colours, which do appear in these
types of painting do evoke inner feelings and emotions. We know
that some colours are calm and restful, some are hot, fiery and
Apart from colours
used in actual artworks, it is easy to change the look of a picture
with the window mount or frame used for it's display. Certain colours
which may be used to mat a picture with can appear to alter colours
used in the execution of a painting. You will not see this unless
you actually place different coloured mountboards around a painting.
Then you will see how different a painting can look. By selecting
the correct colour mount, you can make a good painting look fantastic!
Next time you
go out to buy artwork, instead of letting the subject dominate your
choice, why not work out what feeling you would like the painting
to add to your room. Do you want something to liven you up when
you look at it; get the blood pumping, or do you want a picture
that brings a sense of calm peace to a room? You can easily use
colour to serve these purposes. So, how does different colour affect
- An intense colour, it stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.
It wakes you up, even agitates you....... It is also the color of
- Is more tranquilising. Research has suggested that this colour
makes people calmer. One prison painted their cells pink and it
reduced aggressive behaviour among the inmates.
- The bright, happy, stimulating colour. Also associated with learning,
which makes it great for a children's room.
- The colour associated with brightness and fun, although it is
the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering.
When used in small amounts however, it produces a warm sensation.
- The colour which symbolizes nature. Very easy on the eye, green
is used in hospitals a lot because it is believed to relax patients.
- The colour of the sky and the ocean; on of the most popular colours.
It is thought to cause the opposite reaction to red. Evoking tranquillity
blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals. However, too
much blue can be cold or depressing.
- A luxurious colour, associated with royalty. Although feminine
and romantic, it is a colour rarely seen in nature so can appear
- The most reliable colour; the colour of earth and which is abundant
in nature. The favourite colour of many men, it implies genuineness
although this colour can also be sad and wistful.
/ white - Sleek, stark black and white have to be used
with care in order not to look sterile and artificial. Great for
bold abstract artworks though.
So, next time
you decide to buy artwork for your home or business space, have
a think about what feelings or emotions you want to evoke beforehand.
Don't simply pick a subject that you are 'comfortable' with such
as animals, landscape or florals. Be adventurous; chose a different
subject or go for evocative abstracts in colours that appeal to
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