Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a workshop given by one of Canada’s leading colour designers; Janice Lindsay. I’ve read her book twice because I loved it so much, so when I heard she was giving a workshop in Toronto, I just had to make the trip. It was a wonderful learning experience. Besides the fact that she knows colour inside out, Janice is extremely artistic. She pushes bounderies, makes suggestions that you would have never thought of and she encouraged us all to do the same. I came back on Saturday refreshed, motivated and full of wonderful ideas. We learned about colour psychology, how you can use colour to manipulate dimensions and how to use it in the right proportions.
A few tips that I came home with that are easy shares:
Black window trim is really great for looking out since it does does obstruct your view the way white does.
Synesthesia: google it, it’s worth it!
Never use white on walls if there is no natural light in the space. A lot of people think since white is the lightest colour, it will brighten a space but the opposite is true, it makes a dark space gray.
Colourful is all about edge. If you have too many edges in a space, it will appear too colourful. You can have strong saturated colours in a space but with little contrast and edges, your space will not appear too colourful. In fact, it would have a far nicer flow.
Use a dark colour behind picture walls to make them look more organized.