Colour is one of the most important elements of design and definitely has a considerable influence over a room’s particular mood or atmosphere. It is why people often say you are “blue” when you are feeling sad or that you went “pink” when you are blushing. To help you get started in choosing the right colours for whatever part of your home or property you are currently working on, here are basic characteristics that you should know about the most commonly used colours.

White

White is actually better defined as an absence of colour or the result of all colours combined. Try to spin a colour wheel, and you will see how all colours appear to blend into a single shade of white. The first thing to remember about choosing white shades is that they tend to look a different hue altogether under certain lighting conditions.

Also, plain and stark white can make a room feel rather sterile, but you can tone it down by opting for a warmer shade that is a combination of white and another colour.

Black

Black is the kind of colour that you either see being frequently used in certain designs and completely avoided in others. Used wisely, touches or highlights of black in any area - indoors or outdoors - can make the place look more elegant. But too much black can make a room feel rather dark and overly dramatic.

Red

A lot of people tend to shy away from using red as

a primary colour when decorating. Most people feel that red is too bright and bold a colour. But if you ask the Chinese and some other Eastern cultures, red is a festive and lucky colour - one that they would not mind being used as often as needed when designing their home.

Ultimately, red works best with landscape or nature-oriented areas. Red suits the use of natural materials like coral or terra cotta. But if you want to take advantage of its fiery looks, then you can also liven things up a bit more by combining it with other bright and vibrant shades like yellows.

Green

Americans may think green is the colour of money, but they also know - as the rest of the world does - that green is the colour of nature and growth. Experts also consider green as the colour for peace and harmony, which is why you should use increasing amounts of it in rooms that are especially designed as a place of rest and relaxation.

Another great thing about this shade is that it works well with almost every other colour; just make sure you are using any of its lighter hues though, like sea green. Light green shades are also optimal as a background while its darker counterparts are best used for glare absorption.

Pink

It is true that pink is associated most with frivolous designs and all the pretty things that will make a little girl smile. That does not mean, however, you cannot use shades of pink here and there in a man’s domain. You can do so, too, as long as it is not overly bright. Old rose pink, for instance, can be both masculine and elegant while paler shades of pink can be considered a neutral background for public settings like the living or dining room.

Gray

The middle ground between black and white, grey is available in a wide array of hues, from darker and sombre tints to light and almost airy shades. Experts consider grey-and-white combinations as particularly fashionable although the neutral shade of grey also enables it to work with other colours as well.

Just keep in mind that grey tend to remind people about old and public corridors as well as prison so you need to make sure that you avoid those types of grey in your property.

Brown

This colour is best used with red for glare absorption, which is a typical requirement when you live in a dry-zone area. When using any shade of brown, you want to make sure that they remind people of the more pleasant symbols in brown like the power of earth and chocolates instead of something murky and muddy.