Color can have a profound impact on mood and emotion—it's a powerful transformative design tool. Some believe fiery tones evoke rage and passion, blue can calm you down after a stressful day, and green encourages rest and relaxation. Prominent Australian interior designer and stylist Shannon Fricke believes “every aspect of interior decorating requires a thorough understanding of color,” and the only way to become a deft hand is to practice. Before you pick up a paintbrush, improve your color knowledge with Fricke's expert tips.
Color can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time decorating. If you want to experiment but aren't sure where to start, Fricke recommends choosing a small space in the house rather than main living area, such as a home office or guest room. This will give you a chance to test new colorways or wallpaper patterns without making a major commitment. Be sure to map out a plan before you start, though. “Like everything with decorating, it’s important to have an overall concept for your home before you begin coloring one particular room,” she says.