Hear the melody? Words sing to you. And, so do colors.
A-B-C, Do-Re-Mi, Red-Green-Blue!
Color is the very beginning of a well laid design plan. The first thing your eye perceives is color. Shapes, forms, light/dark contrast will fill a room but your eye will always recognize the color in a room before anything else. Color is THE room and as such you should understand your personal color sensory before starting an interior design project.
Color sensory is your personal response to specific color. There are millions of pigments the eye can recognize and no two people process color and react to it in the same way. This process is a biological, psychological, and an emotional experience. Our color preferences are based on these elements. We are all wired differently when it comes to color acuity. How well we see color is determined by the retina, the color cones perceiving the color, and the brain's ability to process the image. We obtain our color preferences at a young age from happy, sad, or traumatic times - color memories that you share with no one. Learn the reason behind your color preferences and your fear of using color will vanish. Simply put, color preference is not random and certainly not a trend.
When choosing a color palette for our rooms it is important to note that we should not judge a single color by its lonesome. We understand a single color best by how it relates to other colors in our line of sight. We create a melody by viewing a range of hues allowing them to vibrate one off the other. You will sense when you have found the perfect palette. It will sing to you. Its melody will play to your mind, body, and soul.
Color is a very good place to start. It is the beginning. Know and trust your unique color sensory. Choose the palette that sings to you. Let go of your friend's response to your chosen palette. It's yours and yours alone. Own it!