‘White strikes us like a great, apparently absolute silence. Inside, we hear it like a non-sound, similar to the musical pauses that briefly interrupt the development of a phrase or theme … It is not a dead silence, but rather one that is rich in potential. White has a sound of silence that we can, unexpectedly, understand‘. Thus Kandinsky described the colour white, in his intriguing essay, Concerning the Spiritual in Art.
White contains all colours within it, it is its source and we often use it for the walls of our homes, whether because, being neutral, it goes with everything or due to laziness or a lack of creativity. And yet wall colour is not a secondary element of interior design: instead, it is a tool that changes our perception of space and influences our psychic and emotional wellbeing. There is no doubt that a red wall communicates something quite different than a green one. Of course, we do not claim to be big experts in Feng Shui, but most people could use a little advice about how to colour the walls of their homes. Which colours do the experts say are best suited to the various areas of the home?
A place of transition between inside and outside, the entryway is an opening to our private world, so much so that people who are not welcome are left there, if not at the front door. Travelling salesmen know a bit about this. Curiously, these spaces, which are in and of themselves not very bright, are often not very well cared for, as if to discourage ‘invasion’. And yet they are the first welcome we offer our guests. If you are not so fortunate as to have a charming entryway with an exposed stone wall, like the one in the Lago Appartamento in Alicante, you can make it more welcoming by painting it in bright, luminous colours. You can decide which ones. The entryway is one of the few areas of the home where there are no limits to our choice of colour, a place where we can fearlessly experiment with our personalities.
This is the heart of the home. It is the room that most strongly expresses the concept of family, since it is a place of exchange and sharing. The best colours for the kitchen are ones associated with conviviality, like yellow and orange. Yellow is the colour of cheerfulness, communication, extroversion, the sun and ripe grain. It stimulates digestion, since it helps the assimilation of food. Orange, which you get from mixing yellow with a bit of red, is full of energy without being aggressive. Normally associated with citrus fruit, it stimulates the appetite. One should avoid reds and blues in the kitchen (they are too heavy), while bright shades of green work very well. An alternative to colouring the walls is to leave them white and install a colourful kitchen.
The living room
Relaxation. This is the key word for the living room, the space where we go to relax after a long day of work, and where we entertain guests. The best colours are neutrals, from the brown range: creams, biscuits, brownish-greys. Colours of the earth and natural materials have always been classics of interior decoration. Terracottas are also excellent choices, like red, brick red, antique pink and orange, which help warm up the atmosphere.
This area needs to be healthful and tranquil. Rest is extremely important to us as human beings, otherwise we would not dedicate a third of our lives to it. For the bedroom, you can choose cool colours (like blue and green) or warm colours (like pink, peach and apricot).
The room dedicated to work and study needs to help us with our organisation, concentration and productivity. The colours that best meet these needs are bright green and yellow, while orange is good for the more creative types, since it stimulates visual memory.
This is arguably the most intimate room in the home, the place where we strip away our masks and fatigue. Like the entryway, the bathroom is a very versatile space, in terms of colour. Since water is one of the first things we associate with bathrooms, the best hues are blue, turquoise and green, but a peach or antique pink bathroom can also create a gentle atmosphere, perfect for relaxing.
An alternative to paint is wallpaper. There are many different kinds in the LAGO Interior collection, like the most recent design, 3Dots, which is perfect for children’s rooms; Playwall, a Velcroed wallpaper (patented by Jannelli&Volpi) to which you can attach, detach and reattach shelves and cushions, and Luci e Ombre, which invades the room with light patterns coming from imaginary windows.
Take a look at the LAGO wallpapers designed together with Jannelli&Volpi.
Choose the colours for your home from the Natural Wall Painting collection, developed together with Oikos.