Color in Modern Interiors and Furniture Design

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Nothing is more subjective in interior design than the use of color. Many of us love it. But, from an early age, we perceive it quite differently. Remember that first box of Crayons? The excitement of letting your imagination loose? The thrill of choosing your very own colors? It felt like the ultimate form of self-expression.

Things haven’t changed much. What color says about us as individuals has been the subject of countless psychological studies. From what it says about our personalities to predicting how we’ll behave, the study of color has become a source of cultural fascination. And, not surprisingly, what color says about us varies by culture.

What color says about our personalities has been the subject of countless studies.

Color also has a visceral realm, evoking emotions, around how color makes us feel. While our feelings vary based on our personal preferences, we all have some similarities. Generally, we respond to warm or cool colors in the same way. Red seems to make us feel energetic. Blue makes us feel calm.

Red makes us feel energetic. Blue makes us feel calm.

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But the bold use of color in interior design? That’s a far more individual thing. When the idea of living with color in your home is introduced, color suddenly takes on an entirely new dimension. Most step back, preferring to stick with the neutral tones, and other jump in, embracing color with all its emotional overtones.

It’s no wonder color is such a power tool in the world of interior design.

Color makes a first impression. It’s typically the first thing you notice when you walk into a room.

Color sets the atmosphere. Color in the home evokes a visceral response that informs us how we think we should behave. A room with neutrals and quieter tones tells us to speak softly. A room with bright, bold colors gives us permission to be more outgoing and animated.

Quieter tones suggest we speak more softly. Living room featuring VIOSKI Nicholas II Sectional and Nicholas I end table. Interior design by Annette English.

Color transforms space. Lighter paint on the walls, and consistent color from room to room expands the perceived space, making it feel larger. Darker paint makes a space feel cozier and more intimate.

How designers use color is a true talent. Getting color right requires skill and honed sensibilities. Their talent is greatly admired by modern furniture designer, Jeff Vioski, founder of VIOSKI. “When I look at the work of interior designers who use bold color well, I’m totally inspired. It’s takes real talent to pull off a boldly colored room.”

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Color exudes confidence. When someone wears bright, bold colors, it says they are sure of themselves. The use of strong color in the home, makes the same confident statement. Playing the color card takes courage. Especially with furniture.

In the design of his new century modern furniture, Jeff Vioski prefers the colors in nature. He favors chartreuse, green bronze, spring greens, bright citrus orange, aqua blues, warm greys, and the natural colors in wood.

But given the subjectivity of color, he encourages everyone to choose the colors they love.

Most people choose a neutral for their sofa, and a pop color for a chair. You don’t see it very often, but the opposite can be quite fun. A bold colored sofa makes a real statement. Going one step bolder, color can be used in both the sofa and a chair. But not the same color. Find two colors that work well together.

Texture should also be considered. The texture in the sofa and chair should be different. When using two different colors, select two different weaves in the fabric. There needs to be separation between the two pieces.

For example, if you use a bouclè for the sofa, don’t use it for the chair. However, a smooth fabric can be used for both, as there’s essentially no texture. Texture lends itself to bright colors. It brightens the intention, and gives color depth in furniture.

Whether in a single piece of furniture, a room, or an entire space, color is a powerful tool. One that goes far deeper than aesthetics. Color stimulates emotions, reaching into the core of who we are and what moves us. It teases our senses on a visceral level. Playing the color power card takes courage. It also expands the experience.

VIOSKI is an experience of artistic expression brought to life in timeless furniture design. Unique in style, charismatic and sensual. Each piece is masterfully created to be simple yet complex. Proportional yet fluid. Handcrafted in California, by master artisans who devote themselves to extraordinary quality. New-century color preference, from nature to nurture.


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