COLOURS & PATTERNS

A colour can look different depending on surrounding colours, shapes and light. The difference between the hues, light and shades of different colours is more pronounced on a wall. The effect is usually greater on a colour on a smaller area.

When you choose Boråstapeter, you can be sure that all colours in our collections have been meticulously matched and that the suggested combinations in the collection books and inspiration material are guaranteed to work. But do remember that when the wallpaper covers an entire wall, it makes a stronger impression. Colours look bolder, small patterns can look plain at a distance, while large patterns can seem more dominant. Try to imagine what the wallpaper would look like in your room – perhaps you can borrow the wallpaper book or ask for a sample.

 

If you’re thinking of matching the colours in one room with the wallpaper in the next room, remember that different yellows can give you quite a headache. Grey is another colour that can be seen in many different ways, depending on whether it contains red, blue or yellow. If you’re feeling uncertain, ask for advice at the store.

Colours can bring other unexpected surprises - skirting boards that are not 100% white can look grey against a bright yellow wall, pink against a green wall, yellow against a grey wall and almost white against a dark red wall.

Colours affect us in many ways. Most of us have one or more favourite colours. These favourites are often linked to cultural and social traditions or to vivid memories. Most people like blue – but probably not on everything. Blue jeans and blue walls are not one and the same.

Remember too that there are warm colours and cold colours. Swedish people think of yellows and reds as warm colours, while blues and bluish-greens are considered cold. Whitish colours are regarded as colder than brightly hued colours, whatever the hue. What pattern do you feel like today? Thank you, I feel like a bright red pattern! Our mood can be swayed by colours and patterns. They say that red and patterns make you active, that green is soothing and that plain blue walls in a bedroom give the impression of cool freshness. But tests show that, whatever the colours in the room, we feel time passes just as quickly and we feel just as cold or warm in a red room as in a blue.

The intensity of a colour is also an influencing factor. A mild green is more soothing than a bright red, yet an intensive pea-green removes that soothing effect. The amount of colour has an affect on us too. A colourful setting can be refreshingly stimulating. However, lots of different colours can be stressful for some.