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The spirit of colors

The spirit of colors

Graphic designer and illustrator by training, Delphine Trivic specialized as an interior colorist and founded the agency "L'esprit d. Couleurs" in Viroflay, in the Paris region. Interview by Nadège Monschau What are the trendy colors? Moles and shades of gray. But it is better not to rely on trend boards to renovate your interior: they are too ephemeral. But in six months, they will no longer be in vogue! The ideal: choose your palette according to your affinities, tastes and temperament, as well as the virtues associated with colors and their influence on our behavior. Powdered bruises for example have a restful and reassuring effect. But they are to be avoided in someone who is a little depressed! The reds are rather stimulating. They are therefore contraindicated in a bedroom or other spaces devoted to relaxation ... So, not to get bored too quickly, it is better to follow your instinct and your goal rather than fashion. With one exception: paints with matter and light effect. Very trendy today, they seem bound to be successful in the long term. Because, by applying a color with quartz crystal effect, silk effect, waxed concrete effect or hammered effect on one or two walls of a room, you give rhythm, relief. Another important parameter: the environment. Because of the sunshine of the dwellings, we do not favor the same range of colors in Ile-de-France and in the south. In the South, you can practically do anything, and play with lime, deep or dark lacquers, because the light will wake up the colors. In the North, certain colors are difficult to exploit. Due to lack of light, they quickly lose their shine. A real mole, for example, can quickly turn grayish, and become dull or even "dirty" ... How to create a unit in the house? To unify the whole, it is necessary to start with neutral and unisex colors, which will suit all the inhabitants, especially in the common rooms: shades of white and gray, vanilla creams, pale beige ... This base then serves as a visual link between the living room, the dining room, the office, the kitchen. It also makes it possible to vibrate the surrounding colors, to give amplitude to the colored keys scattered here and there. To create a harmonized palette, it is generally advisable to limit oneself to three shades and to associate them punctually with a pattern, a curtain, a cushion, a mosaic-style wall covering… Another golden rule: take into account tastes of the inhabitants, of their universe, to find the "secondary palettes". Upstairs of a house, each bedroom can thus become a reflection of a personality. This is an opportunity to play the card of contrasts. But be careful not to fall into the "multicolored" trap: all the colors of the house must be able to be placed side by side without swearing! A good test: open all the doors and move from one room to another, checking if there is an unpleasant feeling of "rupture" in the eye. When buying a painting, how can you be sure you are not mistaken? First principle: never "copy" to the neighbor, even if its interior is lovely. Because, for sure, his palette will not suit your decor or your character! Then, we must not forget that our eye likes contrasts, and that walls, floors and ceilings should never be all in the same tone. Uniformity, whether green, yellow or red, quickly becomes unbearable. Finally, there are so many different colors today that you can easily get lost. The ideal: focus on a single brand of paint and get the associated color chart. We can then approach the palette of each of its pieces of furniture, visualize how each tone blends with the decorative elements, eliminate the colors that tarnish the woods… Then, when we have decided on a shade, we still have to test it. The approach: buy a very small pot and paint a square on a wall, next to the flagship furniture. Once the paint is dry, we can then check the interaction of colors at different times of the day and night. And repeat the same ritual until you find the perfect shade. > More info www.lespritdcouleurs.fr