Colour Key to Good Garden Design; Nick Alderson Explains How Colour Creates Different Moods in the Garden

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Colour Key to Good Garden Design; Nick Alderson Explains How Colour Creates Different Moods in the Garden


COLOUR

A summary of the psychological associations of colour is as follows:

RED

Positive: Exciting, passionate

Negative: Danger

ORANGE

Positive: Warmth, active

Negative: Overbearing

YELLOW

Positive: Happy, secure, smart

Negative: Disappointment

GREEN

Positive: Tranquil, meditative

Negative: Envy, lack of experience

BLUE

Positive: Relaxing, contemplative

Negative: Depressing, over-thinking

PURPLE

Positive: Pomp, royal

Negative: Mysterious

WHITE

Positive: Integrity, purity

Negative: Cold

BLACK

Positive: Elegance, sophistication

Negative: Death, fear

GREY

Positive: Passive, non-emotional

Negative: Non-descript

CHOOSING a colour scheme or aworkinga with colour is often seen as problematic, scary even. Most of us have experienced the emotional confusion of selecting colours either for interior or exterior decorating. Riding the rollercoaster of doubt and confusion occasioned by painting the house or selecting interior decor or furnishings is one thing, but designing a colour scheme for the garden is entirely another. Most people will never even attempt it. But with a little research and inquiry and a little more bravado, incorporating a colour scheme into garden design can be richly rewarding. It may even be fun!

The colour wheel

TO start with, re-acquaint yourself with the basic rules of colour. Download a colour wheel or pick one up from a paint shop. This simple but extremely clever device synthesizes nearly all you need to know about colour. With the colour wheel you can select your own colours and colour themes. The wheel is made up of primary, secondary and intermediate colours and forms the basis for all colour mixing and for gaining an understanding of colour compatibility. Red, blue and yellow are the primary colours. These colours are pure pigments and may be mixed to create a broad range of other colours. …

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