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Designing living spaces

Designing walls with colour

It is always a good idea to use colours when designing your own four walls. Whether house walls, corridors or the walls of living rooms or children's rooms, colours underline the individual architecture of a building and create visual connections in estates and streets. Designing interior walls with colours has an eye-catching effect and can be used to generate different moods.
Designing walls suitably and with colours also entails giving consideration to the context and to the fact that colours can interact with each other and thus have a different effect. They can create harmony or contrasts or colour tones full of nuances. 

When designing your wall, pictures, picture walls or wallpapers can also be used for a new look. This supports the impact of colour and gives the coloured walls another effect. Furthermore, patterns in the same or different colours can make large rooms gleam in new splendour.
The effect of the colour is also affected by the choice of material. The surface of a latex or emulsion paint often looks blunt and dull, particularly in the light. On the other hand, the same colour in a mineral paint shows great colour depth with a satin-matt gloss.
Before designing your walls with colours, find out about colour psychology, in other words, the symbolic meaning and effect of colours. Here you can also find more tips and ideas for designing your walls. 

Which colours are suitable for which room?

Tips for designing your walls

The colours on the walls can make rooms with awkward dimensions look better. For example, a long room appears shorter if the walls at the ends are painted in strong colours. By contrast, walls designed with a light, cool colour make a room seem large and wide. Strong, warm colour shades on the wall make a room appear to be smaller and narrower.

Having the right colour on the walls generates different effects. Light colours have an airy effect: a light-coloured ceiling seems light, airy and pleasant. As a result, low ceilings can be made to look higher. Dark colours have a heavy effect. The plinth of a house is usually painted in dark colours for the visual base of the building.
Walls painted in green shades combined with yellow create a spring-like atmosphere in the room. At the same time, subjective noise perception is on a lower level when the colour scheme is light green, while red on the other hand makes us think noises are louder.
Entrance areas painted yellow or orange appear cheerful and give the whole room a welcoming effect.

In the bedroom, walls that are coloured blue instead of being left bare help us to sleep calmly at night, while soft green in the office is inspiring and helps us to concentrate.

Designing outside walls

The same applies to designing outside walls. A house painted in intensive, warm colours (e.g. red) stands out in the street. A house painted in a cool, light colour (light blue, light grey) is less obvious.
A shaded, dreary facade will look much friendlier painted in a light, warm colour. In a living room that looks north and has to manage without any direct sunlight, a coat of yellow paint on the walls creates a sunnier, more cheerful atmosphere.

Design with colour

Design techniques for walls and facades

In addition to pure colouring, there are also numerous application techniques with which rooms and facades can be designed.

Transparent elegance

Glaze technique

Wall designs in glaze technique fascinate by their truly lively character: Whether decently glowing or powerfully vibrating, whether on the facade or indoors, whether of subtle simplicity or spectacular finesse – the directness of their effects captures the eye. Silvery, coppery and golden shine can be achieved using decorative paints with metallic pigments. Whether single walls, entire rooms or even facades are to be designed using these paints – the fine shine is accentuated and creates a noble effect. This metallic effect can also be used to emphasise fascinating features even on a small scale.

The art of beautiful writing


What has long been a trend in graphics as hand lettering, can also be transferred to the wall. Font types offer unknown possibilities when it comes to individually designing walls. Proportions, different typefaces and letter sizes can be used to design the walls in a way that they literally speak to the observer. To do this, you don't have to be perfect at writing at all, you just have to enjoy it. Rather, it is important to creatively use the obvious and familiar and cleverly combine them with each other, for example, digital and manual tools. In this way, typefaces with a high degree of ornamental and decorative appeal are created in an amazingly simple manner, which can be used to design private and public spaces. 

Sophisticated decoration

Ornamental painting

In defiance of a time of steel and glass architecture and all of the efficient construction concepts, ornamental painting experiences a new revival. Very much a trend at the moment are ornamental and floral designs, which are either applied by printing, with a stencil or free-hand with the paint brush. The design vocabulary is situated somewhere between modern, classic, romantic and opulent. Whereby the muralist has access to a rich and diverse ornament repertoire to decorate buildings.

Dream or Reality?

Illusionist paintings

Until today, illusionistic painting has lost none of its amazing fascination. A balustrade with antique columns or a view out onto the Mediterranean: Illusionist painting transforms walls into projection surfaces that inspire and which gives rooms a certain something different. The more realistic the illusion is, the greater is the recognition that is paid equally to the work and the artist. KEIMFARBEN also supports this very special trend with respective seminars and publications and the already mentioned product line for artistic designers.


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