Any guidance when working with a dark floor? How can someone make use of space and lighting to achieve the illusion of a larger area?
When working with a dark floor my advice would be to check the contrast in tone between the floor and any piece of furniture or rug placed on it. You should avoid having the same tonal value between both, otherwise, you will have the perception that the furniture or rug ‘is part’ of the floor. I like to call it the ‘chameleon’ effect. You can create the illusion of a larger area by using soft (low saturated) colours with a high (light) tonal value. Lighter colours will reflect more light making the room feel bigger.
How influential do you believe colour to be on an individual’s emotions?
The human response to colour is very complex but I believe colour has a major impact on an individual’s emotions. Some colours make us feel sad, others happy or relaxed. That is why [it’s] so important to understand the individual needs of a client when specifying a colour for a room.
Can you explain the theory behind ground subtraction? Can it be avoided?
Ground subtraction can apply to any of the three properties of colour: hue, value and chroma, and implies that we have a ‘ground’ that carries a colour. It can be a cushion on a sofa, a piece of art on the wall or a rug on the floor, etc. Let's focus on hue in this example and consider a dark floor as the ground and a high value (light) rug as the carrier. The floor (ground) is going to take the aspect that it shares with the carrier (hue). Therefore, by taking away ‘hue’ from the rug, the rug is going to look lighter than it actually is. We cannot avoid ground subtraction. The main thing is to be aware of it when selecting flooring, wall colours, furniture, window covering and homewares for the house!