The Virtual House

Furniture Colours


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Photograph of 1970s living room design
Colour in the living room - click to enlarge

It is thought the human sense of colour developed because it helped our distant ancestors to pick out ripe fruit. Colour can still make us feel happy or sad, though when it comes to furniture colours, what made your grandparents smile might make your mum and dad frown – it’s called fashion!

Modern designers and manufacturers take colour very seriously. New technology helps in several ways. Better dyes offer purer fabric colours that don’t fade. A dye adds colour to textiles, hair, food and other materials. Some dyes, such as indigo blue are made from plants, but most dyes are synthetics (man-made).

Advertisment for 1930s living room furniture and furnishings
1930s living room
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Advertisment for 1930s dining room furniture and furnishings
1930s dining room
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Colour can now be measured accurately so that furniture lines or paints stay the same from production batch to production batch. Standard measurements mean components made on opposite sides of the world can be matched when they come together. And now that electronics can splash fashionable shades on screens, magazines and posters everywhere, our awareness of colour is greater than ever.


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