Posts Tagged ‘Color Is’
Color Up Your Curb Appeal
If you want to add some pizzazz to the outside of your home, whether for your own satisfaction or because you’re thinking of selling, consider using color. You can update your home’s exterior to give it a fresh look or to incorporate trends that you enjoy. When it’s done well, adding a pop of color can also increase your home’s curb appeal and help your home stand out in the crowd.
But how do you add color the right way? Here are some tips to get you started on using paint to your home’s best advantage.
- Remember the constants. When you decide to change your home’s color, first think about its unchangeable features—brick, stonework, roof—and its era and architectural style. That will help you narrow down options.
Paint Colors Inspired by Spring Break
It’s spring break season, and if my Facebook friends are any indication, throngs of people are heading south to warmer climates and sandy beaches. When you’re at the seashore, it’s wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of dreary, blah, cold life. The warm sunshine, sand between your toes, fresh ocean air—it’s an entirely sensational experience and pretty much the opposite of what we’re dealing with here at home! Even the décor at the beach is different, with bright colors of aqua to coral, and plenty of beach-themed accessories. If you love that vibe, you incorporate it into your décor once you’re home.
When it comes to paint, you can add some pops of “beach” colors into your space. This entryway is full of color and vitality. Perhaps the homeowner was attracted to these colors after going to the beach?
Springtime prints, paints, and accessories.
For me, springtime brings to mind grass turning green, yellow daffodils unfurling, tulips blooming. The return of warm weather, blooming trees’ light petals and lilac bushes leave me drawn to springtime pastels and light, dreamy colors.
That’s my inspiration for this week’s blog—decorating with pretty pastels, whether the colors are found in prints, paint or accessories. How do you like to use pastels?
An important thing to keep in mind when decorating with pastels is balance and the “sometimes less is more” concept—you don’t want your home to look like an overgrown Easter egg. The neutrals or bright accent colors you use along with your pastels are critical to keeping the look sophisticated and on trend. If you’re painting and want to incorporate pastel blue, for example, how about using an intense green hue as an accent color?
Gray Color Trends
There are color trends that come and go, colors that were once hip that are “in” again, and then there are certain neutrals that seem popular year after year. They have long-term staying power. Gray is one of those colors—it goes with so many complementary shades, can be cool or warm, acts as the perfect background for bright pops of color or can stand alone, too.
This bedroom uses gray to set the tone for a soothing, relaxing retreat.
March Madness Inspired Rooms
College basketball fans love their teams, and March Madness can get intense. A friend of mine scheduled surgery at its onset so he could recover while watching the games. I read an article claiming that lost worker productivity costs companies $1.7 billion during March Madness—although that statistic’s validity has been debated. Either way, March Madness is coming and basketball fans are gearing up for some great action on the court. Bring some of that excitement home with you and try these basketball inspired rooms.
Younger fans might take their love for basketball and, while they’re still young enough to carry it off, apply it to the décor in their bedrooms.
You can have subtle touches of your basketball theme, implementing accent pieces here and there—an autographed, framed jersey on the wall; a vintage leather basketball; maybe picture frames.
Home trends to try in 2014.
Sometimes we crave something new. We want to check out a new store, buy a new pair of shoes, try a new restaurant or travel to a new city. Change can be fun, exciting, and energizing. The same concept holds true for your home. It can be fun to add a zip of color here, a dash of style there. At the same time, we can’t redecorate our home constantly—no one has the time or energy for that. But there are ways to update your home to give it a fresh feel without breaking the bank.
Color expert Kate Smith knows a thing or two about how to refresh a home. She keeps up on the latest trends in design and offers knowledgeable, fresh interior paint tips for homes. She says that there are ways to update the look of your house without having to redo an entire space.
“What’s really interesting and on trend at the moment is to add in a really unexpected color,” says Smith. “Take your scheme, maybe a traditional scheme that’s even been around for a while, and all of a sudden bring in an acidy green, or a swampy brown, or even a red violet, but a color that you just generally would not ever think to use with the other colors that you have going on.”
Radiant Orchid decorations for Valentine’s Day.
You take this year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Then you take this week’s holiday, Valentine’s Day. Put them together and you have the perfect excuse to add a pop of fresh color to your décor while trying out a new look in your home.
Depending on your desire for change and your home’s current style, you can add a little touch of Radiant Orchid or go for a more dramatic effect. The color is in the purple-pink family and goes well with neutrals, particularly creams, grays and taupe. Pantone also recommends combining Radiant Orchid with turquoise, teal, light yellow, and even darker greens such as olive and hunter green. Read the rest of this entry »
Valentine’s Day Inspired Rooms
Valentine’s Day is coming near, and ‘tis the season to see red, pink and white wherever you turn. Yes, it can be too much when your local gift store has overdone it. But it can be fun to decorate at home with red and pink, whether it’s a temporary use of the colors in honor of the holiday or a color scheme you enjoy year-round.
Personally, I love pops of red. The main living space in my home has accent colors of claret—mostly in an area rug, comfy throw and accent pillows. Red can warm up a space and add visual interest. However, you want to be careful when incorporating intense hues, especially reds. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with a space that feels intense or angry; you want reds that add positively to the vibe of a space. Depending on the tone and hue of the red you like, that might translate into an atmosphere that is energetic and has pizzazz, feels luxurious and elegant or seems rustic and comfortable.
How to Pick the Perfect Color
Some people are born with a gift of knowing color and style. They sense instinctively what would look perfect in this space or that, what color would add a pop of visual interest, what neutrals work best in what lighting. Thankfully, for the rest of us who don’t have that innate knowledge, there’s help.
Color expert Belinda Dietrich recommends that homeowners think about specific areas they want to focus on so that they can best use their time effectively. They should spend some time visualizing the mood they want the space to imbue—cozy and intimate, bright and energetic, luxurious or elegant. Find one thing they love in their space as an inspiration or focal point.
The process of selecting new colors begins by gathering information about the colors of the fixed components in the space, and make a list of colors you love or hate.
It can help to ask for an outside perspective. Other people and experts like Dietrich may see things that someone living in the space on a daily basis doesn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
2014 Color Trends
Sometimes you want to incorporate a color into your home that’s fresh, colorful and trendy. That’s when you may consider the Pantone color of the year, which for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.
Let’s take a look at this color and discuss ways you can incorporate it into your home to update your décor.
As you can see, Radiant Orchid is in the purple-pink family, rich but not too bright or dark. It works well with neutrals, especially taupes, grays, and creams. According to Pantone, “As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.” Read the rest of this entry »