Archive for the ‘Interior Design’ Category

Happy couple.While selecting paint colors can be intimidating, it’s important to remember that something as simple as a touch of paint can transform a room.  Not only can it add warmth and depth to a room, it is an inexpensive and quick way to conceal a multitude of challenges.

 If you think you have no budget to complete update your home, you can use paint to convert something you hate into something you love.

  • Instead of replacing that unusual bathroom tile, which can cost a fortune, use a coordinating color to down play its undesirable features.
  • Furnishing the Living Room is quite a task; however, unfurnished rooms don’t look as empty in warm colors.
  • Replacing that hand-me-down sofa in the Family Room is not required, as a similar paint color will virtually blend it into the wall.

 Color inspiration can come from photos, paintings, fabrics and magazines, and by using a licensed painting contractor and good quality paint, the colors will leave you feeling satisfied and content until you can afford an overhaul.

 By: Denise Turner – www.colorturners.com

Color can dramatically improve your home’s Chi (energy). Paint is the easiest and least expensive way to make this happen. 

Feng Shui (sometimes called the Chinese Art of Object Placement) has been practiced throughout Asia for centuries. Its objective is to harness positive “Chi” and deflect the negative, in order to balance the environment.  When the Chi is balanced, it can improve health, relationships and financial prosperity.  FengShuiPic1

The latest scientific findings in physics and energy have given evidence to Feng Shui’s legitimacy. It is commonly accepted that everything in the universe vibrates. All of our senses, as well as everything we encounter, are intune to specific frequencies, which we either react to positively or negatively. We’re familiar with radio waves and electronic devices that transmit sound waves for television and radio. Color also has a vibrational energy.

Thanks to modern technology, scientists are able to make sense of the ancient formulas Feng Shui is based on. Red, for example, has the longest color wavelength and is most powerful. For centuries, Feng Shui Masters, have been using red to cultivate positive Chi and is now commonly used on business’ dorrs to attract more money into the establishment.

Through ancient teachings, we have learned the holistic benefits of the natural elements. The traditional Five Elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, as well as Color, are found in nature and are evident in all good design. 

By: Denise Turner

You’ve finally decided to remodel that 1970s kitchen - out with the Avocado Green and Harvest Gold tile. Wait! Those colors are back.

Presuming you have a design, licensed contractor and building permits, there are some things to consider before bringing in the wrecking crew:

  • Set up a temporary kitchen. Patios are ideal. Water and drain lines in exterior walls can occasionally be temporally routed to a utility sink. It beats washing dishes in the bathtub.  
  • Stay out of construction zones. It’s for your safety.  Think ahead of where you place items to make them accessable and out of the way of the remodelling crew. 
  • Be flexible!  Unexpected situations will occur.
  • Contractor’s Aid. Designate a bathroom; keep snacks and nonalcoholic drinks coming. 

Keep your sense of humor! You’ll soon have the home you desired. 

 By: Denise Turner

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These helpful tips will boost your color confidence and ensure that you have a successful painting experience.

6.    Look outside! Your exterior needs help tooSmallHousePic1

While you can wildly spin your color wheel on the interior, the exterior is another story. In the ever ending suburbian sea of Navajo White and Swiss Coffee homes, you want to stand out. But you want to stand out in a good way. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Fools Rush In’, you probably remember the shock of Salma Hayek’s brightly colored house between all of the stucco-colored homes. 

Here are some things to consider, before heading out to the paint store.

  •  Consider the neighborhood’s palette; do you need to comply with a set color scheme?  
  • As in the interiors, test the paint colors with the exterior finishes, such as stone, brick, died concrete and roofing material.  
  • Dark trim colors draw attention to architectural detail and visually ground the roof line. They also absorb more light than lighter hues, which is why lighter colors last longer and fade less.
  • Earth-tons, such as beige, brown and tan, are the most stable for exterior colors.

7.    What’s Your Room’s Mood?  

When selecting a color scheme, consider the room’s mood. For example; in a baby nursery, the room should stimulate your baby’s senses while providing a soothing, nurturing environment in which they can grow.  Did you know that babies cry more in yellow rooms? By using calming colors, such as green, blue, and brown, it gives babies and their parents a better night sleep. 

A word of caution, often times there is an emotional reaction when you go from white walls to color. Sometimes it’s good; sometimes it’s bad. So live with the colors for a couple days before making the decision to go back to white.ShopPic1

8.    Ask! Ask! Ask!

 

 

Ask for advice from the knowledgeable staff at the paint store.  Tell them about your project, goals, and any concerns you might have; ask them which paint products they recommend and why. If you’re not a Home Improvement Weekend Warrior, this is the best place to ask the sales staff for referrals of reputable and licensed painting contractors. 

9.    Do Your Home Work

 Resist the urge to make your final color selection in the store. View the colors in your home under natural and artificial light; view exterior colors outside. Pick up paint chips, tri-fold paint combinations, and purchase supplies to prep. Your next visit to the paint store, you’ll be prepared to paint with confidence. However, if it’s a ‘paint emergency’ and you absolutely have to paint that day, take the paint chips outside of the store and view them in natural lighting.

10.    Caution - Wet Paint!

Don’t panic! Wet paint looks different than dry paint when you first see it applied to the wall. Let it dry, then check it with your other samples for the room, such as carpet, fabric and tile, before deciding if it looks right.

By: Denise Turner

Selecting paint colors should be added to the list of “Things That Fear People The Most”, just after dying and public speaking. This is unfortunate, as paint gives you the biggest bang for your buck. It protects your largest investment and is the easiest way to conceal a multitude of challenges. With hundreds of colors to choose from, making a decision seems like an extraordinary test.Colored pencil wheel

These helpful tips will boost your color confidence and ensure that you have successful painting experience.

1.    Learn Color Basics

By understanding the fundamentals of color theory, you will learn how to create color harmonies (colors that look good together).  The color wheel also helps you identify warm and cool hues. You’ll be surprised at how many color combinations work beautifully together and you may even become attracted to entirely new color palettes.

2.    Color inspiration

Color inspiration can from anything that catches your eye or expresses your style. Select a favorite color to pull from art work, rugs, photos, fabrics, dishes and magazines.  I once designed an entire home for a client from a post card of their tropical vacation.  

3.    Think Small

If you’re a little color shy and not sure where to begin, experiment in a powder room, laundry room, or try an accent wall.  This also helps you practice your skills if you’re doing this on your own, because you can always repaint it if it doesn’t work out. 

4.    Shed a Little Light

Have you ever gotten dressed under fluorescent lighting, only to step outside and say, “WHAT WAS I THINKING?”  Most likely, you experienced a color and light phenomenon called Metamerism. This happens when two colors appear to match in one light source, but not in another.

When selecting interior colors, consider the light source. Natural lighting, fluorescents, incandescent and LED affect colors differently.  Bright daylight reflecting off a blush pink or sky blue creates an airy feeling; lamplight and candlelight reflecting on Moroccan Red produce a rich glow.

 5.    Test Your Paint ColorBigChips

Paint with confidence by testing your colors on poster board or large areas of the wall. This can be done by purchasing a couple quarts of paint or by taping a few paint chips together. You can also purchase big sheets or test paint tubes from some paint store to allow you to sample the colors.  Don’t be afraid to go beyond your color comfort one. Live with the test colors for a couple days and view them in different lighting; you may love the colors in one lighting and not the other. 

  •  View your paint chips with all the colors that will be in the room. Carpet, fabric, wood tile, and solid surfaces all influence the overall color palette.
  • View paint chips vertical. They look different horizontal.

Check back tomorrow for the last 5 tips on selecting paint!

By: Denise Turner