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Article 7 Newsletter Issue 7 August 2009 | all articles

Color Makes All the Difference!

How Color Impacts Our Environment

bedroom We are working on a color presentation for a speaking engagement and thought that this would be a great time to talk about how color affects us and our surroundings. Now is the perfect time to have new color put on your walls and change the look of your home. Some of our clients have interior painting done while they are away. They don't have to deal with the mess and when they come home, voila…a new space!

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to change the climate of a room. Whether you do it yourself or hire a painter, we can help you pick
the perfect color.

Look around you and really take in your walls. Are they still Decorator White because you can't decide which direction to go in? Are they the same color you've had for quite a while now? Is there one room that never got attention and time has just slipped away? Painting is one of the least expensive ways to change the climate of a room. Whether you do it yourself or hire a painter, we can help you pick the perfect color.

A little about color in general. Warm colors (reds, yellows, oranges) tend to have more "energy" and give warmth to a room. Cool colors (blues, greens) tend to be more soothing and calming. Tans and beiges are a mixture of colors and have a dominant undertone so there are cool beiges and warm beiges, for example. It's important to choose colors that will work with the other colors in the room or on adjacent walls. Mostly in the warm tones, too much or the wrong color will create a visual "buzz" that is jarring for the eye. Also, when using opposite colors, it's best to have a third color to create a more appealing palette. For example, red and green are opposites and if you just had equal amounts of those colors in a room, they would fight with each other. But introduce a gold tone and keep the amounts of the colors unequal, and you will have a much more pleasing group of hues.

Too much color or the wrong color will create a visual "buzz" that is
jarring for the eye.

Certain colors work better in particular rooms. Red is a very strong and energized color. It works best in small quantities but works well in a dining room because it stimulates appetite. So many parents want to use red in a child's room when doing a sports theme (Red Sox and Patriot's!). Because it's so stimulating, don't use red in a child's room unless it's the accent wall behind the bed. This way you can use it in the décor but your child won't see it when he/she is trying to fall asleep!

In the Master Bedroom, it's best to go with soothing colors like blues, gray-greens and cool beiges. You'll instantly feel the calming effects of what should be your sanctuary at the end of the day.

Blue is the world's most favorite color but green is the color that is used the most. Because we want to connect to nature, bringing green into a living room, for example, does just that.

Bathrooms should not have too bright of a color painted on its walls. Since we look in the mirror quite a bit in the bathroom, the best choices for color are close to skin tones: tan, mocha, peachy-coral. Or give it a watery appearance with soft blues and blue-grays.

Blue is the world's most favorite color but green is the color that is used the most. Because we want to connect to nature, bringing green into a living room, for example, does just that. Green can go from soothing (with undertones of gray) to vibrant (think bright apple or lime green). Green also goes with almost any other color. It's very easy to decorate with. Depending on your personality and style, we can help you pick the right shade!

We offer color consultations at $75 an hour and can guide you with either interior or exterior color choices. We can also recommend great painters that will do a fantastic and tidy job! Choosing the right color for your home can get very overwhelming! We are here to help change that room from blah to voila!

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