How can colors impact your feelings

We have chosen Red, White, and Blue! It is July, we are celebrating our independence

 

The colors our flag!

As we all know, colors have a direct effect on how we feel. Most of us also know that changing the colors in one area can dramatically change the way a room looks and feels. Colors can affect different people in different ways; sometimes our perceptions of color are affected by our specific cultures, experiences or traditions.

Blue: It’s considered a calming color, primarily because that’s how most people feel looking at a body of water. Light blues – such as aqua or turquoise – are serene and suggestive of energy and creativity. On the other hand, deep blues – such as navy and indigo – are more formal and suggestive of tradition, sophistication, and intelligence.

Red: Red has a variety of meanings that range from love to war! Red suggests warmth, energy, and strength. It is considered royal in some cultures and exudes confidence in others. It’s a very strong color and must be used carefully!

White: What comes to mind when most people think of white are purity, clarity, and innocence. (At least that’s what comes to my mind … what about you?) To you, white might represent integrity, calmness, and cleanliness. It definitely can be used to make a space look larger, lighter and brighter.

Like red, white can be tricky. Sometimes people think they can use any white with any other color and it will work nicely. Well, there are so many shades of white – and they can look very different next to other colors – so choose wisely. Sometimes mixing various shades of white in one space can add sophistication and class so you might consider this approach.

 

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Need to update your paint colors? Now is the best time to do so!

Fall is a beautiful season and we are lucky to live in the Midwest, where we get to experience the transformation of colors. Follow these simple tips to incorporate some of those dynamic colors in your home without breaking the bank:

  • Ask yourself some questions to come up with a personal color guide. What are the colors that appeal to you from the fall palate? What comes to my mind from the red family are deep clay, spice, burnt orange, or habanera chili! How about the green family? Perhaps the color of herbs, sage, olives, or moss. Yellow has extended shades that go well with the fall palate, such as mustard, tea stain, honey, and white raisins. When it comes to the blue family, think more blues with lighter shades and yellow undertones. Please do not forget that purples can make dynamic accents, are wonderful compliments to yellows, and work beautifully well with greens. Perhaps using purples with red undertones will be your excellent choice for the fall. Whatever you decide, make sure you are thinking subdued and grayed to really get that season’s feeling in your home.
  • Once you pick the colors you want to work with, make sure they work well with your current décor! Use them as accents to your already present design and furniture: bring in new pillows, lamp shades, tassels, accessories, and so on. You aren’t redecorating the room, just dressing it appropriately for the new season!
  • Getting yourself a new rug that matches your newly accessorized room can complete your fall look and tie the room together.
  • How about playing around with your windows’ side panels or adding some sheers to keep out those dreary fall days?

I hope these tips help you welcome the new season by giving your home a face lift without overspending. Remember making a few changes will lift up your spirits, take away the boredom and drab, and add new energy to your space. And finally, make sure that your windows are well insulated with proper shades and draperies to keep the cold away and help you save more on your heating bills. Maybe you can pocket that money for your next interior design project!

Call (630) 420-0800

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Color Matters…Preview for 2013

Color trends in our area are actually a reflection of what is happening on a global scale. Trends are moving towards toned and rich colors, pastels, and jewel tones. Also, the way designers are combining colors is also changing. Some palettes are subtle but add excitement and interest by adding a brilliant green, aqua, salmon or orchid color. Other color schemes are dramatic and contrasting but are unified with copper, silver or jewel tones.

Pantone Inc., a leading authority on color, has named EMERALD GREEN as their Color of the Year for 2013.

Benjamin Moore Paint offers new insight into the 2013 color trends by their suggested color palettes. Bold colors are featured but are more neutralized than previous years.  Think of bright blues or corals toned down with shades of grey. Crisp contrasting navy blues and yellows are paired with icy whites and steel greys.

LEMON SORBET is deemed as Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2013. It is an ideal color that perfectly transitions the mid-tones and saturated colors seen in today’s home furnishings with the softer, pastels which are emerging for 2013.
 

This lovely, unifying color harmonizes with pastels in the mint, coral, pink, blue, and vanilla families. It is also neutral enough to compliment the up and coming jewel and earthy tones.   

 

I believe that each space is unique and should tell a story. Personalities and desired mood settings should be incorporated into a room. As a Certified Color Specialist, I can assist you in combining colors and furnishings to make an impressive statement in your interiors! 

For free consultation call 630 420-0800

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Fall colors! How about bringing them in your home?

Fall is a beautiful season and we are lucky to live in the Midwest, where we get to experience the transformation of colors. Follow these simple tips to incorporate some of those dynamic colors in your home without breaking the bank:

  • Ask yourself some questions to come up with a personal color guide. What are the colors that appeal to you from the fall palate? What comes to my mind from the red family are deep clay, spice, burnt orange, or habanero Chili!  How about the green family? Perhaps the color of herbs, sage, olives, or moss. Yellow has extended shades that go well with the fall palate, such as mustard, tea stain, honey, and white raisins. When it comes to the blue family, think more blues with lighter shades and yellow undertones. Please do not forget that purples can make dynamic accents, are wonderful compliments to yellows, and work beautifully well with greens. Perhaps using purples with red undertones will be your excellent choice for the fall. Whatever you decide, make sure you are thinking subdued and grayed to really get that season’s feeling in your home.
  • Once you pick the colors you want to work with, make sure they work well with your current decor! Use them as accents to your already present design and furniture: bring in new pillows, lamp shades, tassels, accessories, and so on. You aren’t redecorating the room, just dressing it appropriately for the new season!
  • Getting yourself a new rug that matches your newly accessorized room can complete your fall look and tie the room together.
  • How about playing around with your windows’ side panels or adding some sheers to keep out those dreary fall days?

I hope these tips help you welcome the new season by giving your home a face lift without overspending. Remember making a few changes will lift up your spirits, take away the boredom and drab, and add new energy to your space. And finally, make sure that your windows are well insulated with proper shades and draperies to keep the cold away and help you save more on your heating bills. Maybe you can pocket that money for your next interior design project!

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Do you like to sew? Great! We have the fabrics, trims, tassels and even patterns!

That is right! If you like to sew your own window treatments, and feel confident enough to be your own seamstress, we can assist! We carry a vast variety of fabrics, trims, tassels, and even drapery patterns. We offer design consultation, to help you put together your design project, from selecting the colors, rearranging the furniture, to picking the right fabrics for your windows and upholstery. We carry fabrics such as, Robert Allen, Kravet, Fabricut, Kasmir, RM COCO, Carole fabrics, and much more.

How about the drapery hardware? That can be a challenge! We carry products made here in the US and imported products as well. We have hardware for every style, taste and budget. see the video:

We now also offer a free phone consultation–a new added service–to benefit our clients, and help transform their houses into dream homes. Add the WOW factor to every little corner!

Please visit our website for other services we provide.

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Color Trends from Pittsburgh paint!

Color trends for 2012.

The state of the economy has always had an effect on the industry of home fashions and interior design trends and color trends, as well. We all have experienced the effect of the slow economy and how it has impacted people’s emotion and the sense of uncertainty it has brought to people’s lives.

Therefore the need for happiness, optimism, and hope resulted in richer, brighter, bolder colors. The background might be still and neutral, but one can see some pop, or accent of bright colors as a reminder of a happier future ahead. Bright colors are happy, and bring energy and enthusiasm.

The eagerness to have joy, and the need to boldly thrive all has impacted the color industry and the return of bold strong colors will gain momentum this year.

In addition to bolder colors, intensity is what we are observing in new color trends. Nothing creates intensity like high contrast. This can be done by using neutrals to balance out the strong color. Other ways to create contrast are to couple warm and cool colors, or shadow and light. These options can help create the perfect environment and stay hip with the color trends.

Color combinations are particularly important when it comes to interior design. Creating a look for a room is not just about one color, but about the careful selection of a few colors that go well together, as well as the emotions they create when they are paired.

Here are some palettes that were created by Pittsburgh paint.

Local Revival:

This trend is about unplugging from a complicated life and living more simply, in harmony with one’s community. It’s about reconnecting with the rhythm of the seasons, homegrown foods and the materials of the region. Craftsmanship is valued. Materials are strong and classic: leather, wood, aged metal. Design forms are simple and familiar: antique-industrial and retro-mechanical. Folkloric patterns tell the stories of generations. The palette is a mix of red berries, stone gray and solid brown refreshed by a creamy white. PPG colors in this palette are Rum Punch (231-7), Burnt Red (133-7), Pralines and Cream (117-3), Earl Grey (522-5) and Poppy Pods (526-6).

Beauty Queen:

This palette speaks to the unapologetically confident woman. It’s the return of glam with  disco sophistication. Beauty Queen strikes a feminine note but doesn’t exclude her suave, charming man. It’s high-intensity color that can turn light and airy on a dime. Lush and mysterious, soft and fresh, girly but not; the built-in contrasts sensation-seekers want. Ultra-slick surfaces like Lucite and mirrors capture the best spirit of the 70s. Sharp fuchsia pink and juicy purple are softened with cosmetic pink and freshened with this year’s brighter teal and white. PPG colors in this palette are Grape Juice (240-7), Tutti Frutti (138-7), Whirlpool (202-3), Candlelight Beige (216-1) and Brandy Alexander (535-3).

Quiet Tech

It’s impossible to unplug without a place to escape to, so minimalism is the foundation of this trend.  Rooms have visual interest without complication. Details and embellishments are kept to a minimum. Pale and mid-tone wood tones don’t overpower the space. Shapes are rounded and tactile to keep rooms from feeling barren or cold. In the palette, ink blues play with earthy and calming neutrals.PPG colors in this palette are Gray Stone (517-4), Blue Tang (449-7), Chinese Porcelain (449-6), Earthy Ocher (315-5) and Spice Delight (215-2).

Deco Candy

Bringing together vibrant colors and fun design, Deco Candy transforms a home into an intensely joyful playground. A vivid harmony of citrus accented by this year’s bright blue, clean green and tangerine, the color scheme is irresistibly optimistic. Stripes and color-blocking bring a sense of organization to what could otherwise be too boisterous a spectrum of hues.

Colors awaken the senses. PPG colors in this palette are Mother of Pearl (513-1), Persian Blue (153-5), Hearty Hosta (208-5), Tangerine Dream (123-7) and Citrus Spice (110-7).

Do you like to learn more about your colors preferences and personality? Visit www.voiceofcolor.com  and select the color sense game. Enjoy!

Call us if you have any questions or needs for color consultations. (630) 420-0800.