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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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.

Your home office, is it designed to increase your productivity?

Often working from home is challenging, you have to be motivated, focused, and organized.  Having a well designed office is a must to give you that boost of energy you need to be productive, motivated, and up lifted.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Get your office organized! There is nothing more distracting than a cluttered office that will cause delay and aggravation. ( see link below for an organizer)
  • Select your color schemes carefully. Choose colors that you like, colors that give you happiness and put you in a good mood. The type of work you do can have an influence on what colors to choose. If you need to be energized pick reds, yellows, tangerines, and colors that have less gray in them, more clear rather than subdued. If your line of work require that you stay calm, then blues, greens, and soft neutrals would be good choices to consider for a calming serene environment.
  • Have a theme; select your furnishing and accessories accordingly.
  • Vary your texture for comfort and interest.
  • Do not forget the ergonomics; treat your spine and joint with TLC. After all safety, comfort, efficiency, and productivity is our goal.

Please enjoy this video of a home office in Burr Ridge Illinois (Dupage county Illinois)

Please call us for all your window covering needs(630) 420-0800.

For an office organizer specialist please call Kim Cosentino (630)968-7557 or visit her web De-Clutter Box