Neutral colors are the platform which most fashion and design elements are built on. Just look at your closet and you will find your favorite neutrals that bring the pieces together. Look at your home and somewhere you will find the neutral color that ties the look together.
I recently realized that I was seeing a large number of photos where pink was used as a neutral color. I don't mean a bright, hot shade of pink. This shade is is very pale with a hint of beige undertones.
The featured photograph this week is a good example of the color I am talking about. It's very soft and subtle with its own sense of elegance. I can see it working as the neutral color.
What about you, would you use this color of pink as a neutral in your home?
I was driving through town last week and noticed how many apartment building there were. Not only existing buildings, but a lot of new buildings are under construction. That's when it hit me - an enormous number of people are living with white walls. And most of those can't paint them any other color.
So just what can you do when you are stuck with white walls and still have a home that looks amazing? I have come up with 3 tips that will help you.
White is the color associated with new beginnings, purity and innocence. It can make your home feel fresh and clean. Don't be afraid to embrace your white walls and use them to your advantage.
Benjamin Moore has named Shadow as their color for 2017. This is a deep purple-gray color. They went to the other end of the spectrum from last year. In 2016 they chose Simply White. But I love this year's color.
Because of its darkness it could make a space seem too dark rather easily. But used with a light touch it can add a sense of drama and elegance. It would be a stunning color with wood in mid to light colors.
Will you be bringing this color into your home this year? Sound off in the comments.
It's that time of year again when Pantone and all the paint companies are picking their color of the year. While this certainly doesn't mean you need to rush to repaint or buy new furnishings, what it does mean is that it will be easier for you to find these colors in paint and fabrics. Over the next few weeks I will highlight some of these colors of 2017 and suggests ways to use them.
Pantone has chosen Greenery as their color of 2017. In the world of color therapy green is the color of nature. So logically it also symbolizes growth, harmony and hope. Since Greenery is the color we see in spring when all the new growth is occurring I think that Greenery is a good fit to bring the influence of these things into our lives.
But I can't imagine an entire room in this color. For me, personally, it would be overwhelming. I can see it as a fabulous accent color. I can also see it being used to brighten a small area that doesn't receive a lot of natural light. Use Greenery in your accents such as throw pillows or pick up the color in your window coverings. You can also use your wall art to bring touches of this color into your home.
I actually love this color as green and it's many shades and hues are among my favorite colors. And while you won't find a large number of green flowers I am happy to say that I have two gorgeous photographs that will bring this color into your home. One is featured here today and I will share the other with you in my next post.
Too much of a bright high energy color can be exhausting. Which is why you need to think about balancing the energy of your colors used in the various rooms in your home.
I find it helps to think about how a room is going to be used when picking colors. Consider your vision for how you want to feel in that room. For example I generally equate my living room with relaxing and interaction with family and friends. So I wouldn't choose a bright, primary orange. I like orange so if I want to use it in the living room I would choose a darker more muted shade and probably only use it on one wall. But in the kitchen I would choose a lighter, more vibrant orange as that room is a high energy room.
Bedrooms are generally quieter, more passive spaces where we want to get a good nights sleep. Blues and greens have a calm soothing effect that works well in rooms like this. But you still need to balance out that passive energy. Use your lower energy color as your main color and then bring in some splashes of color like yellow to add a happy, sunny feeling to the room. Your accent colors can add the balance the room needs.
If you've ever looked at a color wheel you will notice that the colors opposite each other, which compliment each other, balances a warm color with a cool color. If you want a balance holistic feeling to your home take a cue from the color wheel and think balance while incorporating your favorite colors into your home.
The deliciousness of yellow. It makes you think of sunny days, happy times and of being warm. Using yellow in your home can give the room that feel good experience that yellow invokes in us.
There are many degrees or hues of yellow. So how do you decide which one to use? Think about the room and who will be using it. Studies show that babies in bright yellow rooms tend to cry more. So for a nursery you might want to use a soft muted hue. But a windowless hallway can handle brighter yellows.
What kind of exposure does the room have? Do you live in a warm sunny climate with few gray days? If you live where the winters are cold and gray using a brighter, warmer yellow can help to brighten the room and your mood. Yellow might be a good winter color for you if you suffer from SAD.
Yellow is the most reflective color in our visible spectrum. So if you are choosing yellow as your wall color you need to consider its visual intensity or how bright it will look on the wall. I think that with yellow it is very important to test paint ares of your wall before you decide. See how it looks in the light and how it makes you feel when you walk in the room. Because of its reflective value people make more mistakes with yellow than any other color. Make use of those test sample paint cans whenever you are choosing a new color of paint for you walls, but especially so when choosing a color like yellow.
If you want that feel good experience of yellow without painting your walls you can always use it as an accent. Paintings, photographs, throw pillows or a vase of yellow flowers are good ways to bring yellow into your home. Don't dismiss yellow because you think it is too bright. Find a hue that makes you feel good when you look at it and bring that into your home.
I'm sure most everyone has heard of Feng Shui. Basically it is an ancient Chinese art and science. It involves a rather complex body of knowledge that guides us in balancing the energy of any space to assure health and good fortune for the people that live there.
What I found interesting in reading about Feng Shui is that it also includes the use of colors. There are eight directions in Feng Shui. Each of these directions has a color associated with it. As I understand it, and I have just scratched the surface of Feng Shui, based on directional location of a room in your home you should incorporate the color that is associated with that direction. My bedroom is in an east location. For the east the color is green. The directions also have elements associated to them such as fire, wood or metal, etc.
But there is so much more involved in Feng Shui. I am fascinated with the use and the meaning of the colors for Feng Shui because, as you may have noticed, I have an interest in colors and how they are used in healing. Feng Shui is based on achieving good health. As I continue to read and learn I will share with you how you can incorporated some of these principles in your decor.
I would really like to know if any of you use Feng Shui when decorating your homes. If so, how do you think it has affected your life?
Choosing colors to paint your walls is a big decision. We all have our favorite colors, but maybe painting your walls orange just isn't a livable option! No matter how much you like the color.
So how do you decide on a color palette that you can live with? Painting can be fun, but not if you need to redo it because it turned out a disaster and not at all like you saw it in your mind.
I have a fun solution to picking your a color palette. While doing some surfing I found this fun tool at My Color Topia. There is a quiz that in the end will give you colors based on your personality. And who doesn't love a fun internet quiz? The link is to their page that has several color picking tools that you will find useful as you decorate. This personality based one is called My Life, My Colors Quiz.
The site is full of fun, helpful tools that will help you to really see what your room would look in your chosen color palette. All before you go out and buy the paint. Since is is powered by Glidden Paint you will get their paint color names, which is nice when you go to by the paint.
I hope you find this site not only fun but useful. I love that one of my colors is called Shaded Fern. Makes me think of being out in the woods on a summer day, which is my number one happy place.
When it comes to furnishing and decorating your home spending less is not going to get you more. Especially when you are looking for lasting quality. From a personal point of view I would rather have less, but purchase items that are quality and that I will love for long time.
Following that idea I find that I prefer uncluttered spaces. I like a room that is more minimal in its design and decor. In a decor that is more minimal the pieces that you do have can stand out and be better appreciated. Your color palette and the textures you incorporate can add warmth to the room or if you prefer a cooler atmosphere.
Well placed accent pieces and works of art will add to the overall feel and atmosphere. Plus they will stand out in a less cluttered room. By choosing your art well there isn't a need to clutter your home with pieces that are okay, but that you really lack a lasting connection to them. Choose well, let the art speak to you so that you can enjoy it and your room for years to come.
It's not always an easy task to choose the interior paint colors for you home. Here are 3 things to take into consideration when selecting your interior color palette.
Next time I'll have a few suggestions for ways to keep your rooms from being boring, even if the wall colors are the same or similar.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.