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The Secrets of Designing with Color

Among interior design circles, the power of color is no secret. It has been shown to have profound effects on mood and reflects personality and style, as well.  Interior designers utilize this powerful connection to design beautiful rooms every day.  However, you don’t have to be a professional to unlock the mysteries of color to decorate your home.  Here are some industry secrets about using color with style:

Get Inspired!
Home décor magazines are a great place to get inspired by color combinations. There are a variety of online color tools that will also help you as you choose the perfect colors. BlindCrafter.com has a Virtual Decorator, which allows you to mix and match colors to find a style and color combination that is right for you. Or check out BlindCrafter.com’s MyStyle, an online guide to design styles, complete with color recommendations.

Trends
While it is important that your home reflects your unique personality, it’s always important to consider current color trends. Browns, oranges, and other warm colors are resurfacing right now, after a long period of absence in home decorating. Greys, blacks, and other darker, more mineral-like tones are also popular, as well as jewel tones with deep hues of teal, navy, green.

Consider the Room’s Natural Qualities
Work with each room’s natural space and function. Is the room small but you want it to feel larger? Or is it a family room that you want to have a cozy feel? Colors can help you achieve both of these: light colors can make a room appear larger, while darker colors can exude warmth and intimacy.

Specific colors can foster specific feelings, as well. Oranges and reds are warm, inviting colors that can enhance social interaction and even improve appetite (think about the success of McDonald’s red and yellow decor)! These are great color ideas for your kitchen or dining room, where you want to bring people together. Of course, the right color combinations can be used to avoid giving your home “fast food” feel.

Cooler colors, like blues and greens, are ideal for rooms with less activity and more relaxation, like bedrooms and bathrooms.

Using a Not-so-Blank Canvas
You may be ready for big changes, but some colors are already established, like the colors in your furniture. Unless you want to buy all new furniture, you can make this work for you by pulling your new colors from the patterns and colors that already exist, whether from your upholstery, or other “anchor” items in your home.

Go Bold (even if just a little)           
So you’re not ready for red walls. It’s okay to go neutral. When you do, try throwing in a few vivid shades to keep things interesting and liven up your room. Add teal throws, pillows, and decorative accents to a room of neutral tans and off-whites, and you’ll find the new bursts of color will bring the room to life!

Colors: More than Paint
Paint is the quickest, and often least expensive way to change the look and feel of your home. But it’s not the only way to change your colors. Accessories, throw pillows, candle holders, picture frames, lampshades, any other decoration can be a key part of your color scheme. Of course, accenting window treatments can also offer the perfect home makeover accessory, by adding new color and style to the room.

You are what you wear

A new trend in color selection? Looking to your wardrobe. People are naturally attracted to colors they like and think are flattering. Look in your own closet; you may be surprised to see definite personal trends and preferences. Why not decorate with that same color scheme in mind?

Factor in the Light and Test your Ideas
So you’ve picked out the perfect deep wine color for your walls, only to find out it looks more like a bright purple when the natural sunlight shines into the room. To avoid this situation: be sure to look at your color choices in different lighting, over the course of a day and night. This is important because the artificial light from your indoor lighting that is used in the evening and at night can make some colors appear completely different.  

 

This article was provided by Comfortex Window Fashions for American Blinds Wallpaper and More.

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