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Picking the Perfect Paint Color

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One of the easiest ways to transform the feel and mood of a room is to change the color of the walls. But a different color can be a major commitment, so you want to be sure of the shade you choose before you waste time and money on something that doesn’t suit your style.

Here are a few tips to help you pick the perfect paint color:

 

Lovely-Up with Lighting—

Does the room you’re painting have natural lighting, or do you depend on artificial sources to brighten the room? And if so, do you use gentle lamps, or do you prefer a radiant overhead light?

  • If the room is naturally dark, you may want to choose a paler wall color to help reflect light. And if the room is naturally too bright, dark wall colors can make it easier on the eyes.
  • Also: If you prefer a darker color, you can use man-made lighting to brighten the room, and paint any color you prefer. Everything is possible. Just be aware that paint can have a drastic effect on the lighting factor in a room, and adjust either your tone or light fixtures accordingly.

 

Magnify with Mood—

Before you choose a color palette for your room, consider what kind of a mood you want to create, because every color comes with a feeling. Psychologists have long studied colors, proving time and time again that color can absolutely shape the way we feel.

  • Shades of cream, yellow and pale melon can create a cheerful atmosphere, for example, while an intense shade like red or dark purple can come across as intense or dramatic.
  • Blues and greens are known for giving a soothing sense of ethereal tranquility, while shades of brown can create an earthy, grounding, natural vibe in a home. Use your favorite colors to convey exactly what you wish.

 

Tantalize with Textures—

If you want to add interest to a room, don’t forget that paint is more than one-dimensional and comes in many different finishes.

  • If you want to increase the brightness of a room, use a satin or gloss finish to increase reflectivity.
  • If it’s too bright, try a flat paint to mellow it out.
  • If the room feels boring, add a metallic or mineral finish or a color glaze to increase interest.

 

Start Small with Samples—

Scared of commitment? Never fear. There are baby steps you can take to build up to the big day.

  • Paint sellers offer small samples of their colors so painters can affordably test a shade to see how it will look in real life.
  • Another good way to start small if you are a tentative, beginning painter is to start with a smaller room, like a half bath or laundry room. This will be less overwhelming, allow you to practice your painting, and bolster your confidence to move up to bigger and better rooms.

 

Attract with Opposites—

Pay attention to the color wheel when painting, or anytime you’re decorating.

  • Sometimes you can use colors from the same family for a marvelously monochromatic scheme, like a room with varying shades of purple, from dark plum to pale lilac, for example.
  • If you want to spice things up, add a pop of color from the other side of the color wheel. Got a placid sky blue room that needs a spark? Add a bright orange decorating highlight, like a fiery orange vase.

 

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Test a color you wouldn’t have thought would work: that unusual hue might surprise you by being exactly the shade you wanted. If you keep the above tips in mind, you can choose your new wall colors with confidence, and be on your way to making the interior decorating statement that best represents you.

The Psychology of Color: Picking a Perfect Paint for Your Personality

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The effects of color on our moods has been studied, with experts finding that the shades with which we surround ourselves can drastically change our mental and physiological states for the positive or negative.

There are many variances, of course, because everyone has different associations and memories psychologically tied to certain hues, but there are colors that tend to affect the general population in similar ways.

Below are some useful color choosing tips and the effects research has shown they may have on our mindset.  

 

1. Red is vibrant. Popular in restaurant and food product branding for its eye-catching and appetite-stimulating appeal, red has been shown to speed up the heart rate, raise blood pressure and increase levels of energy.

If you like red, you are likely a strong-willed and high-spirited person with a passionate appreciation for bold décor and strong design statements.

Often used in interior design to bring the homeowner good luck, red is considered a very rich, saturated color generally used for accessories. But if you have a larger room and feel like red represents your personality, don’t be afraid to go big and paint a feature wall this lively color.

 

2. Blue is soothing. Well-known for the calming effect it has on almost everyone, all one has to do is look up at the sky on a sunny day to understand that blue makes us feel good.

Blue has also been shown to lower body temperature and slow heart rate, making it a great choice for a bedroom or relaxing retreat.

Many people like blue, and a room painted in this color can reflect a person who is peaceful, serene and even-tempered. If you have high blood pressure, blue walls might actually improve your health with their relaxing vibe and pulse-slowing influence.

 

3. Yellow is cheerful. If you want to make a room feel happy, welcoming and bright, yellow walls might be just the uplifting addition you’ve been seeking. Yellow can create a welcoming feeling and bring light into a room, making it an excellent choice of paint color for the walls in a small or dark home.

Studies on the psychological effects of colors have shown that yellow can actually raise self-esteem and create a feeling of well-being in those who surround themselves with this joyful hue.

People who gravitate toward this color are often optimistic and known for being observant and good at communicating, according to color psychologist, Heinrich Frieling.

 

4. Green is goodness. The most common color associated with nature and a favorite of compassionate people, green seems to communicate to humans on a subconscious level that we are safe. We feel a primal sense of calm confidence when surrounded by this lush color of abundance and harvest.

Used by interior designers to promote healing, health, wealth and new beginnings, green is a favorite color of those who are perceptive, intuitive and comfortable with themselves.

Green has also been shown to increase productivity, so consider using this hue in workspaces and offices.

 

5. Purple is creative. Proven to stimulate brain activity and loved by artists, musicians and people with inventive minds, purple represents spirituality, self-awareness and emotional growth.

Purple is considered an excellent color for meditation rooms and studio walls because it can stimulate the imagination of those who surround themselves with it, inspiring people to dream and be innovative.

 

6. Brown is warm. A stabilizing, earthy and comforting tone, perhaps because we associate it with the natural world, brown is a great color to bring neutrality, depth and calm into your home.

Used in interior design to create a rustic feel with accessories in shades from beige to deep chocolate, the right shade of brown on a wall can make lighter-colored furniture and décor pop in contrast.

Those who like brown tend to favor stability, routine and security in their environment.

 

Color can enhance feelings of relaxation, well-being, increase appetite, soothe, energize, stimulate, forge creativity and more, making it necessary to choose design colors that create the atmosphere you desire in every room. Use the psychology of color tips above to cover your walls in shades that perfectly represent your personality and goals.

Good-Looking Cooking: 7 Eye-Catching Kitchen Design Trends

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Kitchen design trends come and go, and every decade has a defining characteristic that sets it apart from the others, be it a color palette, type of materials used, or even a structural element that makes it clear to the viewer when the last redecorating was done. But there are many kitchen designs that seem to last throughout the different eras with a classic style that endures.

 

Listed below are 7 of the most current kitchen design trends seen lately in the world of home décor. 

 

1. Goodbye, Granite—

For the longest time, granite countertops have been the only player in the kitchen game. While many still adore this lovely hard surface, the days of granite-only are over.

Marble countertops are becoming more popular every year, adding a striking swirled surface to any kitchen that looks amazing with brass kitchen sinks, or polished nickel hardware.

Quartz is another rising star in the countertop category, with a surface visually similar to granite that offers greater durability and stain resistance with easier cleaning.

 

2. Going Green—

Using sustainable materials in the kitchen, such as bamboo flooring, counters, and butcher blocks is becoming more prevalent, as are touch-less faucets that save homeowners money on water bills.

Wood is commonly the focus of this design, with recycled glass and formaldehyde-free products being used more often than ever before.

Exposed wooden beams, repurposed barn wood tables and cabinetry, and energy-saving appliances are also very eco-friendly elements of the green movement, making this rustic design trend a smart development in kitchen style.

 

3. Multiple Metals—

For the longest time, chrome and brushed nickel have been the metals of choice throughout modern kitchen design, perhaps because of the stainless steel appliance frenzy. But this year, we’re seeing assorted types of metal hardware, sinks and lighting coming into the picture.

Copper, brass, iron, aged gold and even black hardware and light fixtures are showing up in kitchens, with striking results. Because they’ve been used for so long, these antique metals have a natural elegance and timelessness associated with them that they add to any room.

 

4. Universal Design—

Universal design been included in kitchen renovations more often over the last decade, possibly because of the poor economy. As homeowners feel less financial stability, they become determined to make their home user-friendly in case they won’t be able to retire elsewhere.

Built-in and easily accessible appliances are a big part of this trend, and lowered storage areas to accommodate those with limited mobility are also included for elderly convenience.

This thoughtful design is also a wonderful way to help older parents who’ve moved in with their children have more mobility and independence in the kitchen.

 

5. Nice and Neutral—

While the ‘70s were all about avocado and gold, and the ‘80s were primary and bright, the last few decades have vacillated between changing color schemes every year or so, giving homeowners more freedom to decorate according to preference.

But recently, monochromatically mellow rooms have become popular, allowing for pops of color in smaller details while the walls, backsplashes and countertops remain neutral.

White cabinets with white subway tile backsplashes, or rooms in shades of pale gray are becoming the new cream and beige, with this palette being echoed in the trendy white and gray marble countertops.

 

6. Clear Glass Cabinet Doors/Open Shelving—

Open shelving is a great way to make a smaller kitchen look more spacious. By opening up the cabinets with glass, the view goes all the way back to the wall rather than stopping at the cabinet fronts.

The drawback to this style, of course, is that now everyone can see your dishware, necessitating organization and color-coordination if you don’t want a messy vibe.

Clear glass cabinets can actually add a very charming element of style to a kitchen when done well; especially when all dishware on the other side of the glass is the same color.

Another very modern version of this involves removing cabinet doors completely, or installing only shelves with no upper cabinets, again, facilitating the need for constant organizational vigilance.

 

7. Layers of Lighting—

Long gone are the days of one large, intense light source for the entire kitchen; with lighting instead specifically placed wherever illumination is needed. In addition to saving energy, this creates a much more pleasant atmosphere.

Chandeliers or metal fixtures now hang over eating and food prep areas, and wall sconces gently direct light upward to brighten the room without being harsh on the eyes.

 

The kitchen is the room where your family gathers for meals, and the hub of any social gathering, making it important to give it style and function. If you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen décor, consider implementing one of the latest kitchen design trends described above to make it feel brand new. Most of the ideas can be done in affordable increments, so get started and make your kitchen the most eye-catching room in the house.