Remember This When Decorating with Dark Colors

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It does not take a design expert to know that color plays a significant role in your interior. The hue that you select can have a drastic effect on the tone or mood that you are trying to set in a space. It can enhance or ruin the mood. In addition, the wrong color decision can make or break the architectural details of a room, creating an uneven balance.

In this article, we are going to focus on how to use dark colors. Rich colors such as dark brown, navy, charcoal, and black are hues that many people shy away from in their design schemes. To help you feel more comfortable using them, we are going to show you how you can use dark colors appropriately. Let’s take a look!

Picking the Right Room

Can you not decide whether you should splash the dark color in a specific space? When picking the right room, you should consider the size of the room and the mood that you desire to set. Darker colors instantly create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. For room such as the living room, bedroom, or foyer, this is the desired effect; therefore, you should use rich hues in these spaces.

That being said, dark colors have the tendency to make a room appear smaller. Avoid using rich hues in rooms that you want to have an open and airy feel (i.e., the bathroom).

Highlighting Architectural Features

Common architectural features such as crown molding, shutter-style windows, and window trim work well with darker tones. You can create contrast with these features by choosing your favorite dark, rich hue and using it as a paint color on the walls around it.

Accent Wall Color

If you are interested in creating an accent wall in a specific room, you can drench the walls in a dark hue. For instance, painting a wall charcoal gray and leaving the opposite walls off-white will make the room feel a bit bigger.

Highlight Other Design Elements

You can also use darker tones to highlight design elements such as the cabinetry in your kitchen. Painting your kitchen walls with a charcoal gray or navy blue will enhance your white cabinetry and marble counters. You can also use a darker wood variation on your floors to complete the look.

As always, for more design inspiration, be sure to visit our blog hub weekly.

Tips for Choosing the Right Paintbrush

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Have you found yourself standing in the paint store trying to figure out which paintbrush you need to buy? Well, welcome to the world of paintbrushes! The main goal is to choose a paintbrush or roller that will give you the smoothest finish possible. Below, we have put together a few tips that should be helpful for choosing which type of paintbrush you need to get the smoothest paint finish possible. Let’s take a look!

Standard Paintbrushes

A standard paintbrush is used for interior surfaces. 

  • One-Inch Paintbrush – Best used for detail work like window frames and small cans of paint or sample paint. 
  • One and One Half-Inch Paintbrush – This size paintbrush is ideal when painting doors, frames, and baseboards. 
  • Two-Inch Paintbrush – Two-inch paintbrushes are perfect when painting small walls, doors, and radiators. 
  • Three-Inch Paintbrush – Three-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 
  • Four-Inch Paintbrush – Four-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 

Specialist Paintbrushes

  • Four-Inch Masonry Brush – Four-inch masonry brushes are used when painting smooth or rough outdoor masonry surfaces. 

Angled Paintbrushes

  • One-Inch Angled Brush – This paintbrush is designed for indoor use when cutting in window frames and other detail molding work. 
  • One- and One-Half-Inch Angled Brush – One- and one-half-inch angled paintbrushes are used when cutting doors, frames, and trim work. 
  • Two-Inch Angled Brush – Two-inch angled paintbrushes are ideal for cutting in doors, trim work, and painting radiators. 

Paint Roller & Accessories  

  • Nine-Inch Paint Roller – A nine-inch paint roller sleeve with a medium pile that is woven polyester is best used for walls and ceilings. Keep in mind that paint rollers come in various widths according to the job. Buy a small width roller for furniture, cabinets, small walls, and trim work. 
  • Extension Poles – When you are painting an area with a high ceiling or if the staircase is exposed and the height gets higher with increased steps, consider buying an extension pole to complete the jobs. Extension poles are perfect for interior and exterior paint jobs and come in a variety of lengths. 

We wish you the best of luck with your paint job and would love to hear how it turns out!

Using Warm Tones in Your Design

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When designing a space, it is essential to consider the mood you want the room to portray. You can make a room feel more inviting by adding seating, carpet, and even certain sounds or smells. You can, likewise, make a room feel more relaxing by incorporating different design elements as well. However, nothing quite sets the mood of a room, quite like the colors we choose. 

Color Psychology 

All colors have individual psychologies attached with them. If you were to see pink in a baby’s room versus blue, it might insinuate something different. Likewise, the colors we choose in our homes can help depict certain images. Do you want a room to feel creative or sophisticated? Are you looking to make a statement or keep your space feeling neutral? These are all questions you should ask yourself before choosing a color. 

Warm Tones 

Warm tones can make a room feel more inviting. You may want to incorporate these in a room where you plan on inviting guests or hosting company. Warm tones include colors like red, orange, and yellow. These colors can all work together to help create your inviting space. 

Using a neutral tone that complements these tones is also ideal. While beige and tan are neutral tones, they can enhance the power of many warm tone colors. Likewise, grey is a subtle, neutral color, yet may be best used with complementing cool tone colors. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

A general color scheme is divided up into the 60:30:10 rule. These are the ratios in which you choose your colors. You can give one color 60% dominance over the room while the other two colors are given 30% and 10% respectively.  Typically, you would give 60% to a neutral color; however, this is not written in stone. Creating a mood board prior to your design can allow you to envision a finished product of your design and give you more design freedom.

Remember, while colors are influential in your décor, and lighting will also amplify this effect. Be sure to add adequate lighting to help enhance any color scheme you choose. Also, if you missed earlier this week where we discussed cool tones, be sure to check it out here. Thanks for reading!

Using Cool Tones in Your Design

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Many elements contribute to making your interior design perfectly balance. Ideally, you want your room to be functional yet also have a sense of style. To do so, you can choose a style like Rustic or Contemporary to help set guidelines when designing your space. However, you can also influence the mood of your room with color. In fact, there are three different tones that you can create with colors: cool, warm, and neutral. Today, we are going to discuss cool tones and how they affect your environment. Let’s take a look!

Color Psychology 

Certain colors can help depict specific psychological feelings or moods. Learning to use color psychology can help you design your space. For example, warm tones can make a room feel more inviting, whereas cool tones can allow a space to feel more relaxing. Deciding what you are trying to accomplish is vital before you choose your color palette.  

Cool Tones 

There are three types of moods you can set in a room: warm, cool, or neutral. Even though every color can have its own influences, having colors that work together can create a mood. Cool tones can make a space feel more passive and soothing. If you are looking to achieve this look, try using cool tone colors such as blue, green, purple, and violet. These tones can all work together to help create your atmosphere. A general rule of them is to add contrast.  If your room is primarily cool tones, feel free to contrast small areas with the opposing colors. This can also allow benefits from other color tones to affect the space. 

Using Colors to Set the Mood 

Setting the mood is more than just adding color. Decide how you plan on using each color in your space. Some colors work great with each other, so try exploring different color swatches, floorings, and textiles together. Just keep in mind the mood you are trying to accomplish. Designing your space should give you freedom, but should also feel planned and unified. 

Cool tones can have a significant impact on your environment and can help your space feel relaxing.  Do you like to use cool tones or warm tones more in your space? Let us know below in the comment section. 

2019 Summer Color Trends

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Color can be very influential in a space. The colors we put in our homes, the colors we wear, even the colors of our cars, all have subtle ways of expressing ourselves. While color meaning does not significantly change, the trends do. This summer, we looked at some of the most trending colors to help you stay ahead of the game. Remember, trends change. These could currently be very trendy in marketing or painting right now but could become less frequently used in the future. But for now, here are 2019’s Summer Color Trends:

Behr Antigua M460-7 (Deep Blue/Green)

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Antigua is a fresh look blue-green hybrid. It adds life to any space while keeping cool undertones. This sophisticated summer color is Behr’s color of the month currently. Homeowners and business may incorporate this color to give a lively, summer Caribbean feel to an atmosphere.

Sherwin Williams June Day SW 6682 (Yellow)

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This creative yellow can liven up any space. It is Sherwin Williams color of the month for June and for an obvious reason. June Day is a lively yellow that can make any environment feel inspirations and warm. Its radiant flow brings positive energy to each space and is just simply fun to have in any space.

Pantone Color Fiesta 17-1564 TCX (Red/Orange)

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Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year (Living Coral), Fiesta has a deeper feel. While not a buoyant, this color is still packed with energy. Pantone describes this fun color as adorable, loving, and forceful. Make a statement by incorporating this color in your design or wardrobe this summer.

Summer Birthstones

Every month is affiliated with flowers and stones. These can become influential marketing and design and often become quite trendy. The unique thing about summer’s stones and flowers is that they can come in a variety of colors. It shows how truly diverse the spin on color is during the summer. From reds, pinks, purples, and blues, these colors can all truly shine this month.

While pastel colors have been trending, bright, vibrant colors have flooded the industry in the last couple of weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on what is next to come. For more insight on today’s latest and greatest trends, make sure to subscribe.

2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

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Annually, Pantone, the global authority in colors, selects a new “Color of the Year.” Their select team of color experts travels the world to see what colors are up and coming and influential in marketing and design. The chosen color makes a high impact on many industries over the year. In fact, Pantone’s color choice influences many significant companies, and it is incorporated in modern merchandising, marketing, interior design, fashion, and much more. Knowing the “Color of the Year” can allow you to stay ahead in your home’s design as well as incorporate in commercial work. Let’s take a look at 2019’s Color of the Year:

Living Coral

2019’s Color of the Year is Living Coral. Living Coral is an energetic, “buoyant” color that can liven up any area while still complimenting passive, cool tones. It is referred to as a tangy-peach hue with golden undertones that evoke a powerful statement to any application.

Complementary Colors

Living Coral is a stimulating color that can pair well with other accompanying accent colors. As a warm tone, Living Coral pairs well with all of the other warm tones. You can try accompanying Living Coral with a Raspberry Red for a robust and spicy design. You can also move toward the cool tone family and choose a teal, navy, or turquoise to balance the space. While usually warm and cool tones can be paired with Living Coral to neutralize a space, these pairings are full of adventure, fun, and inspire an optimistic atmosphere.

Application

Pantone declared, “Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant, yet mellow, Pantone 16-1546, Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” Applying this to your own space can help you stay up-to-date with modern colors as well as trends. It can be a great application to include in your business’ marketing or commercial space if you own your own business. If not, try incorporating Living Coral in your own home to bring new levels of energy into your own space.

The Color of the Year can be a great design addition. Pantone meticulously identifies a color that’s influence has the most significant impact on design that year. Have you seen this color used this year? How will you apply this trending color in your own space? We would love to hear from you! Comment below what you think about Living Coral.

What Colors Should I Use in My Living Room?

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While designing and decorating, you may be wondering “what shade should I paint my living room walls?” When it comes to choosing a hue to paint your living room, it is all about the mood or atmosphere that you are hoping to set for the space. If you want to create a big, bright atmosphere, you will most likely go towards more bright, light colors. On the other hand, if you are interested in a tranquil setting, you may opt for subtle, cool tone colors. With so many different colors to choose from, you are probably having difficulty settling on a hue. To help you find the right shade, we gathered our favorite color schemes and why you should consider choosing them. Let’s take a look!

Neutralize

If you enjoy a more traditional and classic look for a living room, you might want to use a neutral color palette. In a neutral palette, you will embrace colors like black, white, taupe and even grey to create a chic, simple design. You can also warm up the space and add character to a neutral palette by adding wood accents. Using different wood tones in a neutral palette will make the space feel inviting.

Go Moody

Moody and deep hues like navy blue are perfect for creating a stylish oasis. Applying a blue to the walls make the space feel more intimate. This color also makes for a dramatic backdrop with your furniture and wall decorations such as artwork, prints or mirrors. In a living room that uses lots of this deep and dark color, you will want to complete the look with lighter furniture. You may even consider painting the ceiling the same color to create an even more snug atmosphere. It is all about your preference and what mood you are trying to set.

Keep Calm

You can create a super tranquil living room by incorporating colors like greens and light blues and using one of these colors on the walls to create the ultimate soothing feel. You can highlight the look with the upholstery and pillows in muted, neutral tones. Or, when using cool colors in a room, you can complement with darker accessories.

Always a Classic

Of course, you do not have to use a set color in the living room. Painting the walls white allows you to decorate with different patterns and textiles. With white walls, you can also contrast with intense colors like black to create the ultimate effect. The options are truly endless for a white color scheme.

When choosing paint for your home, what colors do you tend to lean more toward each time? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Five Ways to Use Coral in Your Design

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With Pantone’s recent announcement of 2019’s Color of The Year, what better time than now to focus on how to incorporate coral into your home’s design. Coral is a warm and summery shade that instantly brightens a room, and though often viewed as a seasonal shade, when used correctly, it can complement your home’s design scheme. If you ready to do something unique with your decor, we are going to show you five simple ways you can use this hue in your interior. Let’s take a look!

Window Treatments 

What better way to add a warm touch to a bedroom than with coral colored drapes? You can even select coral window treatments with a decorative pattern for a chic look.

Walls 

You may have never imagined using such a bold color on your walls, but when you balance it out with complementary colors and the right shade of white, you can pull off coral walls without it feeling overwhelmed by the shade. But if you are not ready to paint the entire room Coral, you can try creating a coral-inspired accent wall. Incorporate a few accessories or pieces of furniture in the color to harmonize the look further.

Child’s Bedroom 

Of course, a little girl’s Bedroom is not complete without touches of pink. Try something different by incorporating Coral as the main color. You can even feature a large Coral colored dresser or headboard for a real “pop.” You can also include accents of coral in the bedding, lampshades and other accessories to complete the look.

The Bathroom  

If you are giving your bathroom a makeover, consider adding coral to the design scheme in a bold way. Drenching the exterior of your bathtub in dark pink will definitely make a bold statement and add some old world charm. Use other soft colors like orchid and a muted yellow to complement your coral colored bathtub.

Unexpected Accent 

In a room full of neutrals or a space that uses a specific color scheme, adding a pop of coral in as an accent will make this beautiful color stand out from the rest of the decor. For example, you could use coral draperies that feature bold geometric patterns to accent your room’s focal point: the window.

If you have yet to read about Pantone’s 2019 Color of The Year: Living Coral, we encourage you to do so. Living Coral has many design benefits, and it is said to be the most popular color in the industry this year.

What are your thoughts on Coral? Do you love it or hate it? We want to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.