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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. 

Color Pallet: Lava Living Room – Steel Grey, Cranberry, True Red, Blood Orange

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

This goes without saying but let’s do it anyway. This space is not for the faint of heart! It’s daring, stark and edgy. But the beauty of it is that none of those attributes detracts from the fact that it is also very sophisticated. Furthermore, it has exceptionally artistic vibe, much like an art gallery. Not sure what the heck one would do with this sort of idea? It’s an ideal concept for a brooding artist, a serious corporate business executive, a big-city dweller, or someone who loves a clean feeling! You get the idea…

For purposes of this post we’ll focus on using it to achieve a modern décor with a sophisticated twist in a city loft. To do so we are going to break the elements of the room down in sections because it’s often easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Steel Grey, Cranberry, Blood Orange, True Red

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • One dominant shade that is highly saturated – red in its various forms.
  • Gray that feels slightly unharmonious with the red. It gives the red a visual immediacy.
  • White serves as the much needed visual relief – a place for the eye to rest among the strong relationship between the red and gray.

What makes the design sophisticated?

  • Everything!
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Limited use of pattern
  • Glass and metal
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity
  • Massive piece of bold artwork as the focal point

What makes the room glamorous?

  • The incorporation of white

What makes the room versatile?

  • It works well for both a masculine or feminine aesthetic

Where Do I Find Inspiration for My Home Color Palette?

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Every home has a color palette or a color story. This is the mix of colors that flows through the home, leading you from room to room. Ideally, a good palette should be cohesive and blend well so that each room, while different, feels like it is part of the same homet. If you’re starting from scratch and wondering how to come up with a color palette for your home, you have several different ways to go about finding one.

Historical Palettes

Depending on what type of home you have, it may have a built in color palette that you just aren’t aware of yet. Victorian, Craftsman, or Colonial, every home style comes with a set of colors that the original architects and designers envisioned would work in these spaces. For example Victorian homes have what is known as a “somber” palette; all the colors were mixed with a little black to tone them down. Craftsman homes, on the other hand, took their inspiration from nature, using colors found just outside the home such as pine green or sky blue.

If you research your home’s style, you may find some palettes that can provide you with inspiration for what will work on your walls.

Interior Design Palette

If you have a specific interior design style that you are working toward, you may find that you have a built in palette for that as well. For example, if you enjoy Country style you’ll find plenty of reds, white, blue, and yellow to work with, while Tuscan style pulls colors from the hills of Tuscany – lots of terracotta, pumpkin, sage green, and sky blue. Choosing a style to decorate your home with provides you with a rich choice of color inspiration, and helps pull everything together so it flows.

Use a Piece of Art or Home Décor

If you’re truly stuck for inspiration, try taking a look at some artwork, fabric or a colorful rug you already have in your home. Look at the colors incorporated in the piece, and use them as a jumping off point for the décor around you. As long as the colors flow together well, the design will follow.

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

From Shells to Sofa: Use Photo as Design Inspiration

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Are you drawn to certain photos because of their colors? If so, you may be able to develop a design color palette for your home by looking through various photos.

This beach scene provides a close up of small water-washed rocks and shells. Among them are a rich selection of browns and neutral tones. If these colors appeal to you, how about using this photo as the basis for decorating a room in your home?

Take a look at the living room below. The caramels of the two shells in the front and back of the photo reflect the browns of the wood flooring and leather sofa. These shells stand out in part because of the soft neutral tones of the stones below. In the same way, the area rug brings cool and warm tones in a small pattern that allows those caramel browns to stand out in the room.

There are darker shades among the stones and that touch of black adds personality. In the same way, the black touches in the room pull together to keep the colors from becoming one-dimensional.

The stone that surrounds the fireplace along with the throw and pillows across the back of the sofa bring in some of the reds that appear in the shell toward the left of the beach photo. This works well with the caramel shades that make up a strong part of this room’s color palette.

When you’re thinking about what colors you want to bring into your home, take the time to review photos of just about anything. You may be surprised at what you can come up with – a unique look for your home.