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How Color Influences a Room’s Emotion

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors, Design and Decorating

It is no secret that color can be a powerful tool used in interior and exterior design. Color is used all the time throughout every aspect of styling, fashion, clothing, and marketing. In fact, you probably have your favorite color shirt you love to wear or a color car you may prefer. These color preferences can come down to color psychology and how a color can make you feel.

Room Temperature

Color has a psychological effect on how we gauge temperature. Typically, we associate colors like blue with cooler atmospheres, whereas a color like red may indicate a warmer environment. Many designers believe that you should use your home’s natural climate environment to choose colors inside your home.

For instance, if you live in the desert oasis where it is continuously warm and surrounded by warm sandy tones, you may want to incorporate cooler tones in your home. Likewise, if you live in a winter wonderland, warmer colors in your home can make your home feel like a getaway retreat.

Warm- and Cool-Tone Emotion

Warm tones are associated with colors like red, orange, and yellow. Cool tones are associated with colors like blue, green, and violet. Warm tones are used to make a room feel more stimulating and inviting. Cool tones make the atmosphere feel more refreshing and relaxed. Consider what type of influence you want in each room. This factor can help guide you in color choices.

Dulling or Enriching Color Influences

You also can have power on how much a specific color influences a room. For instance, let us explore blue:

Accent: If you use blue as a subtle accent tone in a room, you can create a calm and passive feeling atmosphere.

Monochromatic: Yet, make that room monochromatic and all blue, then the blue may feel overpowering. Overpowering blue can create a lack of emotion, coldness, and detachment from an atmosphere.

Saturation: That being said, you can also influence color through the saturation. For instance, a pastel blue has less influence than a vibrant, bright blue.

These are all little tricks to investigate when creating your space.

Creating Balance

Ultimately, balance is a vital tool in using color. For instance, using neutral tones can help create balance. If you chose to use colors, create balance to prevent over dominance. You can mix warm and cool tones to help create contrast. Just note whatever color is predominantly used in the room will have the most influence. Different colors can create different psychological influences as well. For instance, think of using red in a room that you want to provoke a warm and cozy atmosphere. Now use green and you may make the space feel revitalized and earthy. Yet, make a room green and red and your mind will quickly associate these colors with festive and seasonal décor.

It is essential to make sure your colors agree with one another. In fact, many designers will create digital or tangible mood boards to see how different colors work with one another. You can utilize this idea to see how colors react in your setting and go from there.

What Do Color Choices Say About Your Home? | Part Two

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors

Your color choices in your home can say a lot about you and the overall environment. Therefore, knowing when and where to use colors can help you master how each room feels. Combining colors can help influence different feelings as well. As we explored in five colors in part one, we saw how different colors can have significantly different impacts on an environment. Today, we will look at several more common colors used in design themes. Let’s get started!

Purple

Purple is known as a mysterious yet spiritual color. It is a compassionate color; however, it can make for a more calming atmosphere. Using purple is a perfect way to create a luxurious or imaginative environment while being very versatile.

White

This crisp color can make any room feel clean and spacious. White is a heavenly color that is pure and feels very refreshing. It pairs best with cool tones more than warm tones, which is vital to know when designing your space.

Green

If you are trying to add more life to a room, green is the color of choice. It can help revitalize and energize a space. Also, it subconsciously reminds us of plant life, which can help invigorate any atmosphere.

Gray

Gray can steal benefits from both white and black. While sophisticated and classy, it can also keep a room feeling more open and spacious. It is still neutral and leans toward black for more benefits, or you can go light to explore more white inspiration.

Yellow

Yellow is a creative color to use in a room. It is very eye-catching as it is used to capture attention. It will radiate throughout the room, making it feel more optimistic and charming. In essence, you can add more energy to a room by using yellow.

What colors do you use in your own design? There are so many ways we can add color to our homes to help give them life. Knowing these characteristics can help you tailor a room to your specific needs. For more insight on color psychology and interior design, make sure to subscribe!

What Do Color Choices Say About Your Home? | Part One

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors

Today’s interior design is everchanging. Many homeowners are being more expressive in their design by adding more personal touches to their homes. In fact, designers believe that our homes are an outlet in which we can express ourselves. The music we enjoy, the way we dress, and even our interior design styles can say a lot about us. However, did you know color has psychological references as well? The colors we are adding to our homes all have meaning. Today, we are going to take a look at some of the most popular colors in homes to analyze what they say about you.

Pink

This color is a compassionate tone. It can be associated with femininity but is slowly becoming more gender-neutral. It evokes kindness and empathy into the atmosphere, and it is known as an innocent color that does not feel aggressive in a room.

Brown

From walnut, coffee, mocha, and even woods, this earthy tone can be expressed through many shades. It feels organic, which makes a room feel more secure and grounded. Being a neutral-based color, brown feels approachable and wholesome in any room.

Red

Red is an extremely bold color! It can make a room feel warmer and add more energy to the space, making for a more exciting environment. However, if it is used too much in a room, it can feel aggressive. Using this color can be great for stimulating a passionate atmosphere or used in another area to make a daring and dynamic statement.

Black

Pure black can feel quite sophisticated. It makes for creating a strong and authoritative atmosphere. It can absorb light, making a room feel darker, which makes for a more mysterious-feeling environment as well.

Blue

Feel confident by adding blue to a room and make a cool-toned space. It is very soothing and evokes calmness and serenity. This peaceful color is perfect for reducing stress and makes for a great area to reflect and relax.

While color psychology is subjective, these expressions are general ideas. Did you know these colors’ psychologies before you read this article? If not, what do the colors in your home say about you? Remember that combing colors or using more versus less of specific colors can influence different thoughts or feelings about your environment. If you are looking to add more color to your home, consider some of these color psychologies. They can help you personalize your space and tailor it exactly how you want it to feel. Make sure to check out the second part of this series to explore even more colors!

Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

Color is one of the most effective tools in making a design statement. We associate colors with different feelings, and different combinations can conjure different atmospheres.

Using the Color Wheel

Choosing the right color scheme can help us in making decisions regarding the furniture and décor. With a color wheel, determining the colors that match with each other can be made simple. A complementary color scheme makes use of colors opposite each other on the color wheel. When introducing contrast to a room, a complementary color is usually a good choice. Red, for example, goes with green, and blue goes with yellow. The stark contrast can make a room much brighter and livelier. High contrast schemes can enhance the formality.

On the other hand, an analogous color scheme makes use of colors next to each other on the color wheel. Red, for example, is next to orange, and blue is next to violet. These combinations can make a room seem more relaxing and so they ought to be used in bedrooms and other areas where people try to relax.

Drawing Inspiration from Nature

Aside from the color wheel, nature itself can be used as an inspiration. Different shades of orange and brown are reminiscent of autumn, while shades of yellow and blue are evocative of spring. Various hues of blue combined with white are also suggestive of the sky and the sea, while shades of green combined with brown mimic the colors of the trees.

Adding a Bit of Accent

Once you have chosen an assortment of colors to use, try adding a few black elements to enhance them. It can make the other colors pop.  Conversely, to increase the soothing quality of a space, white and beige can also be added.With these few colors in mind, apply the 60-30-10 rule. This suggests having 60% of the main color, 30% of the secondary color and 10% of the accent color.

Testing Out the Colors

At the supply store, see if you can request samples and swatches of the colors you have chosen. Placing these samples in the areas where they would be used can help you make sure that they would look good with the lighting available in the room.

Colors have a great impact on the look of a room and even on the performance of activities within that space. A good scheme can combine a variety of colors and evoke feelings appropriate to the style and function of a room. Drawing inspiration from different tools and the surroundings, choosing the right one can become very easy.

 

 

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Use Color Wisely in your Home – Part 2

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice

 

In Part 1, we talked about the color wheel and color selection. Here are some more suggestions to make color work well in your home.

Neutral does not equal beige: Yes, beige is a neutral, but there are many other colors that can play as a neutral in your home. Take a look at a soft shade of lavender or a mushroom-toned off-white. Neutrals balance warm and cool tones and fall into the color background of a room. For example, the blue used in this living room works as a neutral in the space. 

Don’t overload your color palette: While a mixture of colors can be beautiful, too many or the wrong shades together can be disastrous. You might want to start by finding a fabric that offers a good selection of two or three colors and use it as the basis for the color design of your space. 

Avoid over-trendy choices for substantive pieces: You may love the newest bright light purple, but use it as an accent wall color or in throw pillows. Wall colors and accessories can be easily switched out, but when purchasing furniture, choose shades that will stand the test of time.

Understand that lighting changes the look of colors: Something that seems too bright under fluorescent lights will shift in strength and hue under natural or incandescent lighting. Be sure to select and match colors under natural lighting first and see how each color will look in the room during different times of the day.

Finally, for a good idea of colors that you can live with, take a look in your closet. Chances are if you love a shade enough to buy it to wear, you will enjoy it in your home also. With just a little thought, you can take the leap into color and help make your home reflect your style and personality.

 

 

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Blue can also be a neutral color in your room

Use Color Wisely in your Home – Part 1

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Tips

 

Adding color to your home allows you to personalize your space. It does take careful thought, however, to include color wisely. Here are a few suggestions before you dive into color options for your décor. 

Get to know the color wheel: Choosing a color palette can be difficult, but you can set yourself up for success by knowing the basics of the color wheel and how colors work together. A number of Internet sites provide instruction on color wheel basics and it’s worth a review. 

For example, colors that sit directly across from each other on the wheel, such as orange and blue, green and red or yellow and purple, are called complementary colors. Using a complementary color scheme creates an arresting look that can be overwhelming. On the other hand, sticking with similar color choices – next to each other on the color wheel – can quickly become boring.

Use the principle of 60-30-10: Select a dominant color and use it for 60 percent of the color in a room. Use 30 percent – or half as much color – for your secondary color choice. Finally, add accents of a third color for the final 10 percent. For example, you could select red for a dominant color in a dining room, painting the walls and including some red in the rug on the floor. Brown as the secondary color might include the wood floors and a buffet and dining table. For a daring accent choice, use a yellow-orange for the dining chair cushions and table centerpiece. 

It may be tempting to stick with neutrals when decorating, but the careful selection of colors that work for you can help make your home as inviting and welcoming as you are.

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Small Changes Make a Big Difference

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

This living room has some very appealing features, but a few bad decisions damage its overall design potential.

The sofa, pillows and art work extremely well together. Color, proportion and layout create an inviting look. The simple plant on the left also adds just the right touch.

The rug and coffee table almost seem to be part of another room. By having the rug and coffee table perpendicular to the sofa, the room feels awkward. The relatively simple appearance of the sofa and art are overpowered by the strong design on the rug and over-accessorized coffee table.

From a functional aspect, the coffee table would be uncomfortable to use for drinks because it is too far from the sofa and has a long slot facing in that direction.

Just a few changes would help this room look and work better. Against the concrete floor, a warm rug with more color would add personality. There are elements of blue and yellow in the artwork, and either or both of those colors would work well. The coffee table would be fine if it was turned so the long side paralleled the sofa and the pile of kaleidoscopes were contained or organized.

The lamp pulls the room together and its silver finish keeps it from being intrusive. It adds an element of retro style to the room, an always interesting touch. This room feels adventurous and interesting, so by making these simple adjustments, it would also feel well-designed.

Creating Custom Carpets

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet, Design and Decorating

It happens to many of us often, we comb every retail website and every store and still don’t find what you we’re looking for, especially while looking for carpets. Not every carpet can coordinate perfectly with your home décor that you painstakingly developed over the years. Suppose you need to find a carpet that will highlight your beautiful sofa perfectly, and none of the carpets you came across seem to be able to do the trick. What should you do when you just don’t seem find THE carpet you are looking for, anywhere? The answer is: design a carpet of your own! That is to say, create a custom carpet for your home.

Even the thought of a carpet, designed specifically for your home, seems exciting. Now you don’t have to worry about adjusting your furniture according to your carpet patterns. You can just hire our carpeting experts to help you design the floor of your dreams. You can sit with them and discuss in detail about every aspect of your new carpet, including the material, the design, color and its layout. They will also offer their expert suggestions about what will look best in your room, and you can choose from our extensive line of carpeting.

Creating a custom carpet gives your home a unique look, and imparts in your home a graceful appearance. A custom carpet is key in creating a home décor, where every element of the room blends and complements each other beautifully.

Retro Rug Color Trends

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When speaking of the word “retro” in decors it is used to describe design styles of the 50’s, the 60’s, and the 70’s eras. This includes mid-century modern design, anything before that is considered vintage. The retro decorating style is usually considered as fun and lively. It utilizes bold colors with wild designs and lots of texture. There is nothing casual about the retro style of decorating. It is bold, loud, busy and of course, funky.

The retro floor décors available now do not dissapoint. When going for a retro rug, color is one of the main factors that need to be considered. Actually, avocado green is the most popular retro color. Mustard yellow and mixes of red, orange, kiwi, black and white are also favorite choices. Designs include shag rugs in solid bold color and other textured rugs in designs incorporating circles, squares, waves and big florals.

Oriental Weavers is one of the main manufacturers of retro style rugs we carry at Century Tile. Their Andy Warhol collection incorporates many of the style icon’s design and color choices used in his paintings and prints including red, avocado green, navy and mustard yellow in abstract geometric shapes.

Any of our retro rugs would look terrific on a black and white ceramic tile floor or wood plank floor in a dark finish. No matter which retro rug and floor combination you choose. Retro rugs make a statement – they reveal your bold personality in the most stylish way.