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How Color Influences a Room’s Emotion

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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.

2020’s Kitchen Flooring Color Trends

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

Are you thinking about upgrading your current kitchen floor, and you are not quite sure what is “current” with colors? If so, we first recommend going online and exploring different kitchen designs for inspiration. After, you may find now that it is 2020, dark and light floors are still popular along with contrasting cabinets and islands featuring whites, dark browns, or charcoal grays. However, do not fear, warmer colors are on the horizon, and many designers are inspired by the warm hues.

Blonde

Today’s homeowners are embracing the light and airy openness of their kitchens by incorporating blonde hardwood floors. In fact, many professionals feel that blonde floors will become a classic color this year due to its matchable tone and warm nature.

Honey

Just a bit darker than blonde floors are honey-colored floors. They are warm, cozy, and ever so inviting. In fact, honey-colored floors are making a massive appearance in today’s kitchen flooring.

Whitewashed

Spreading to the east coast are whitewashed floors that have typically been used and loved on the west coast. Many homeowners are choosing whitewashed floors for their homes on the east coast, and we can see why. They offer a carefree, light, airy, and beachy vibe that compliments any kitchen space effortlessly.

White Tile

In addition to the upswing of whitewashed floors, we are also seeing white tile floors go off the charts in the kitchen designs. In fact, white tile floors will contrast with neutral or colorful cabinets alike, and we find many homeowners are installing the marble-look white tile in today’s kitchen. The white floor will make the kitchen appear larger and pristinely clean. Plus, since homeowners have so many choices of white tiles (whether they are ceramic, porcelain, or even natural stone floors), the options are infinite.

What color trend do you foresee in 2020 kitchen designs? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

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!

Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Paint Color

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You have spent the past few weeks analyzing paint swatches, and you are finally at the point where you just wish a color would pick itself. Selecting the right paint color is crucial because it sets the tone for the room, and you want to choose a hue that will harmonize with the other design elements in the room. Before you result in randomly picking a color, here six questions you need to ask yourself:

Where Am I in the Decorating Process?

Paint should be the last element that you implement. However, it needs to be a part of the process from the beginning. After all, repainting can be a simple change. Once you pick out the right sofa and see how those expensive window treatments finally look, you can launch a paint job. If you know what color you interested in using within a space, hold off until all the major design components are in place before you settle on a color.

Will I Actually Love This Color?

The truth is, you will never know whether you really love the color you have selected until it is applied to your walls. If you really like a color, avoid being driven by fear and trust your instincts. Do not let anyone talk you into sticking with white or a muted tone just because it is “less risky.” If it is in the budget, you can hire a professional color consultant to give you advice on what colors look best in a room and how you can implement your favorite color.

Have I Used the Available Tools?

While the color may look great in the magazine, in real life, it may not be as appealing. Before making your final color decision, you should analyze paint chips, samples, and swatches. Using such tools will help you get a good feel for how the color will look on your walls.

Have I Looked at the Color More Than Once?

Lighting can dramatically affect the way a color looks. If you are using a paint sample or analyzing swatches against your walls, be sure to see how it looks at various times of the day and in different lighting scenarios.

What Mood Am I Trying to Create?

The mood and tone of a room can be established by the colors we choose. Therefore, it is important to recognize their power and choose a color or color palette that reflects the mood you want. For example, if you want a tranquil bathroom, you may opt for light blues. On the other hand, if you want a cheerful living room, you may choose a bright yellow.

Does It Complement the Space?

There is a huge debate about whether or not dark colors can be used in smaller spaces. Our opinion is to look at your space and determine the darkness based on your room. Since no two rooms are alike, you can decide if a light or dark shade would work best for your space.

What other questions do you ask yourself when selecting a paint color? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

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. 

Designing a Home Office

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

Lucky you! You actually have a bonus room to turn into your home office. Since you don’t want your home office to remind you of your barren cubicle use these design tips to make it as luxurious and efficient as possible.

Location – you will likely spend many hours in your home office. Do you really want to be stuffed into the corner of your guest room? Make sure there are windows and plenty of light. If you don’t have windows face the door or hang a pretty picture on the wall. You should also consider if you want to be close to the activity in your home or if you work better when you are tucked away?

Picking furniture – consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Keep with the theme of your home, meaning, don’t do a contemporary office if the feel of your home is warm and cozy earth tones.

And speaking of furniture – invest in a good chair. Think ergonomics. Why not use a balance ball and work on your posture and core while you work on your business?

No office beige – paint the walls a color that will inspire you. Don’t you know that color can affect your mood?

Make it comfortable – add wood floors and large area rugs. Get an oversized armchair. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that’s simply your kids’ framed artwork or a classic painting.

Organize, organize, organize – many home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube storage is a fun alternative to bookshelves, since each space can be used for books, knickknacks, or baskets of odds and ends.

Cords – please hide your cords. You can’t make your computer, printer and phone look pretty but you can avoid the octopus of cords that stems from these devices. Feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

Have fun designing and don’t forget our Goodbuy to Winter Sale is still going on until March 25th. No time like the present to come in and let us help with that home office project.

Tile Water Fountain

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Tile

Have you wanted to add a fountain to your landscape but found yourself dissatisfied with your choices? How about designing your own fountain using a circulating pump and some tiles?

The one in this photo is pretty dramatic, so you might want to start with something a bit simpler. Or you could look into landscape architects who have worked on fountains before.

By designing your own fountain or even waterfall using tile, you are unlimited when it comes to colors, styles and mood. Would you like a modern fountain? Consider glass tile or even slate to shine under the water. If you’re leaning toward a more Moorish look, how about adding some figured tiles that show off their rich tones and patterns? A selection of hand-painted Mexican tiles along the edge of a simpler tile or stone choice and you can create a south-of-the border water feature.

Tile is sturdy enough to handle the outdoors and the splash of water. The only thing you may want to do is to make sure the water you use is not too mineral-rich because that can damage the look of the tile.

Tile also comes in all shapes and sizes, and prices! You can have a beautiful fountain by showcasing several more expensive tiles as trim while using a more reasonably-priced tile for the basic structure. And how about a light blue tile at the bottom of a pool to make that water look even more clean and inviting?

Want a fountain that’s unique to your home? Build your own with tile.

Using Slate to Create Beautiful Dining Spaces

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Slate is a popular flooring choice for kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms. We see slate in these rooms in shelter magazines and on blogs quite a bit. Slate is a durable stone surface that can hold up to heavy traffic. This is exactly why slate can be used to create a beautiful dining space which lasts.

With a myriad of colors, from charcoal grays to bluestone to multi-colored stones swirled with russet tones and grays, slate can be chosen to match most interior color palettes. Crisp white works well with slate as do both cool colors and warm hues. Look at your existing dining room furniture to decide which slate works best for your room. Warmer toned woods, like oak or pine, would work well with slate that has flashes of orange or rust. For a more modern feeling, pair black or white furniture with a blue-grey slate.

Slate can work with many interior design styles. A farmhouse table and Windsor chairs would look great with a slate floor for a charming country dining room. Mission style is a perfect mate for slate. The Arts & Crafts style incorporates natural elements so slate would fit both the aesthetics and the philosophy of this style. Dark slate floors add a natural element to a modern or contemporary dining space.

Chose a coordinating dark grout and the grout lines will almost disappear, giving your floor a uniform look. Or select a lighter grout for a more traditional tile feeling.

Durable and stylish, think about a slate floor for your dining room or eat in kitchen. Take a look at the slate flooring we have available at Century-Tile.com.