Archive for June 2011

Color Combinations for Bathrooms

June 23, 2011

Colors help create the mood in your bathroom.
People often overlook the bathroom when it comes to decorating the home. These rooms may be smaller than the other rooms of the house, but this is no reason not to decorate them. In fact, because they are smaller, you can decorate them for a lower cost than other rooms. You can even talk to a professional and step outside your typical decorating styles and try something new. The key to choosing the right color scheme is knowing the mood you want to convey.

Muted
•    Muted colors generate a soothing sense in rooms and this kind of color combination may be just what you’re looking for in your bathroom. Soft colors such as dusty pink, pale green and powder blue are easy on the eyes in the early morning. Pink and blue shades are calming while green shades bring energy into rooms. Pink, green and white is a feminine palette, while blue, green and white is more masculine. Blue, white and yellow will make your bathroom feel cheery.

Neutral
•    A neutral color arrangement is another option for your bathroom. Neutral colors work well with other colors and include black, beige and cream. Look for variations of these colors to add interest to your bathroom. If you choose a light tan on the walls, an earthy brown paired with creamy beige offers a pleasing mix. Black, white and ochre is another neutral palette for the bathroom. These color trios often give you enough variety to find towels and rugs that enhance your bathroom. Add texture to your bathroom with fluffy rugs and a variety of baskets. Hang a shower curtain made of natural fibers to add character to your bathroom.

Black and White
•    This color combination is pleasing in any room. The airy nature of white offsets the solid, bold nature of black for a feeling of balance. Black towels and a black shower curtain with white pinstripes help the colors of the room feel even. Another option is white geometric shapes on window treatments with black accessories. A black and white checkered floor helps round out the room.

Nautical
•    Primary colors are bright and cheery and this look may be what you need to help you wake up in the mornings. Combinations of bold red, bright yellow and deep blue will make your bathroom feel open and spacious. Look to add spots of color with candles, floral arrangements and linens. Hang photographs of lighthouses to balance the color throughout the room.

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How to Design Exterior Colors of a New House

June 16, 2011

Matt Kimble of Concepts In Color

A new house is a blank canvas, and with all the paint colors available, it can be difficult to decide on a color scheme. The exterior colors of your home should be a reflection of your personality, but there are some basic rules of design to keep in mind. The ideal color combination greatly enhances your home’s appearance and increases curb appeal. Pick wisely so your home stands out in the neighborhood for all the right reasons.

Browse home design magazines and consult an expert to get inspiration for color schemes you like. Tear out the pages (or make a color copy) of ideas you like.

Consider your home’s existing fixtures – shingle color, brick or stone accents and guttering, for example. Try to incorporate these into the color scheme rather than ignore them.

Pay attention to your surroundings. No one wants a cookie-cutter home, but make an effort to choose colors that don’t clash completely with neighboring houses. Your landscaping also can give you color scheme clues. If you live on a heavily wooded lot, consider lighter colors to avoid having your house blend in with the background. Lighter colors can also make a small house seem larger.

Study the color wheel for clues. Painting your house one solid color is a design faux pas – you’ll want to use colors that go well together to accent shutters, trim, windows and porches. Successful color schemes often use monochromatic colors (different shades of one color), complementary colors (colors opposite one another on the wheel) or adjacent colors (colors next to one another on the color wheel). Concepts In Color can help you find the right colors for your home.

Pick up color swatches or paint samples of hues you like. Be sure to take your notes and design examples with you to the home improvement store so you can match swatches to your wants.

Consult a professional. If you are still on the fence about design colors, get an expert opinion before purchasing paint.  A great contractor may also be able to provide you with a consultation.

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Kitchen Design Paint Colors

June 7, 2011

The paint color in your kitchen impacts the mood of the room and so influences how comfortable you and others are when working or socializing in the kitchen. Though the color scheme in your kitchen should coordinate with the rest of your home, the color should be restful and stimulating, relaxing and inspiring.

Warm Colors

  • Red is a warm, almost hot color used only if there is a minimum of wall space. Too much red may cause feelings of anxiousness as the color in large doses tends to overstimulate the senses. Offset the red with a cool white or toasty brown to play against the heat of the red to create balance and provide excitement and comfort within the kitchen.

    Oranges and yellows are also considered warm colors, and are less intense than a pure red. Warm colors work well with traditional design and, in particular, country style or Tuscan style kitchens. For a more contemporary or modern design, use the brighter shades of the warm colors to match the sleek appeal of the kitchen design.

Cool Colors

  • The blues and greens found in nature bring a sense of relaxation to the kitchen space. These cool colors are refreshing to look at and work well in both traditional and modern design.

    Lighter shades of cooler colors in a kitchen offset darker woods and large appliances. Dark shades of blue and green, though, may need sharper contrast to prevent a sense of lethargy. Use splashes of red in accessories to offset darker greens, and use bright whites to play off darker shades of blue.

Neutral Colors

  • Neutral colors in a kitchen needn’t translate to safe or boring. Painting kitchen walls a sandy brown, a slate gray or an antique white allows for versatility in color play with artwork and accessories. A bright red ceramic tea set on a countertop pops when played against walls painted in a whisper of color.

Mixed Colors

  • There may be more than one wall in a kitchen, and not all the walls must be the same color. Use a mix of contrasting colors to create a dynamic feel. Use a warm color, such as a bright red or yellow, for an accent wall, and paint the remaining walls a smooth white or creamy brown.

    Another option is to pair paint colors. Paint the bottom half of the wall a cocoa brown and the top half a cool blue or soft white. This option works well in smaller kitchens as the contrasting colors cause the eye to travel, providing visual interest.

Find out more, talk to Matt Kimble at Concepts In Color about color ideas.