How Colors In Your Home Can Influence Your Mood

How Colors In Your Home Can Influence Your Mood

Does a red room make you feel agitated, while a soft blue or green feels calming? Today, we’ll show you how to use color based on what you want to feel in your home. Science proves certain colors can affect our moods and emotions. Psychology Today has an article suggesting a possible effect on our cognitive skills, as well. So if colors affect our mental health, emotions, and even how well we perform certain tasks, choosing the right paint colors is crucial.

Room with blues and greens with plants for a calming space(Photo by Charlotte May from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cozy-interior-of-living-room-with-wooden-chairs-and-table-5824890/)

Infuse Your Home With Comfort Through Color

The current trend toward earth hues like blues, greens, wood elements, and warm colors suggests that homeowners are looking for the comfort nature provides. Different hues, lightness/darkness, and how much chroma/saturation a color has can affect our perception and response to colors. Infusing more saturated colors with the hues of nature can add life to your entertainment and social spaces.

A kitchen with orange cabinets shows How Colors In Your Home Can Influence Your Mood(Photo by Houzlook.com: https://www.pexels.com/photo/orange-wooden-kitchen-cabinets-3418998/)

Saturated oranges and reds stimulate hunger and excitement, which would be good for a dining room or kitchen, but not for a bedroom.

Dining room with muted relaxing colors(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/simple-interior-of-comfortable-dining-room-with-table-and-chairs-6180676/)

Bedroom with softer hues to create a calming atmosphere(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/cozy-bedroom-with-walls-decorated-with-lamps-and-pictures-6180671/)

On the other hand, lighter shades of the same hues, such as pinks and corals, paired with soft lavenders and lighter blues, could simulate the colors of a soothing morning dawn.

Mixing Neutrals With Pops of Color

Are you ready for more color?  We understand it feels safer to keep main rooms more neutral. If you’re looking to bring in more “pizzazz,” kitchens, powder rooms, laundry rooms, and home offices are fun places to add color. Especially when separate from the main rooms, these spaces act as islands that can support a unique color. We have helped many homeowners work through their fears of adding color by incorporating warm neutrals, textures, plants, and earth hues to balance the amount of sensitivity for each client.

Kitchen with colorful cabinets(Photo by Keegan Checks: https://www.pexels.com/photo/contemporary-kitchen-design-with-blue-cabinets-10117737/)

Sometimes painting a color on the walls of your kitchen feels intimidating. Consider adding a pop of color on your cabinets instead!

Bathroom with dark green walls to simulate naturePhoto by Andrew Neel: https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-ceramic-sink-with-stainless-steel-faucet-5860600/)

The options to bring color into a bathroom are nearly limitless. These are fun spaces to experiment with a bold paint color or even use wallpaper. Use a colored or patterned tile on the walls and/or floors. Try out different bath mats, rugs, curtains, or towels. Even the vanity cabinets could be a fun color.

Dining room with muted blue green walls and saturated yellow chairs(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/table-with-flowers-in-kitchen-6492386/)

Intimidated By Bold? Aim For Less Saturated and Subtle Colors

Knowing what you like and dislike is key to choosing the right “feel” for each room. When working with a Certified Color Expert and Strategist, you will be guided to colors that work in your home. We consider your needs and how the colors in your home can influence your mood. For example, in bedrooms where the goals are sleep and relaxation, we show you which colors provide a calming feel. For bathrooms, we have the perfect colors for a spa effect. Soothing blues, greens, and softer hues are perfect for these rooms.

Spa-like bathroom with blue walls and soft white wainscoting(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/interior-of-a-comfort-room-with-wood-panels-8143713/)

Before we come out to your home for the in-person consultation, we conduct a pre-appointment phone interview to determine your color sensitivity, likes and dislikes, color and style preferences preferences, and dreams and inspirations. With this information in hand, we’ll help you take the fear out of choosing the right colors the first time. Together, we’ll create a color scheme you love (read how you can prepare for your consultation here).

If you’re ready to create a color-filled space perfectly suited to your desired emotions, reach out to us. We can’t wait to hear about your project.

Color Confidently Yours,

How To Coordinate Paint Colors With Materials: Our 4-Step Method

How To Coordinate Paint Colors With Materials: Our 4-Step Method

Color, whether neutrals or the earth hues trending today, plays an important role in creating hierarchy, harmony, and flow in your home. So many of my clients call me once they have installed new countertops, carpeting, flooring, tile, or other hard finishes. They’re ready to choose a paint color. No problem, right? Wrong! It’s important to coordinate paint colors with materials. Our 4-step method will guide you on how to  align them perfectly.

Fitting the last piece of the “puzzle” into your rooms is the hard way to choose paint colors and results in a very limited palette. You may not be happy with the choices that work! Whether you plan to plan to update & replace all of these elements now or farther down the road, it is still in your best interest to select them at the same time before installation. By doing so, we ensure your future final design is perfectly the way you dreamed without limiting your choices.

 

A room with a warm feel(Photo by Max Rahubovskiy: https://www.pexels.com/photo/hotel-room-with-bed-near-table-under-lamps-6899434/)

Step #1: Determine How You Want The Space To Feel

The most successful remodeling projects begin with an assessment of the space. The psychology of color plays a big role in personal preferences. Consider how you want your space to feel. What mood or vibe are you looking to achieve? Soft and cozy? Dark and moody? Nature-inspired comfort? Clean, elegant, and neutral? Or colorful and vibrant? The purpose of each room will also give you hints. Energetic colors like reds, yellows, and oranges work well in offices, dining rooms and other spaces. Greens, blues, pinks are calming and good for places of relaxation and bedrooms. Browns, grays, blacks, and neutrals can be warm and comforting or elegant and sophisticated.

 

Research How To Coordinate Paint Colors With Materials(Photo by Ivan Samkov: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-looking-at-an-interior-design-magazine-4238479/)

Step #2: Research Styles and Homes That Inspire Your Vision

For help visualizing your space, search for inspiration photos on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, or in magazines. Hone in on what you like about each space and how it makes you feel. Gather photos with whole rooms that you like the feel of, as well as rooms containing certain elements, furnishings and accessories you like.

Select Paint Fixed Finishes and Dictating Elements Together(Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-different-objects-on-the-table-6583373/)

Step #3: Plan To Select Paint, Fixed Finishes, & Dictating Elements Together

Before you install the fixed finishes you are considering, gather multiple samples of each material you are considering. This includes carpeting, backsplash, countertop, tile, stone, and wood flooring. For granite and other large stone with pattern, be sure to request to see the actual large sample you will be having installed. Many clients have come home to the unpleasant surprise of countertops with orange veining because the small sample they originally viewed had none. View the samples IN YOUR HOME with the natural and artificial lighting you plan to use.

 

homeowners testing paint samples(Photo by Blue Bird: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-opening-a-can-of-paint-7217978/)

Step #4: Evaluate, Refine, Repeat… And Action!

Before you order and have materials installed, call an experienced color expert who can measure the hue families of the materials you’re considering. They will help you narrow down the right paint colors to coordinate with each new material, as well as any materials, furnishings, and artwork staying in each room. Choosing the paint color at the same time as the rest of the materials is the only way to ensure that your selection will align with your vision and create harmony and flow in your home. Looking for more guidance in choosing the right paint colors? Call us!

We want you to love the colors you come home to!

If you’re ready for a pro to help you choose your paint colors and design finishes all at once, I would be honored to help. Reach out and let’s chat!

Color Confidently Yours,

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All There Is To Know About Our e-Design Services

All There Is To Know About Our e-Design Services

The time for a design refresh is here. You’re tired of the old, outdated look of your bedroom or your living room. Tired of all the advice from HGTV and well-meaning friends, the overwhelming choices, time-draining searches on Pinterest. Weary from multiple trips to stores looking for the perfect furnishings and accessories for your room redesign. Its’a all stressing you out! We’re here to let you know that we get it. We’ve been there. And we have a solution to help you. Here’s everything you need to know about our e-Design services!

What Are e-Design Services?

Whether you’re struggling to create a certain look or you just don’t have time or energy to get started, we have the answer. We can help with the indecision of choosing from thousands of options and alleviate your fear of making the wrong choices. Let us curate beautifully designed rooms with furnishings and accessories just for you. If you need customized help to choose a specific look and furnishings you’ll love, you’ll love our design boards. Do you need a confident color scheme and a purposefully designed look?  Well, look no further. Color Confident home is now offering a service you’ll love. You’ll get peace of mind, time to check off your to-do list, and more rest and relaxation (we hope!). Not to mention admiration from friends and family for your intentionally-designed look.

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How The Process Works

In our easy eDesign process, all you need to do is first answer a style questionnaire, provide some photos, and room measurements. We’ll then set up a customized design board and curate items from various vendors for you based on your answers. Finally, you’ll choose your favorite furnishings and accessories from the look we’ve created for you. Then you will simply click on the items to purchase directly from the vendors. Your dream furnishings and accessories will be delivered straight to your home!

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What You Receive From Your Final Custom eDesign

A recent busy client needed help with her living room eDesign. My team and I curated her furnishings and accessories. We also created a look for her room that aligned with her style preferences and the rest of her home. She didn’t have to take time out of her busy schedule to search online or go to stores. Neither did she fret about making the right decisions.

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A Professional Design You’ll Love

So, give yourself a gift! Avoid the indecision, sleepless nights, conflicting advice from family and friends, and trips to every home furnishing store in town. We’re here to give you peace of mind, more time with family, and also, a look you will love! Openings for our eDesign service are available now. We provide busy professionals, couples, and families a professionally-styled room design for the new year.

Have a question about this service? Ready to begin? Contact us here so we can get the party started!

Color Confidently Yours,
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Has Your Upgrade or Remodel Come to a Halt?

You’re Ready to Upgrade or Remodel But Don’t Know Where to Start?

If the coronavirus has suddenly brought your upgrade or remodel to a halt, you’re in the right spot. Now you can get that designer look without leaving the safety and comfort of your home. Discover eDesign! At Color Confident Home, we’ll help you make choices that fit your style AND your budget.

Has your upgrade or remodel come to a halt?

A Perfect Solution

You’re stuck at home and decide to finally upgrade the rooms you’ve put off. Or you’re right in the middle of your remodel with no idea how to finish. And now you can’t go to the stores due to potential coronavirus crowds. Plus you already feel exhausted at the thought of an endless search for the perfect furnishings and accessories. Look no further.

We will curate a design board just for you! First we’ll do a Facetime discovery call to help you decide on the perfect package. Then you’ll answer a questionnaire about your style and some more details about your project. Once we receive all your infomation, our designers will use the rules of design to create harmony, flow, and balance in each room. Then we’ll search a variety of vendors for furniture, area rugs, throw pillows, bedding, lighting, artwork, accessories and more. And finally, we’ll put together a design board with furnishings and accessories that are perfect for you!

Easy Ordering

When you receive your design board by email, YOU decide on your favorites. Then just click on the items to order straight from the vendors. AND have them delivered RIGHT to your home! You’ll purchasing direct and avoid trips to multiple stores, which are probably closed right now anyway! You also SAVE money and time while protecting your health and your peace of mind.

Contact 248-509-4720 and schedule your FREE Facetime Discovery Call to discuss your design project or click HERE to sign up for our package options now!

2019 Home Color Trends to Start Using Now

Color is back in 2019 Home Color Trends!

After the gray trend of the last nine years, I’m seeing home color trends moving toward more color and warmer colors. Look in accessory catalogs, on home decor blogs, and in paint company inspiration palettes to see bold colors, warm earthy tones, and navy being featured. Remember, trends last 7-10 years, and gray is on its way out. Here in the midwest, we are a little slower to catch up with color and design trends. Along the west coast in California and on the east coast in places like New York these color trends are here. If you’re a late bloomer, maybe you’ve just finished painting your walls gray. Don’t despair! Bringing in colorful, new accessories can brighten your home and give it a fresh update until you paint again. On the other hand if you’re ready to get rid of the gray and not sure how to transition to color, read on.

2019 Home Color Trends

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Curating Your Color Scheme

One way to create a new color scheme without gutting and starting over is to find a pillow or fabric with new colors that complement your current color scheme. This pillow by chicdecorpillows incorporates a blue-gray in the pattern along with yellow-green, aqua, and the on-trend navy I’m seeing in so many accessories now. The gray color scheme was originally intended for consumers to use pops of color to brighten up the gray backdrop. Many homeowners gravitated toward monochromatic shades of gray and neutrals with no colorful accessories or artwork anywhere. If your color scheme falls into this category, a simple way to freshen your design would be to add those intended pops of color.

If you still shy away from bold, saturated colors, consider navy to accessorize and add color to your home. Navy is the new neutral of neutrals, so it’s a good way to start experimenting with color if your home leans toward whites, grays, and other “safe” colors. Scour home decor catalogs for accessories, scan Pinterest to see how others incorporate navy, and seek help from a color consultant if you need help.

 

Cultivating the New Home Color Trends

After the cool gray trend, consumers are wanting bolder colors and warmer environments. Home color trends are moving toSherwin Williams 2019 Color of the Yearward earthy colors, as demonstrated by Sherwin Williams 2019 Color of the Year, SW 7701 Cavern Clay. Their website descriptively states: “A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates the desert modern aesthetic.” Bringing these colors into our homes reminds people of varying landscapes, the freedom to explore, and a serenity only nature can offer. Geometric patterns and layered textures and accessories create a richness that invites. Wallpaper is back in subtle and creative ways to enhance the feel of our spaces.

 

2019 Home Color Trends

Behr’s 2019 Color Palettes

Behr describes their 2019 Color of the Year, S407-5 Blueprint, as “An honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life, Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own reimagined life—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action.” The saturated blue-gray surrounds consumers and invites them to be the creator of their spaces. The names of their four curated color palettes – Color Binge, Down to Earth, Soft Focus, and Inspired Curation – demonstrate how saturated colors dominate the new home color trends.

A Whisper of Color

In the end, many people still prefer neutral walls with accessories, rugs, and furniture bringing in color. The trend for neutral walls leans to greige, which adds a touch of warmth to the grays we’ve been using. Greige paints a whisper of color to freshen up and brighten, while still providing the backdrop for artwork and color. If you need help figuring out the best color for your walls or deciding on an updated color scheme, contact me so you can choose the right colors the first time!

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