3 Bright Color Palettes To Consider For Your Home This Summer

3 Bright Color Palettes To Consider For Your Home This Summer

Paint manufactures and houseware companies offer homeowners new colors and ideas each year, and 2017 is a banner year for their home design ideas. These companies offer a number of new color palettes that provide a bright new look for home interiors that reflect the current needs of consumers. Browse the selection at local establishments such as Koontz Hardware, to find new options like these color palettes that are making a splash in interior design this year.

1 – A Blend of Calming Colors For Your Forest Bath
The idea of the “forest bath” is based on a Japanese practice of spending extended time in a wooded environment to reduce stress and refresh the spirit. Recently, the principle has received scientific support from a study from Stanford University. You can create this same serene environment in your home with the use of a combination of greens and blue-greens, set off with more pronounced tones, such as Grape Kiss or Acid Lime.

2 – Rely On Black & White, With A Pop Of Color
Black-and-white is a classic look that suits many modern and contemporary designs. The stark contrast of the two tones have been a staple of interior design since the 1940s, and more recently, has been combined with bright chrome and other metallic shades. This year, the look is being combined with a pop of bold color. Try one of the new shades of bold color, such as Opaline Green, Orange Popsicle or Prism Pink. The addition of bright color introduces an optimistic and vivid aspect into the traditional black-and-white background.

3 – Celebrate The Novelty Of Unexpected Combinations
Some of the new color palettes invite you to develop an acquired taste for unexpected combinations that challenge old decorating concepts. The juxtaposition of vibrant colors with a background of quieter tones may not be something you’re accustomed to, but it can provide a fresh and updated look for your home. Colors like Mulberry, Orange Chiffon and Brandied Melon can be a surprising match with pale gold or muted pink. The look may inspire you to try a few new combinations of your own.

If you’re in the market for paints and products for re-decorating your home, take some time to research the current trends. You may be surprised at the vast number of color choices that are now available. Some of the new color palettes are so innovative they take some getting used to, to train the eye to accept a whole new look. Other palettes are reminiscent of older trends that consumers know and have loved for decades. Sample these new offerings to your heart’s desire, experimenting with new color combinations and contrasting tones, to update the look of your home.

 

The Psychology Of Color On Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, colors are not randomly used. Interior designers know how to use colors to create an emotional impact and achieve a desired result. If you want to feel calmer, more comfortable, more cheerful or dramatic, colors are powerful when you want to improve your mood.  Even though we respond to colors in similar ways, the psychological effects of a color might not be the same for you as it is for someone else.

When choosing the ideal interior color, there are a few things to take into consideration. The amount of time you will be spending in a room, the look and the feel of the space you’d like to induce are important. You would also want to consider the room position and the time of the day that the sun will enter the room. The size of the room will drive your color choice as well. For example, a room can look bigger with a white color where in contrast, a dark color will make a room look smaller.

Check out our infographic provided by IMI Design and learn more about what each color can do for your room. If you feel like deciding on a color is overwhelming, an interior designer can help you with finding the best color that will make your home express your style and personality.

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Paint Like a Pro: Handling Tricky Situations

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Some people build bridges, other put up walls. Whatever your personal approach to people and life in general may be, we all know that shabby walls do not make a home, which is why professionals in the painting business recommend applying a fresh paint coat to the walls and ceilings at least once in a few years.

Unfortunately, not all surfaces in our homes are pitch-perfect and easy to handle: there may sometimes be peculiar nooks, awkward angles and uneven textures that need to be tackled properly and with more care if you want the brand new paint number to truly show and make a difference.  Here are some tips on how to avoid common painting pitfalls and handle tricky surfaces like an experienced professional.

Edges at Odd Angles

Homes with modern designer looks often have edges sticking out at odd angles, a decorative technique which contributes to greater visual interest – but it also adds hassle to otherwise straightforward painting tasks. You can apply a single color to the entire surface to avoid dramatic effects, or you can highlight the awkward interplay of angular oddities by painting the prominent aspects in bright/dark accent tones – this will create an attention-grabbing contrast across the room.

Immaculate Niches

Another challenging aspect of your home that may leave you clueless, niches can be tackled in two ways. Depending on the look you wish to achieve, you can either paint the back wall only or you can paint the entire surface. Most people paint only the back wall as this is easier and makes for a nice decorative contrast, but painting the entire niche will render a more elegant, consistent feel to the room.

Tray Ceilings at Their Finest

ceilingTray ceilings are an excellent architectural touch for spacious indoor areas, but they are nevertheless rather complex when it comes to DIY painting projects. In a recent chat with the people behind Apcoatings, it was brought to my attention that tray ceilings can serve as an eye-catching room focal point if painted in a combination of light and metallic tones, while darker shades interlaid with soft natural tones will fare better in case you want to achieve the visual impression of added height.

Painting in the Bull-nose Corner

Bull-nose corners add a gentle, fluid feel to the indoor area but can be problematic come painting time. You can either use the same paint tone for the entire wall surface (rounded corners included) or you can paint the walls in one color and add graduated accents to mark the transition at the curved angles. If you want to stay on the safe side, opt for neutral or muted tones, but if you want to be creative and experiment a bit, bold shades can prove an engaging décor transition.

Moldings for a dose of chic

Just like tray ceilings, moldings can add sophistication to your workplace or living area, but they require more attention in wall painting. For a well put-together impression, paint the moldingstrims in slightly lighter or darker tones than the rest of the wall – or go artistic with bolder contrasts, complementary colors or glossy paint. Just remember: high contrasts and daring accents in moldings may visually diminish the room, so avoid them if your home is not overly generous in terms of size.

You need not be a new Michelangelo to refresh your home with a dash of fresh paint. Yes, there are options to consider and decisions to make, but at least now you know some basic hacks on how to make the most of the unique features your home already has and use them to the overall décor’s advantage. Pick a feel and look you want to create in your office, studio or apartment and work out a color scheme that fits the desired ambiance best. Life can be simple, painting included, for as long as you know what you want to achieve and are able to keep your eyes on the target.

 

 

How to Set up the Perfect Nursery for your Child

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Having a baby is the happiest moment in everyone’s life and everything that is connected to this wonderful event is beautiful. This also includes decorating and setting up a nursery for the upcoming child. It is an exciting decorating project and if it is done right, it will result in the best possible space for your child’s first months and years. So, what exactly does one need to take care of in order to set up the perfect nursery for one’s child?

Theme or no theme?

Many parents decide to go with a certain theme when they are decorating the nursery. Either they want to keep things simple and go with a theme or they are fans of a certain motif that will pervade the new nursery. Most themes are gender-based, with princesses for girls and sports for boys, for example. There are also plenty of nursery themes that are gender neutral and that will work for any child, like animal kingdom or something retro. Other parents choose against a theme and they come up with the design and the “feel” on their own.

Best furniture you can afford

If there is one thing where you will not want to skimp is buying furniture for your nursery. We think there is no need to list everything you will need for your nursery, but we will tell you this – make sure you get the highest-quality furniture you can afford. Try to make it natural and untreated with anything that might harm the baby. We are not saying that you should spend thousands on a bassinette, but do not skimp either. A good idea is also to put in “support” furniture that will not be for the baby itself, like a chair and a coffee table for the parents who spend time in the nursery.

Choosing the color

You have to be very careful when choosing the color for the nursery. Painting services professionals we talked to recommended something mild and calming, as opposed to something very aggressive and exciting. We are talking shades of beige, milder shades of blue and green or even yellow or orange, but making sure the actual shades are airy and easy on the eyes. Some of the colors you will want to avoid in the nursery are red, strong yellows and orange, as well as aggressive shades of pink or purple.

Controlling light and warmth

A baby needs to spend time in warm and comfortable environment with enough light, but not too much. Because of this, most experts will recommend that you enable precise control of lighting in the nursery. For instance, you can put in shades that will allow you to control how much natural light gets in at any given moment. Also, when artificial lighting is in question, it is always a good idea to install dimmers. You should also install air-conditioning and heating that will enable you to finely tune the temperature in the nursery at all times.

How To Transform Your Home Into Your Sanctuary of Rest and Relaxation

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With all of the stress that surrounds us, one place we shouldn’t have to deal with added stress is in our own homes. The problem, however, is that too few of us take the time to make our homes the center for relaxation, our safe haven or sanctuary if you will. If you’re willing to put in a little time and effort, though, you can easily transform your home into a relaxing, stress-free place just for you, and all you need is a little paint, the right lighting, and a few other unique upgrades.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Over-stuffing is one of the biggest distractors from relaxation. Piles of books and clothes or items in general disarray is one of the biggest stress-inducers in any home. So, as you begin your home transformation, the first place you should start is getting rid of some of the clutter. Go through your things and sort what you want to keep and what can be donated or even sold. Be mindful that your goal is to create a relaxing space, and it’ll be easier to get rid of a few things here and there.

Change the Paint

Painting is one of the single most effective ways to change the feel of a room without making too big of an investment. If your room is bathed in a loud print or a bright color, it is obviously not going to be soothing or relaxing. Opt for colors that are soft and airy instead. Shades of blue and green are especially good for bedrooms while neutral earth tones are great for rooms throughout your living space. Whatever color you choose, just remember to keep the combined color scheme simple, calming, and comforting.

Select the Right Furniture

interior-designAs you transform your home, you’ll want to consider comfortable relaxing furniture as well. For everyday pieces, focus on choosing furniture that is functional and comfortable. Remember to choose pieces that work together, too, instead of combat one another in form or design. If you want to really up the relaxation factor in your home, look for a massage chair that you can home to each evening. Having unique pieces that exude relaxation and comfort is one of the best ways to make your space relaxing and renewing.

Check Your Lighting

Lighting is another component that can really add to or take away from the ambiance of your home. To increase the relaxation-factor of your home, focus on lighting locations, not the whole rooms. Bright overhead lighting is often too aggressive, especially in the evening when you are trying to calm down and soothe your senses. Lamps and other single lighting features are great for adding soothing lighting to an area. To soften the light of larger overhead options, add a dimmer to the lighting fixture so you can adjust the brightness to fit your mood. Also, select full-spectrum bulbs that are made to mimic natural light, instead of standard bulbs that are too bright. These lighting options will help create a more soothing, natural atmosphere in your home.

Create Your Own Personal Spa

Don’t have time to make it to the local spa? Don’t worry. You can have a spa in your very own bathroom. This change is a slightly more costly renovation, but it is well worth the spa bathroominvestment. Consider installing a jetted tub where you can sit and relax at the end of the day. Heated floors are a nice touch for coming home and relaxing or even just staying warm on an especially chilly day. And, there are few things more relaxing than a shower after a long stressful day. Finish your bathroom off with fine touches like granite countertops and tile flooring and you’ll have a space that rivals even the most upscale spas.

Your home should be your sanctuary, and with a few simple upgrades, it can be. Transform your home into your haven of relaxation and look forward to living right where you are every single day.