Do you want to add some color to your home but you're not quite ready to paint your walls? Here are some helpful tips for some affordable and easy ways to add a unique look to your home.
DIY Dye - Rit dye is the bomb! When I was younger, Rit dye was used for old jeans, shoes and of course, tie dye. I'm not sure why I forgot about my beloved Rit dye but recently I decided to update an old faded slipcover couch that had been sitting in our sun room. Since it's cotton, the sun room was not the best place for it, so it will find a new home in our basement. Before dyeing, it looked horrible. After... a whole lotta better, right?
There are a ton of fun ways to use DIY dye in your own home. Just visit The Rit Studio for some other great ideas. Don't be afraid to use your washer (like I was) - it didn't stain at all. Check out these fun pillows - they are actually made with dye and ice, created by mesocrazy.com.
Use your imagination and get creative with it! Have some old sheets laying around? Let's make then ombre! You can use one or a mix of colors to breathe new life into pillows, rugs, curtains, or any other fabric - all for little less than a latte at Starbucks.
Wall Hangings - It doesn't have to be art - anything with texture, color and that is mostly flat can go on your wall. Look out for eclectic rugs or artful quilts at consignment stores or craft shows; macramé is great and not just something that was for the '70s. Discovering unique finds to hang on the wall can add a fun pop of color to your space. Better yet, find a destination workshop clinic to create your one-of-a-kind piece! Places like The Makery or Labmkls will provide a creative getaway and workshop to create your new wall hanging or art.
You can also consider using common things around the house to create a unique look. I have a box full of scrap book paper that I have never used, just taking up space in my closet. A quick and easy solution is to frame or mod podge that paper onto a board and hang it on the blank wall begging to be filled. No artistic skills necessary!
These are just a few fun ways to add some creative color to your space. Of course, there are so many more ideas and I'd love to hear and see what you've done in your own home. As for me, I'll definitely be signing up for a destination workshop soon - maybe I'll see you there!
Your Color Consultant of Denver Colorado Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
Denver, CO, January 17, 2017 – Kelly Paulson from Your Color Consultant of Denver CO has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The top Design Firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Your Color Consultant,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
Two funny words have crept into our design language since 2016: Hygge and Lagom. Today, we'll talk about both concepts and how to add them to your own home.
Hygge (pronounced “HOO-ga”) is the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Coziness. Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment. That feeling of settling in on a snowy day with warm blankets and family? That's hygge.
So how do you create hygge at home? Just surround yourself with cozy blankets, familiar items and crisp clean colors - white, light shades of blues and greens, or soft and neutral greys work best. A dark grey accent wall can also add some warmth to a hygge home. Consider the following colors: Kendall Charcoal BM; Fleur de Sel SW; or Eider White SW
As most of the US is covered in snow right now, I think we could all use a little hygge! What room would you cozy up with hygge style?
While hygge really took off in 2016, many designers are transitioning to 2017 with a new idea in mind: lagom.
Lagom is the Swedish concept of "enough, sufficient, adequate, just right." I believe it is a great idea to embrace in design and in our homes. Let's all just keep what we need, what is enough. Embrace a 'less is more' mindset and be thankful for what we have.
Paint colors for lagom are similar to hygge - white, light blues and greens and clean warm grays. Some paint colors to consider: Alabaster SW and Classic Gray BM. Adding a graphic wallpaper is another simple was to add just enough to your space.
As the year is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on the most popular paint colors of 2016 and what is being embraced by clients and promoted by the industry moving forward into 2017. There is more than one way to recognize a trend, but I am pulling in information from the paint manufacturer forecasts and what I'm hearing directly from my clients.
I often have people ask me if the color they are going with is a trend or a design classic. A design trend is generally a new idea that quickly captures the imagination of people. Trends can last for a few months or years, or even decades. On the other hand, a design classic has timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and remains up to date regardless of the year of its design.
As a color consultant, my job is to make sure that colors work together in a home and to offer advice on what will last. I have found that a lot of my clients are very on top of trends but they really want a classic look that will last and most are unsure of how to pull that off! Today I will discuss what I am seeing in the field vs. what the industry is saying and hope it answers questions you may have when considering choosing a new paint color for your home.
So, lets dive into it then, what does the industry say vs. what are people actually doing in their homes? Below are 5 trends comparing the paint and design industry to what I see in my clients' homes. (Disclaimer - this is mainly in the Denver metro area, and I'm sure that industry influence is stronger in areas like New York & LA)
I have been enjoying all the 2017 Color of the Year reveals and wanted to take some time to review one of them. Todays color is.... Taupe! Taupe has been chosen as a color of the year from Sherwin Williams, aka, Poised Taupe. I wanted to showcase this and some other taupes I have found and share that embracing the soft side can be a beautiful thing.
Aren't those cabinets stunning? The designer of this home used the color right. The cabinets are so beautiful, carefully paired with gold and light wood. The wood helps even out the pinks and to showcase a soft, warm taupe.
Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe 983 is PERFECT for a nursery, like the one above from Kristina Ashley Interiors. She did a good job in her design of course, but the taupe warms the room and tones down the pink, lending a more sophisticated look.
Above is Poised Taupe SW6039 (again), this time on the walls from Sherwin Williams. I believe it softens the strong lines of the modern cabinets and design creating a perfect combo for this kitchen.
Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the Vicki Myhren Gallery at Denver University where they held a "color symposium" at their wonderfully curated art exhibition, Learning to See Color. I wanted to share highlights from the talk and the exhibition today as color is much more complex and interesting than most of us realize.
The exhibit explores color and the elusiveness of it. What I liked most about this exhibit was the exploration of color not just in art, how it is perceived in music, industry (including the coatings industry!) and everyday life.
photo credit Vicki Myhren Gallery
The exhibit was curated by Dan Jacobs of the gallery and co-curated by Jeffery Keith who is an artist, color expert and teacher. Jeffery's background of 20 plus years in the industry and knowledge in color led to this exhibit coming to fruition. The show also stems off of the examination a portfolio of works on paper by Josef Albers — called “Formulation: Articulation" As Albers noted in the past, "When you really understand that each color is changed by a changed environment, you eventually find that you have learned about life as well as about color."
image courtsey of Artspace
Josef Albers work in the exhibition, photo credit Vicki Myhren Gallery
As a color consultant, I deal with color changing in it's environment DAILY. I have learned to understand it as simultaneous contrast. Simultaneous contrast identified by Michel Eugène Chevreul refers to the manner in which the colors of two different objects affect each other. The effect is more noticeable when shared between objects of complementary color. There are examples of this concept throughout the show.
Vicki Myhren Gallery
Vicki Myhren Gallery
The panel presenters included a range of creative professionals including Marketing Manager from Sherwin Williams, Christie Del Ciotto. They provided a vast exploration into color and left the audience wanting to know even more about color, it's meaning, how it is perceived and where it is going. The show was a educational exploration into color and a tough concept to pull off successfully, but I am happy to say the and exhibition was a success.
I am happy to announce a "new thing" Your Color Consultant is doing - Inspired Color Palettes! I have been contemplating for a while how to integrate my love of color, design and art. I also love Photoshop and creating visual inspiration, so I've decided to create "Inspired Paint Color Palettes", you will be able to find them HERE. Most will be available for a free download on my site, Instagram or to be pinned on Pinterest.
A couple times a month on my blog I will highlight rooms with inspired paint colors along with the palette, as in today's post - the colors inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night painting.
Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite artist.. He is known to be one of the top post impressionists of all time. His use of color, movement and light is breathtaking as seen below in his work, Starry Night. As a side note, scientists actually attribute this piece to his genius on how he captures movement and discovery of turbulence. (Just look at the painting below for a while and it will start to move on you!)
In today's post, I've pulled out a few colors from this work and found similar ones from the paint manufacture Benjamin Moore. Scroll below to read and see how these colors are used for the home.
The dark highlights in the painting remind me of Benjamin Moore's, Midnight Oil paint color. The photo of cabinets below showcase how a black paint can be used to create a deep contrast to the crisp white in this kitchen. This black is also not harsh, as some blacks can be. I love how it pairs nicely with the marble counter tops as well.
Photo Credit - Benjamin Moore
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