Color. Most people love it, but shy away from it when it comes to using it in their homes. Color often evokes the thought that a space is going to be loud if too much is used. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The trick, like in anything, is to find a balance between the really intense colors and those that are less intense. When this balance is successfully achieved the effect is more often times than not a peaceful, cozy interior.
My dear friend and business partner, Jennifer Flanders, is an expert when it comes to creating well balanced colorful interiors. She is not afraid to mix intense colors pairing them with neutrals to create well balanced dramatic spaces. In this show house she adeptly uses rich color choices on the walls and ceilings balancing them with neutral furniture and a neutral carpet. The teal color on the walls reads almost as if it was neutral and helps the space to feel warm and inviting. The pop of chartreuse on the ceiling adds a nice unexpected pop of color.
Ceilings are often overlooked as a great area to add just the right amount of drama to a room. I love using a color or wallpaper on the ceilings or even switching up flat paint for a colorful semi gloss finish which not only adds color to the room but adds depth and a reflective quality.
Still too nervous to go bold with color in your home? Try designing a neutral space with soft walls, and neutral furniture then adding your pop of color with accessories and smaller furniture pieces. This is a great way to get some drama without having to over commit to one color or another. And, if you should tire of the pops of color you selected, they are easy, and relatively inexpensive, to change out.
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ASI Design Studio, inc
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New York, NY 10001