As the holidays approach I find myself giddy with thoughts of eggnog and turkey legs (can you tell I am food motivated?). It is a time when family and friends come together to share great food and good conversation. When your guests join you for the holidays, where do they congregate? Often, they spend the most time in the kitchen keeping the chef company and the dining room for the big meal. Make sure these rooms are as festive as you feel with some simple tips.
Color Me Happy!
Did you have a mood ring when you were a kid? You put on the ring and it changed color depending on your emotions. What if you had a ring that didn’t tell you your emotions but evoked them?
Rings like that only exist in Fairy Tales. However, by understanding how color can evoke emotion you can paint your office to help you be more productive, paint your child’s room to inspire creativity, or design a bedroom that will allow you to relax at the end of the day.
Lately, I have been fascinated with environmental psychology and how color can influence emotions. The more research I have done on the subject the more conflicting information I have received. One article mentions that the color yellow upsets babies while others feel that yellow is sunny and happy. My conclusion… everyone is different. Here is an example: I love to hike and camp. When I think of the color green I think of nature. However, when I spoke to a woman who was a Financial Advisor she thought of money when I mentioned green. Personal experience tends to play a large part on how we feel about certain colors. So how do colors relate to Interior Design?
When meeting with my clients, I have them fill out a questionnaire about their personal aesthetic and lifestyle. Based on their answers and my experience I am able to come up with a personalized color palette. Here are some examples of why a particular color might be selected for a certain room:
How should paint be applied?
A few months ago I was working with a Painter on a job at a condominium complex to paint the public areas. The Painter was using a sprayer to coat the walls. A Sprayer is a device where that sprays a coating (paint, ink, varnish, etc.) through the air onto a surface. When I asked him how many coats of paint he was adding he said just one. He told me that spraying one coat with a sprayer is like 4 coats with a brush. Perhaps this particular Painter was mis-informed or he simply wanted to save money on buying paint but the fact is THAT STATEMENT WAS FALSE.