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Everyone dreads painting. Probably one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is what color to use. Then you will wonder if it would work to paint some rooms a different color. You might want an accent wall or maybe faux finishes. Should the ceiling be the same color? What about the baseboards and doors and jambs? These are opportunities to be daring and creative. Your home could be transformed without having to buy anything new.
Choose a key color—your rooms can have a different energy simply by the choices you make when selecting color. Think about the feeling you would like in each room and coordinate the color with the feeling it gives you. And, never paint a room without first testing it in a few places or use a color you have only seen on a small 1-inch piece of paper.
When adding a second color, pick a dominant hue you can repeat in accessories or already have in your accessories. For example, an accent wall can be the keynote and be picked up again somewhere else in the room with an object on a table or in a fabric. You can hang a picture on one color wall that picks up the color from the other wall. This reinforces both colors and gives you the opportunity to introduce a third color for accent or relief.
Painters love to paint ceilings white no matter what the color of the walls which is a pet peeve of mine. I believe that will only make your eye go to the ceiling.
Color consultant Jill Pilaroscia encourages people to view the ceiling as a fifth wall. “If you use a color on your ceiling, you can make a room feel taller, more intimate or more interesting,” she says. When you paint the ceiling the same color as the walls be sure to reduce or lighten the color by about one-half.
The most fun I have with clients when painting is when I suggest painting an accent wall a dark color. They always worry the wall will close in the room, but when you place furniture or a picture in front of the dark wall, it will recede, making the space appear bigger, dramatic and more interesting.
Paint will express you and your furnishing in a special way. It can be cozy, dramatic, or soothing. It will always make a statement. No matter what color you choose, the walls and rooms don’t care (or won’t react to) what color paint you use, you will! Remember, rooms have no feelings, you do!
This series was inspired by our current engagement with social media. Instagram and other platforms have connected us to people we like, people we’ve come to love, people we don’t truly know, and people we hope to know more intimately. Exploring this idea has revealed that we are perhaps all connected, and that there’s someone you know in these drawings, as well.
Danielle Kump is an artist, teacher + culinary madcap. She experiments with new formats for building community in the form of both solo and collaborative art projects in addition to facilitating a variety of culinary experiences. She lives online @danimadethis.
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Area rugs act as filters for dust and allergens and are actually good for your health. We all need to change our air filters from time to time in our home because they trap dirt and maintain the indoor air quality. Think of an area rug the same way. For optimum health, you need to replace your air filters in your home every 3 months or so. Luckily it’s not too expensive to have them replaced. On the other hand, replacing an area rug doesn’t come that cheap. Cleaning it is your best option and regular, thorough vacuuming and washing of your rugs is essential. Visit member Azadi Fine Rugs for a marvelous selection. MORE!
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Decorating for kids can be fun because they use their imagination freely and don’t worry about anything but pleasing themselves. They aren’t concerned about what colors go together, how it will look or what others may think of their choices. The cost doesn’t even enter into their thoughts. Imagination has no price attached to it. They just go into their fantasies and picture what outcome they want.
I love this approach to decorating. In the creative process of interior design, when you don’t put your focus on what can’t be done, the design becomes much more open ended and creative. There are no limits!
Once an unrestricted design has been created, you can determine how to bring it in on budget and then find the right people to execute the plan.
Kids love color – unlike older people, who are afraid to use it. Primarily it’s because adults are concerned they will make a mistake, whereas children don’t even consider that they could make a mistake by picking a color they like. Kids openly react to color. On the other hand, adults have grown unaware of the impact color has on them.
Before you begin decorating for your children, have a conversation with them and ask questions to determine how they feel about color. Then ask what specific colors have an effect on them when they are playing or studying. When kids can’t relate to what you mean regarding how colors make them feel, go to their closet and ask them to show you their favorite article of clothing. It might also be a garment they like to look at or one that makes them feel good when they wear it.
In general, kids most often chose primary colors. This may happen because they identify those colors with many of their toys and cartoon characters. There are five colors kids especially love and you can’t go wrong using any of them.
Red: Although red is not always the easiest color for everyone to live with, it is the color of fire trucks, sirens, little red wagons, balls, and sweet candy—all good things to a child.
Green: Since green is the symbol of nature, it is comfortable to be around. It’s the color of cartoon monsters, gooey slime in a jar, and now even ketchup.
Blue: The many shades of blue can be calming for children and pleasant for the adults, too. A beautiful variation of blue for children is to add some green to make turquoise which is a youthful touch for individuality.
Yellow: This color is considered pleasant and happy and sets a tone of sunshine and joy. It also has positive associations attached to it. Avoid the deep yellow that is like a school bus and stay with the hue that adds a delightful aura of warmth.
Purple: This is generally used by itself or joined with the other primary colors. It’s a fun and interesting choice because it shows signs of individuality and style. And of course it’s the color of Barney—enough said.
For those kids who might only like one color, you can decorate in what is called a monochromatic color scheme, using shades of red, green, blue, yellow or purple.
Children have the opportunity to express their creativity when they choose colors for their own rooms. This is how they can make a statement about themselves, their personality and their interests. Selecting colors for their rooms builds confidence and encourages their individual sense of style which allows them to decorate for themselves as they get older.
Children know that, rooms have no feelings, THEY do!
Thanks for all your questions and comments. If I use your question or comment in this column I will send you a free, autographed copy of my new book “The Bajaro Method: Rooms Have No Feelings, YOU Do!”
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Advice from the Premier professionals: At what height are wall sconces installed? Generally, wall sconces should be hung 72 inches from the floor. If the ceiling is very high, sconces can be hung higher for a dramatic effect or at the tops of pillars or beams to highlight the architectural element. If there are people taller than 6 feet in the house, the sconce should be hung high enough so the tallest person cannot look into it.
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You can change your room with small objects
When decorating a kitchen, a client and I created a small sitting area in her large eating area. We decided to use a chair with an ottoman, and to give the area a little oomph we used color to pull it all together. My client fell in love with the wonderful fabric we used to make a pillow for the chair.
Recently, I received a call from her saying that the pillow needed re-stuffing. While the pillow was being repaired, she called again and said, “I miss my pillow! The energy of the room has changed. Without the pillow, everything feels different.”
This is how small objects can change the feel of a room. Conversely, we also feel the shift when something new is added. This often happens when new furniture and accessories are installed in a client’s home. Since we become used to what we have around us, it’s a shock to our system when new objects are introduced.
Clients often say, “I’m not sure how I like this new look.” My response is always, “Wait, live with it and see how you feel in a few minutes, hours, or days.”
What are your favorite objects in your home? Which did you select because they caught your eye and you had to have them? What gives you a feeling of comfort every time you see it and you’d miss if it weren’t there? Is it a chair, a picture, or a piece of jewelry?
If it’s a picture, you can frame it. If it’s an old chair, it can be reupholstered. A scarf or a tie can be incorporated into the design of a pillow. A piece of jewelry, such as a pin, can be attached to a pillow and taken off when worn and reattached afterwards. No one else can pick these pieces for you.
Special objects create a feeling only you understand. The most fun in decorating is feeling that you have created something no one else has.
Living in a home that gives you a sense of taste and style empowers you to take this into all areas of your life—your wardrobe, choice of stationery, and flowers. The personal identity you’ve chosen for your home continually reinforces your sense of self. Celebrate who you are in all that you choose!
This is what “Rooms have no feelings – YOU do!” is all about.