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Design That Matters: Colorful Properties

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2020spaces

 

With the Holiday Season here, many shared positive memories will be created. This is the time for gift giving, family gatherings, and the décor needed to set the mood. The holiday season can ultimately transform and enrich the inner soul. You may ask yourself, “What holiday colors are widely used?,” most would say green, red, silver, gold, brown and white, depicted throughout Pine trees, the essence of candles, wreaths, ornaments and table settings.

Colors have long held deep meaning and have given significance to many historical events. Scientifically proven, rich vibrant colors have deep internal meanings. These very meanings are important in design and how individuals manifest themselves within their homes. While color can depict status and social class, it can also be associated with a religious reference, giving it a symbolic meaning. People from various walks of life value the meaning of color and continually maintain a serene environment through meditation and using color accordingly.

Toni Cuenca

Toni Cuenca

Red is a vibrant color used to induce strength, passion, love and will power.  Silver exudes victory, intuition, right brain activity, and neutrality. While green is associated with wealth, success, physical growth, and certainly reflects a plentiful harvest.  The color white is the most important color because it represents purity and cleansing properties.  Additionally, white promotes spiritual strength, protection, truth, and repels negativity. White is the balance of all colors and should be used frequently in your environment to create clean, elegant, dramatic statements.

During the holidays I encourage you begin to experience the powerful properties of the color white through the use of candles, linens, dishes and lighting.  This color will increase peace throughout your home and definitely create a new balance of serenity. White comes in various shades and not all are stark white. Take your time and choose the shade complimentary to your décor, whether antique white, ivory, cream or whites tinted with beige or yellow. White promotes spiritual and mental cleansing, while healing emotional chaos.

Holidays are an excellent time to experiment with candles, colors, and positive environmental enhancements. I entice you to perform your own experiments this season to see what type of moods you can create. First decide on what mood you are after and pick your candles and décor colors accordingly. Invite some friends and/or family over and become an unobtrusive observer in your own experiment. Color matters!

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Holiday Tip

Recycling should not just be a thought regarding plastic, glass and saving on electricity. Any way possible to reduce your environmental footprint is ideal. This season when you pull out your decorations use the old ornaments and garland to create your own wreath. A prepared circular structure can be purchased at many craft stores and the cost is minimal. Wrap your garland around it to create a foundation, and then attach the old ornaments to create your wreath. This is a practical craft project for the entire family all year round and also can be used for gift giving.

Design That Matters: Your Exterior = Your Interior

Kristen Pantich Interiors

Kristen Pantich Interiors

Dagny Fargestudio

Dagny Fargestudio

Designing for the senses incorporates aesthetics of nature, accentuation of meditative and stimulating elements in an effort to create lasting impressions. This requires the use of textures, colors that stimulate the senses, bringing the outdoors in, and the incorporation of scents.  As I design a space I use these elements to create rooms that have the ability to connect and enhance the client’s life experiences. Client’s taste evolves over time as trends come and go, thus a great designer must not only design and execute, but allow space for future growth. 

Fall is the prelude for change! As the wind shifts, leaves change color, and birds retreat to the south, this time of year makes me feel overjoyed. Watching these changes unfold brings excitement as the textures of the season are visibly illuminated by the light of the sun and crispness in the air. Balancing various combinations of textures such as reclaimed wood, metals, and the produce at a farmers market, indigenous wall hangings and handmade textiles. Fall provides numerous inspirations for an interior designer.     

The same aesthetics of nature can be brought inside your personal environment creating a sense of outdoors through the use of stone, wood and water features. Using these natural elements will assist in producing a meditative and stimulating environment. The Fall color palette will revitalize your environment, while allowing you to explore and add fresh colors inspired by the local farm. Wheat, pine cones, and gourds provide a neutral color palette. Pumpkins have a wide range of oranges from spicy to subdued, while corn provides a scope of yellows and browns. The color green is prevalent in various shades suitable for many environments.

Colors have meaning and should be used accordingly. Much research has gone into proving their healing properties and ability to relive stress. Yellows are a joyful color associated with sunlight and good luck. This color can be uplifting to the spirit while stimulating energy, flexibility, and positivity. Orange creates a warming effect, induces sociability, creativity, and humor.  Green brings nature inside and promotes balance, luck, and prosperity.  Never be afraid of color…it adds depth and character!

834 design

834 design

 

The use of color can be translated into the use of various scents to create a stimulating aroma promoting a warm, cozy, stress free, productive environment. Eucalyptus, a shade of green, smells excellent and keeps the nasal passage clear. Scented candles in vanilla or lavender will generate interest in your visitor’s nose. Fresh fruit, particularly oranges, and citrus infused aromatherapy oil provides visual and nasal stimulation. The combination will assist in creating the total environment one is aiming to achieve.

Engaging every sense will create and promote lifelong design mirroring the soul through splashes of color to enliven our visual sense; lush textures engage the sense of touch, while aromas excite our sense of smell. Interior design is more than a superficial concern. Your environment must reflect every aspect of you! 

Tip of the Month

Take a trip to the great outdoors, a hayride, pumpkin patch, walking trail, a beautiful lake, secluded cabin, a Caribbean island and take lots of pictures! Take the time to find 3 favorites…..from these 3 favorites narrow it down to one photo. Go shopping with your photo in hand and locate new accessories (art work, statues, foliage, vases, picture frames, pillows, throws, containers for storage, etc.) for your living room, bedroom or bathroom. I would love to see the final picture of choice and a picture of the accessories you purchased from your inspiration! Don’t forget to tag me on IG @azlewisdesigns.

Be inspired by nature….bring it inside!