{friday finds: michelle lamb talks about color & neutrals}

Last month we got some insight from color expert Michelle Lamb, Internationally recognized color-and-trend expert and Editorial Director of The Trend Curve™ in Eden Prairie, on what colors to look for in 2011. According to Michelle, neutrals are expected to make a comeback in a more colorful way, and chameleon neutrals will be making a big impact on design.

In these videos, Michelle talks more about the upcoming design trends to look for in 2011.

Chameleon Neutrals

Color Trends for 2011

{best colors for your bathroom}

You can spend hours choosing the right sink shape, faucet or mirror when decorating your bathroom. And then it’s time to talk color. Before choosing the color for your bathroom there are a few things to consider.

First, what’s your style? Is the bathroom a place where you quickly get ready for work in the morning and for bed at night? Or is it a sanctuary in your home – where you enjoy a long soak in the tub, relaxing after a busy day?

This spring we talked about House Beautiful’s discussions with designers about their favorite paint colors. The publication looked at different rooms and the colors that can best bring them to life.

Benjamin Moore Fresh Dew

Designers describe the pale wash of green of Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Dew as the “color of the sea,” and the perfect backdrop to a relaxing bath in a spa-like space.

House Beautiful: The Bathroom

Maybe you want your bathroom to be spotless and sparkle. Benjamin Moore’s Brilliant White will really make your fixtures pop. This is a white that isn’t too bright and isn’t too creamy. It’s a great, classic backdrop for any artwork you might have.

Your bathroom can also be a place to really experiment with color, since it may be a smaller room with some wall space taken up by tile. If you want to really kick things up, try Benjamin Moore’s California Blue or maybe even Tangerine Dream.

Benjamin Moore California Blue

California Blue is a rich, dark blue that’s reminiscent of the blue used in blueprints.

Benjamin Moore Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream is definitely not for the faint of heart but can really give you some major wow factor in a small space.

Why not go even bolder? Hirshfield’s Facebook friend Kelly posted that she transformed her 1/2 bath thanks to Benjamin Moore’s rich purple color called Aura Kalamata. Kelly says it’s so rich she thinks it also makes the bathroom look bigger.

This is a look at Aura Kalamata using Benjamin Moore’s personal color viewer. It’s a great tool to use to see how a color will look in your space.

Benjamin Moore Aura Kalamata

No matter which color you choose for your bathroom, remember that it doesn’t have be a utilitarian space. Using color, accessories and artwork, you can really create a space that fits your design personality. What do you think? Log on to our Facebook page and let us know what you thought about this post. We’ll choose one winner at random who will get two gallons of Benjamin Moore paint!

{friday finds: velvet}

It is classic and luxurious. Velvet is re-emerging as a popular selection for upholstery, bedding, accent pillows, and draperies. Has it ever gone out of style? I think not. For centuries, royalty could only afford the fabric and it wasn’t until the industrial revolution that the common folk could afford this glamorous and durable fabric. Cut, pile, tufted, silk or cotton, how do you like your velvet? Be inspired.

Hirshfield’s Design Studio is a great resource for velvets and they also offer a fabricated headboard program. Stop in and see the samples on display in the showroom.

If you’re interested, here is a link from Kravet Fabric on how the different variations of velvet are made.

Images: Thibaut Luxembourg Damask, Thibaut Tidewater Blue, Anthology magazine, Duralee ad, Lonny decorating, Thibaut Tidewater Brown velvet and Resource wallcovering, House to Home, Decorati Kravet Fabric, House of Turquoise, unknown, Velvet Gate Tuxedo, Kravet fabric.

{how lighting affects design}

Visual Comfort & Co.

You saw our post yesterday on the different types of lighting, now it is time to consider how those different types fit into your home’s design. According to Greg Yaghsezian of Hirshfield’s Design Resource, lighting sets the attitude for a room. You can have a beautifully designed room, but without the proper lighting you won’t be doing it justice.

First off, you need to make sure you have adequate lighting to properly use your space. A kitchen, for example, will require a good source of general lighting as well as task lighting, whereas a family room leaves you more room for accent and decorative lighting.

Secondly, you need to make sure your paint color and lighting play well together. The type of light under which color is viewed can make a huge difference in how we perceive the color. In this video, Pat Verlodt, president of Color Services & Associates, Inc., explains how light is possibly the single most independent factor that influences color in a room.

Consider the amount of natural light your space gets. Natural sunlight maintains a neutral balance between both the warm (yellow cast) and cool (blue cast) ends of the light spectrum, providing you with the truest rendition of color.

Visual Comfort & Co.

Artificial light also affects color. Under incandescent and halogen lights reds and yellows are enhanced, but under the cool cast of fluorescent lights blues and greens are brought out. For more information on how sunlight and artificial light affect color, click here.

Overall, lighting affects just about every aspect of a room’s design; from how you use it to how you view it. Greg recommends starting with lighting when you are building, remodeling or redecorating as it can pave the way for the rest of the design.

{types of lighting}

Lighting can set the mood, accent a room’s design or simply help you see your hand in front of your face. It is a necessary design element for any space, and new options in lighting are more trendy and eco-friendly than ever. But before you invest in lighting for your space, it is best to spend some time considering exactly what type of illumination you need.

Visual Comfort & Co.

There are four types of home lighting, each one serving a unique purpose. Depending on how you use a specific room, you may need just one, some or all of these types.

Visual Comfort & Co.

  • Ambient. Ambient lighting, also know as general light, fills the room with overall illumination. Ambient lighting gives off a comfortable level of brightness, enabling you to see and walk about safely. A basic form of lighting that replaces sunlight, ambient lighting is fundamental to a lighting plan.
  • Task. Task lighting provides lighting for a specific area and task. Lighting for reading, crafts, or writing are examples of task lighting.  Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright enough to prevent eyestrain.
  • Accent. Accent lighting accents a particular part of the room or object in the room. An example would be lighting accenting a painting or sculpture and is the most dramatic type of lighting. Accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting around it. This usually is provided by track, recessed, or wall-mounted fixtures.
  • Decorative. Decorative lighting is treated as a design element. For example, a dramatic wrought iron candle stand or small decorative lamp. It is not designed or intended to give out much light, but provides a decorative touch.

Visual Comfort & Co.

Stay tuned for a post on the different types of lighting options available!

{house of turquoise: birthday giveaway}

It’s a party! Erin is turning 30 next week and she is sharing some turquoise birthday love with her readers. She is tying in her other website, Decor By Color, as part of the giveaway. It is easy, easy to qualify and the winner will receive some very lovely gifts.

Happy Birthday, Erin!

{getting organized: closets}

Fall has arrived and that means it’s time to start putting away those summer clothes and pulling out jackets, sweaters and warm layers. Fall also means it’s time to organize my closets.

Take a look at how you’re using the space you have right now. Do you spend more time trying to find things in your closet instead of having things nicely laid out?  I read that the average person wears just 20% of their clothes 80% of the time, mostly because the mess in their closets hides their options.

The task to revamp your closets can be daunting – especially if you’re not using your closet space as well as you could be. Just one hanging rod won’t do it in most homes. You may need several rods, some shelves and maybe even some drawers to keep things clean, in good condition and organized.

The new Closet Essentials systems from Pinnacle Closets at Hirshfield’s offer an incredible number of options to help you keep your closets out of chaos. You can design and install a system yourself.  Or, put your needs into the hands of Hirshfield’s experts for the planning and execution of your new closets.

Pinnacle Closets

Pinnacle Closets feature 14” deep shelving and ¾” materials to give you incredible quality, strength and durability.

Pinnacle Closet Colors

They also come in five designer finishes so you can really customize the look to your style and home.

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