COLOR. I love talking color. I’ve discussed the topic many times, on panels and presentations regarding design psychology and also covered it on my radio series. Color can tell you a lot about a person, and, yes, black and white are colors. Color is one of the most powerful elements in design, as you can create moods and feelings through the colors you implement in a design project. Here’s a tip: Instead of asking your client what colors they like, ask them how they want to feel when they are in their bedroom, kitchen, bath and living room and you’ll know what colors to present your client. Here are some ways I’ve incorporated color in my recent design projects. And note, you can add color through a variety of items – wall color, furniture, accessories, textiles, bedding and much more to unify a space.
Pops of Color
In this ultra modern apartment in Las Vegas, NV I decided to add a pop of color by using this beautiful blue velvet sofa. It’s a statement piece and demands presence. A tip when adding pops of color in your home, don’t be afraid to use multiple vibrant colors in one room. Mixing colors and patterns is another way to create a flow of colors.
Adding Emotion with Color
You can also add emotion to a space by using color. A perfect example is this nursery I designed in California. By using pops of pink, I added a feminine and soft feeling to the room. The soft pink can also be calming, which is a quality that should be reflected in bedroom or living spaces.
Designing in California I’m drawn to neutral and natural tones which perfectly compliment a beach side home or oasis in the mountains. Neutral décor is anything but dull. You can go light by using beige, khaki and ivory or go dark by using chocolate browns and dark grays. Add some glamour by adding black and white accents. Below are some examples of how I incorporated neutral tones to my latest interior design projects.
White, White and More White
Lately, I have been using a lot of white in my interior designs. Nothing says glam like an all-white living space. But it’s important to add definition to a room by adding different textures and materials. Some great examples on how to execute this design concept are in the kitchen I designed for Maria Menounos and master bathroom I designed for the Christopher Kennedy Compound in Palm Springs, California. In both designs, I used my line of tile from Tilebar. To add texture to the master bath, I used Stacy Garcia velvet wallpaper and wall tile by Trendy Surfaces. Maria’s kitchen was completed with Sunpan Modern chairs and Cambria Quartz countertops.