The Color Of A Room And Your Mood

By now, you’ve heard me wax poetically about the magnificence of color, and the roles they play in our lives.  We simply cannot help but stop when we see a colorful exhibit, a bright billboard that catches the eye, or that perfect color for the walls in our dining room.  Colors shape our perceptions of the world in which we live.

While many of us don’t spend time obsessing over color (imagine that?), it is important to understand just how important colors are in our lives.  In fact, colors are directly attributed to our mood.  Room colors can influence how we feel and what we think.  Based on our gender, age, or ethnicity; the colors we tend to surround ourselves cause us to react in various ways.

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The color red is fiery, sinful, exciting, playful and invigorating.  While the color can evoke a passionate response, it may not be the most suitable color for a bedroom.  If you’re bedroom is supposed to be your sanctuary — a place for rest and relaxation.  Red may be a bit too busy for some in the bedroom, but moods may vary.

The color blue has a clean, crisp and calming quality to it and  may more suited to a bedroom or sitting room.  Blue tones and hues tend to evoke relaxation and earthy qualities that soothe.  See for yourself:

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I’d love to hear from you about this topic.  What are some ways colors affect your mood?  Which colors provoke the biggest changes in you?

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Proper Lighting Transforms The Mundane Into The Sublime

Setting the mood in your home is important for many different things, the most important being rest and relaxation.  Lighting  can also have a positive or negative effect on our mood.

The right kind of lighting can spark a mood of total relaxation and a deep, intense tranquility.  Here’s a look at a lighting system perfectly suited to a tranquil mood:

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The lighting systems and the individual spectral light combinations are operated with a gentle push of a button on a control panel on the rim of the bath so the desired effect can develop to its full potential in the course of a relaxed bath.

A wonderfully lite room has three light design elements – ambient lighting, task lighting and sparkle.

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This room is appealing, sets the mood for relaxation, and uses all three of these lighting features.  The recessed cans and the spot on the art give ambient light to the room; while barrel pendant over the chaise offers task lighting for reading.  And for the sparkle — notice the city lights reflecting on the window panes along with the midnight black pendants serving as bedside lamps.

Lighting and color play a central role in resetting the human mood.  Done properly, they can transplant you to a place of bliss.

Take Color Block Cues from Henri Matisse

I spent some down time doing one of the things I love to do most – attending a collection of wonderful artwork.  One of the best places to do this is at The High Museum of Art here in Atlanta.  At The High I enjoyed the wondrous works of Henri Matisse – my favorite artist in the High’s Picasso to Warhol exhibit.

Matisse’s use of color is phenomenal.  In fact, he was one of the first artists to experiment with painting with large blocks of color.  When you observe his paintings, notice how he is able to make two-dimensional objects appear  three dimensional with the use of Color Blocking.


Matisse believed that the experience of color is dependent upon how much you see.  Large amounts of saturated color enhances that experience.  This is true when creating interiors as well.  The use of brilliant colors helps transform any room into something extraordinary.  It’s a trend we are seeing in this season’s fall fashions and with interior design.

Check out these rooms that use Color Blocking in spectacular ways:

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Recognition For My Service To ASID

The recognition given me by ASID was an honor that I will always cherish.

When I moved to Atlanta, one of the first networking events I attended was with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Georgia Chapter.  I became involved as a volunteer and am quite fortunate to be a part of such a great organization.

ASID works tirelessly to promote that interior design is a service to people — helping improve lives and affect positive change in the community.  As professionals, we are committed and dedicated, driven by our love of design and thirst to educate and inspire.

I am proud of my association with ASID, and I’m humbled by what transpired last night as the ASID Georgia Chapter Annual Meeting held at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC).  The gathering kicked off a new year of programming and celebrated accomplishments of the previous year.  I also received a Georgia Chapter Service Award for Distinguished Service as Communications Director for the Georgia Chapter Board.  What a great honor and surprise to receive the recognition!

As the communications director, I managed chapter communications and served as editor of INDESIGN, the chapter’s magazine.  INDESIGN is a great resource for members and is one of the most widely read publications we produce.  INDESIGN issues can be found on the chapter’s website.  You also can read the articles I’ve written on the press page of my website.

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No Blues To Sing About With Chef George’s Savory Blue Cheese Pizza

Yesterday I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom Atlanta’s cooking demonstration with Chef George Laudin.  I was sort of singing the blues, because I wondered how I was going to enjoy lunch and get my list of tasks completed.  Well my blues went away when he whipped up this savory pizza with blue cheese, dried figs, caramelized onions and bacon bits!

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During the demo, Chef taught us about the advantages of cooking with Wolf products, from the convection ovens that allow you to bake cookies while roasting garlic simultaneously without any transfer of flavors — all thanks to the technological innovations that Wolf uses — to the grills and griddles.  It’s demos like this that help educate me about appliances, so I can better assist my clients make the proper selections to make their home culinary experience wonderful.  Here’s a look at the ovens in their magnificent showrooms:

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Now onto the take-away from this blog post:  Here’s Chef George’s recipe.  Try it.  You’ll love it!

Blue Cheese Pizza with Fig, Caramelized Onions and Bacon Bits

Purchase pizza dough at the grocery or make you own.

Mass the dough out on a floured cutting board.

Cook bacon cut into small bits.

Remove bacon from pan and reserve fat to caramelize the onions.

Cook onions until soft and caramelized.

Spread olive oil over massed out pizza dough.

Spread small amount of anchovy paste over dough.

Add pepper, thyme and oregano to taste.

Spread cooked onions liberally over dough followed by the diced dried figs.

Add mozzarella, romano or asiago cheese. Choose the cheese you like.

Sprinkle a smaller amount of blue cheese so that cheese doesn’t overpower the flavor of the pizza.

Sprinkle on bacon bits.

Slide on a pizza baking stone and bake (in your Wolf oven if you are fortunate to have one) on the Bake Stone Mode at 475-500 degrees for about 9-12 minutes.  Take a look at another delicious photo I managed to take before I devoured it.

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Bon appétit!

5 Questions To Consider When Choosing The Right Color For Your Kitchen

 

 

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If you want to love your kitchen, you need splashes of color.  Why?  Because colors add life, warmth and character, and make your home a home and a kitchen dazzle!

The goal of an interior designer is to give the clients the confidence to see what actually works best for their home.  This is why color is such an important component of design.  Surrounding yourself with colors that make you happy is the key to successful interior design–and clients who know what colors make them comfortable have already won the battle.

When thinking about what colors are best in a kitchen, I recommend colors like yellow, orange and red because they are active colors. They promote conversation and help increase the appetite.

Here are five great questions to consider when choosing the right color for your kitchen:

  1. Is there a color that you love that you would like to use in the kitchen?
  2. How will the color your considering enhance the finish of the cabinetry?
  3. Is there a color in the backspash tile or countertop material that could be used for the wall color?
  4. Will the color in the kitchen need to blend with adjoining rooms?
  5. How will the color add warmth and interest to the space so you and your guests will enjoy congregating in your fabulous kitchen?

These are all simple questions, and asking them will help you determine the final color for your kitchen.  You’ll eliminate unnecessary colors, and choose the one that pops most for your kitchen and your home.

 

 

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