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Singing the Blues

It was interesting to learn the history of the color but more importantly the symbolism and psychological effects it has on people when they see this particular hue. What do you think of or feel like when you see the color blue?  Blue has been shown to be a color of loyalty and fidelity, it’s the color of water and air therefore it leads consumers to clean and fresh    Blue is also associated with calmness and sadness.  This idea not only correlates with interiors but it’s recognized in our everyday products.  Think about water bottle labels or some of the popular banking branch logos.  Most of them have the color blue- this is going back to the idea that blue represent loyalty, faithfulness, and cleanliness.  Forty percent of people in the world’s favorite color is said to be blue.  Who knew Blue was so interesting.

Repainting Your Bedroom? Try These Color Schemes

If winter blues get you down, why not brighten up your bedroom space with a new color scheme? It’s an enjoyable project and the results will make you grateful to snuggle in and catch up on your reading or DVR lineup.

coral bedroom

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Peppy. If you’re a beach lounger at heart, I recommend a coral and aqua blue motif. It is cheerful and bright, and is reminiscent of a tropical environment where blues and corals abound. You can also use these colors to add a floral motif to your room.

Sky blue bedroom

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Classic Blue. While blue is a classic bedroom color, I can help you keep it modern with the right accents. I like how this room layers different shades of blue and then uses bright splashes of yellow for visual interest and a contemporary effect. Modern furnishings complete the look.

natural brown bedroom

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Natural. If you prefer more natural and earthy colors, then sage greens and dark browns are the way to go. Using art, bedding, and window coverings that integrate the right greens, browns, and whites with splashes of cinnamon or cherry wood finishes, you can layer prints and colors for an elegant finish.

Give me a call so we can choose your new bedroom color scheme. 888-624-1272

 

 

 

Nursery Schemes to Suit Any Taste

It’s difficult to choose a favorite interior design project, but I would have to say that few have as much joy and love poured into them as decorating and painting a nursery. There are so many angles you can take, from magical to mellow, from gender-specific to completely neutral.

The following are beautiful nursery designs I thought you could use for inspiration.

Neutral Nursery

Classic. Your new bundle of joy will appreciate a peaceful environment, but it’s the parents and caregivers who spend the most time in the nursery. A classic nursery, using straightforward colors and patterns provides an attractive interior without being too baby-fied.

 

black and white nursery

Black-and-White. Studies have shown that babies are most visually stimulated by the contrast of black and white, and basic geometric patterns. A nursery that uses black and white will be appreciated by both adults and the baby, and the accent colors can be changed over time.

 

blue nursery

Colorful. If you know the gender of the baby, you can go traditionally blue or pink, with gender-appropriate accents. Similarly, you can use a range of colors to make a fun space the child will enjoy growing up in.

Please feel free to contact us at Susan Currie Design for assistance designing your nursery.

 

Color Inspiration for Making Your Bedroom Pop

If the thought of impending winter blues is already getting you down, you may be interested in a little bedroom color inspiration.

I wanted to share three ideas for bedroom color from Houzz.com to get you motivated.

  • Poppy Red + Mink Grey. Poppy Red works well with shades of grey and you can also throw in the occasional saffron accent too. This color combination is sophisticated but also has a fun and cheerful ambiance.
  • Blush Pink + Yellow. This feminine bedroom would be a desirable place to sip tea, relax with a book, or catch up on movies while ensconced in a fluffy down comforter. The blush pink walls are colorful without being bright and the yellow accents are cheerful. The black elements make it modern and prevent it from seeming girlish.
  • Coral Orange + Aqua Blue. The combination of coral orange and aqua blue can take your bedroom in several directions, from floral to artsy to seaside. A neutral backdrop is the key.
And remember, never be afraid to layer colors and patterns. Use this fall to update your bedroom with a new, colorful
palette and you’ll have your own spot of color to retreat to when the perpetual greys of winter settle in.  If you are
looking for more helpful decorating tips, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

 

 

 

How Do Colors Affect Behavior? Choosing Paint for Kids’ Rooms

When you begin searching for color inspiration for your child’s room, it can be a daunting challenge. With a nearly unlimited palette, I personally find it intimidating to choose the perfect color to make the room feel just right. Fortunately, a little color psychology can help you the way it has helped me.

childrens room
Source: AMDG Architects via Houzz

High Energy

The warm colors include reds, yellows, oranges and even yellow-green, and their effect tends to be one of high energy. When I painted a room bright orange, it became overwhelming and I had to tone it down to avoid having it be too energetic. For a child’s room, a subdued orange or yellow is sociable without acting like a constant sugar high.

childrens room
Source: Crisp Architects via Houzz

Relaxation and Focus

Blue, purple and green are cool colors, and they are great for relaxing and unwinding. Even a child needs low-key moments, and blue is great for toning down the space. When I painted a room green, I noticed immediately that it became a more neutral place for reading and creativity. Accented with warm colors, cool colors can work wonders.

For the ultimate in color inspiration, contact us and see how much our expertise can enliven and enrich your child’s room.

Colorful Sinks Make a Big Impact

bathroom design
Source: Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech via Houzz

Whether large or small, subtle changes in your bathroom’s decor can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of this small, yet essential room in your home. For a fresh innovative spin on bathroom decor, without a complete overhaul, consider a colorful sink.

bathroom design
Source: Brookstone Builders via Houzz
  • Colorful sinks masks undesirable areas.  Instead of a white counter top that shows every speck of dust, small scratches and grout, a colorful sink masks imperfections.
  • Add a personal touch to your bathroom by using a custom color. As with paint, a sink can be constructed to match a unique color palette that you’ve created for your bathroom decor. The sinks are particularly attractive for kids rooms and for all styles of decor.
  • Durability is an important feature of colorful sinks since they are made from hardy natural resources, and not synthetic materials as most cookie cutter sinks installed in traditional homes.
bathroom design
Source: Reaume Construction & Design via Houzz

Best of all colorful sinks are available in a variety of cuts and designs. Regardless of your sink’s shape and whether it’s dual or single, it’s possible to install a colorful sink in your home’s bathrooms.

For more interior design ideas that are personalized to your home’s needs, contact me at 888-624-1272.

Five Tips for Working With Color Consultants

Susan Currie

Source: Susan Currie

As a color consultant, I have found that when I am contacted by people about their plans for décor color choices they are often filled with fantastic ideas, but unsure of the steps to implement their bold desires. And that is where the fun begins!

color palette

Source: Susan Currie

Keep these five tips in mind:

  1. We will be working closely with one another to develop the color palette that matches your dreams. First we will start by discovering what colors appeal to your tastes and what you want to avoid.
  2. It helps if you have items to show me, such as a rug, a tapestry or even your own color swatches that you have been considering. Don’t be shy.
  3. Be open to suggestions. This is where many people get hung up.
  4. We want it to be right, so we may have to paint your walls with samples of the colors we are considering. Prepare yourself for the samples.
  5. The process is a collaboration, so let your ideas fly. Include furniture, paneling, trim and other accents that will make a difference in your decisions.
color palette

Source; Susan Currie

I want our goal to be finding you the color inspiration that will create the home of your dreams. Let’s talk.

Pantone Color Fashion Report for 2014

Pantone is already thinking ahead with the introduction of their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014 and these colors are spectacular! Released during New York Fashion Week, it made quite the splash; and included ten separate colors for both women and men along with wonderful designer sketches.

 

Colors 2014

Source: Pantone’s Official Website

The ten top colors of women for Spring 2014 are:

  • Placid Blue
  • Violet Blue
  • Paloma
  • Hemlock
  • Sand
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Radiant Orchard
  • Cayenne
  • Freesia
  • Celosia Orange

And for men several of the colors overlap from the women’s list while three where solely selected for their masculine shading. The three are:

  • Magenta Purple
  • Purple Haze
  • Comfrey

The beauty is each shading has a complementing pairing, one bold and one pastel and several neutrals that work as the perfect backdrop for the remaining selections. In fact, Pantone Color Institute executive director, Leatrice Eisman noted, “This season consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium.”  And these color trends definitely give fashionistas plenty to work with when it comes to experimenting with new color combinations.

Would you like assistance in incorporating some of these new exciting shades into your life? Contact us online or give us a call at Susan Currie Design today at 888-624-1272.

High Point Market 2013!

High Point Market

Source: High Point Market

For over a century, the High Point Market has been drawing the best and the brightest in the home furnishings industry. Along the way, it has grown into the largest furnishings shows in the world. Last year, a record 80,000 industry professionals – and quite a few dedicated amateurs – from almost every country in the world visited the show. This year promises even more.

High Point Market

Source: High Point Market

The Market is spread out over 10 million square feet in 180 buildings. Over 2,000 exhibitors will be there showcasing tens of thousands of new product designs. The event takes place October 19 – 24, Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp. Despite the fun, this really is a business opportunity for anyone in the industry. First-timers should checkout check out one of the free orientation seminars. It’s well worth the time.

With all this excitement, you know we’ll be there. We hope to see you too.

For more information about this exciting interior design event, please contact us at Susan Currie Design. Susan and her team can be found online at SusanCurrieDesign.com or reached directly at 504-237-6112.

Vivid Colors Take Center Stage at Maison & Objet 2013

Maison & Objet, Europe’s largest design exhibition, wrapped up in September and it seems that color is once again a major trend. Bright primary colors can be difficult to work with so I thought I would share some great ideas on how you can incorporate these bright color trends into your home design subtly or with bold abandon.

Bright Color Trends for the upcoming Season

Collection by Moustache

Mixing wood and color is a wonderful way to keep vivid colors from overpowering your interior. You can choose to paint a chair or a shelf or two, for a more subtle effect. Or, you can opt to paint large sections of a piece, leaving a couple of natural sides or borders to break up the monotony of a single color.

You are going to see in increase of bright colors in the world of home accessories and fashion. Jonathan Adler’s line of home accessories are always fun and playful.

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Jonathan Adler Collection at Maison et Objet

Infuse your home with energy by incorporating these bright colors. If you are stuck on how to blend color with your current decor, give me a call at Susan Currie Design at 504.237.6112.