#PaintTipTuesday [014] The Meaning of Colors

Featuring our last #PaintTipTuesday of the month of March, we’ll leave our readers with a touch of purple — the color of royalty, luxury, wealth, and sophistication. Purple can also relate to romanance and as well as femininity.

Meaning: “Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.” –Freshome.com

Where to use it: As there are so many variations of purple (as there is of every color!), each shade can depict a different tone and mood. So choosing where what shade to paint where can be totally dependent on personality. A pop of the color purple can go well in any room. Those looking for a more bold statement should stick with deeper purples while those looking for a light and whimsicle feel can seek out a lighter shade of the color.

We’ve chosen some of our favorites, but click each photo to check out our entire album dedicated to purple on Pinterest.

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#PaintTipTuesday [013] The Meaning of Colors

We continue our “Meaning of Colors” theme with #PaintTipTuesday this week. After looking at greens and dreaming of the lush lawns and the full trees we’ll see in just a few months time (we hope!), we decided to keep with the spirit of Summer and take a look at yellows.

Meaning: “Yellow is almost always associated with happiness, laughter and good times. A person surrounded by yellow feels optimistic because the brain actually releases more serotonin when around this colour. Yellow manages to be both rich and delicate – a quality that allows it to be used in many spaces. Some shades of yellow are associated with the promise of better times.” –LifeStyle.com.au

Where to use it:  It’s best to use a softer or darker tone of yellow in the bedroom as it will lift spirits, while also emitting a restful feeling over the room. It must be used sparingly and in the right places as to not be overwhelming. Avoid the bright mustard yellows in the bedroom.

“It is a wonderful color for the kitchen, dining room, and living room because it is very uplifting and sociable. If used in the bedroom, make sure it is an earthy or pale yellow.” – Feng-shui-and-beyond.com

Some of our favorite looks with yellow aren’t only in the bedroom. We see more bold tones of yellow throughout the house in order to give that extra pop of color (and happiness!) — have fun with it and remember yellow doesn’t always mean “mustard” tones. Be creative and play with varying tones in one room.

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Visit our Color Trend: Yellow Pinterest for more yellow inspiration! 

#PaintTipTuesday [012] The Meaning of Colors

Ever wonder why you’re drawn to a specific color? And maybe why some colors in certain rooms work better than others? Over the next few weeks we’re going to delve into the meaning of colors and where they can be best placed in your home.

This week: Green ~ light, bright, dark, and everything in between!

The color green is considered a restful color for the eye. It’s a beautiful combination of the fresh feeling of blue and happy yellow to bring a perfect harmony in one color. Green encourages relaxing (relieving you from your stressful days), comfort and togetherness. It’s perfect for any room in the house.

They also say that green lovers are people who exude positive energy and have a “make it happen” philosophy in life! We like to hear that.

Check out some of our favorite GREEN photo inspiration below and follow at our Color Trend: Green board on Pinterest!

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A Vision Nobody Else Can See!

Do you feel like you don’t have enough space in your home anymore? Do you feel like you have to move? Pay a bigger mortage?

It really won’t have to come down to that. We promise.

Let Nina from A Beautiful Room work her magic and help you see what she can see. It’s a simple raising of a ceiling or taking down a wall and adding smart and stylish storage to help give you the space you need . . . and deserve. Nina believe that one her strong sides as a designer is being able to see things that home owners can’t quite envision without her help:  “I can look at something and create a whole new look by just tweaking it a bit.”

Her latest project shows us just that — take an old, stuffed closet; a useless wall; and a tiny mudroom. Can you even believe the results?

“With three young daughters it was important to give the family the space they needed,” shared Nina. “I took down the wall where the closet was to open up the space, lifted the ceiling — there was an unused crawlspace upstairs — and added the mudroom shelving and cubbies for the girls.”

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New tile was installed on the floors by G&N Flooring
Color: Mesa Verde Tan by Benjamin Moore via Exeter Paint Stores
Lighting Chandelier & Four Recessed Lights in Ceiling by West Elm
Contractor, Carpentry, and Painting by Olde School Renovations, LLC — Alan Gay, highly recommened.

#PaintTipTuesday [011]

As much as we love the snow, it’s hard not to dream of a warm summer day, the breeze gently passing at the right moment, as you lounge on your favorite terrace with a cold drink in your hand.

This week, #PaintTipTuesday brings you some favorite photos from our Social Media Marketing Manager’s (Sagan!) Terrace board on her Pinterest Page. If you’re looking for ideas to give your terrace (or patio or back deck) a fresh look – adding a color-pop with paint or fabrics is easy as 1-2-3. Some of our favorites include turquoise, deep yellow, and soft blues along with many, many plants!

If you’re a city dweller it’s nice to surround your outdoor space with plants in order to give you a breath of fresh air in your concrete jungle. If you’re lucky to have your own backyard or garden, well, lucky you. Keep in mind that your outdoor space can be your sanctuary and your favorite ”room” in the house with just a few tweeks here and there.

Happy creating!

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How can you tell when one color is too much? 

If you want to get creative and add a lot of color to your room, making it the main focus – it works wonders to choose another color as a bold contrast. You can choose either way to focus the room using white walls and a splash of color, or painting your walls a bold, bright color and adding a more subtle color to break up the room.

Color choice can vary depending on room size, windows, and light fixtures. If you’re searching to make the space feel cozy or more spacious also makes a difference in what paint or fabric color may be best to add that pop.

If you’re unsure about what way to add color to your home is the best, call Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room Interiors for your personal design constultation: +1-603-770-1535

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