Unusual Color Pairings That Work Well Together | Part Two

Color by themselves can have powerful impacts on how they influence a room. When you start to pair them together, they can enhance the aesthetics of an atmosphere. Learning different pairs can be beneficial in finding the perfect color combination you want in your own home. With limitless possibilities, you can create some fantastic combinations or some not-so-pretty nightmares. We put together some unusual color pairings that still look great to help you succeed in your design. Let’s take a look!

Charcoal and Orange

Pairing any dark neutral with orange can be challenging. You walk a fine line of creative design and festive Halloween décor. When done right, this combination can make a powerful statement. With charcoal having a mature, sophisticated look and orange feeling a little more wild and whimsical, this color combination finds a perfect balance. Try using orange as your accent color to allow it contrast hard against the charcoal influence. It allows everywhere orange is placed to feel like focal points rather than an overwhelming color combo.

Canary Yellow and Violet

With a strong warm tone and a powerful cool tone in the mix, this combination can feel creative yet mysterious. Yellow can psychologically influence imagination and fun while violet has a spiritual and introspective feel. Both colors encourage creativity and intuitive thinking, making these contrasting color quite complimentary.

Red and Blue

With the king of primary warm tones and the strength of a primary cool tone, red and blue are extremely opposing colors. They can both contrast very well with one another, allowing each one’s strengths to shine. Blue can internally influence a conservative, calm, tranquil environment. On the other hand, red ignites passion, attention, and stimulates excitement in a room. These two can harmonize well and bring a warm or cool toned atmosphere back to neutral when paired evenly.

Pairing colors can seem quite challenging at first. You need to decide not only on the color pairs but how much each one influences the room. You can put ninety percent red in a room and ten percent blue while reversing the percentages can create a completely different atmosphere. Decide how you want your colors to affect your environment and treat them accordingly. For more unusual color pairings, be sure check out more of our series.

Unusual Color Pairings That Work Well Together | Part One

Colors can help create an atmosphere to fit the style you want. Typically, rooms are styled with neutral tones or monochromic themes; however, if you dare to be bold, you can design your environment with vibrant colors to make a statement. Different colors can have a psychological influence on your space. Learning how to pair contrasting colors with psychological benefits can be great for sprucing up your home’s design. To help you gain a better understanding, we put together five unusual color pairings that actually work well together. Here are some fun pairs to get your own wheels turning on your next design project:

Green and Mango

This combination is great for livening up your space’s design. The green reflects well on nature and gives your home a sense of security and balance, while the orange can add a splash of optimism and adventure. Green and mango is a fun combination that is inspired by tropical fruits to liven up any design. It can give your home an expressive, stimulating feel that encapsulates a citrusy, fun atmosphere.

Teal and Coral

This barrier reef inspired theme works perfectly in beach homes and city homes alike. These two very contrasting colors complement each other phenomenally while amplifying each other’s’ strengths. Teal will create a calm, clean atmosphere and can encourage inner healing, while coral symbolizes life restored with harmony. Coral, being the Color of the Year (2019), is an excellent addition. It can add a sense of buoyancy and fun energy into the room. This color combination is great to create an energetic atmosphere that can also have a strong sense of serenity.

Slate and Pink

With slate being a masculine spin on a neutral tone, pink is great for balancing out the room. Slate demonstrates feelings of professionalism and is very sophisticated. It is psychologically referred to as modern and associated with wisdom. When paired with pink, it can really allow this blushed color to shine. Pink can feel nurturing and romantic. It will give your atmosphere a sense of affection. This is a great combination that is not always considered for masculine areas but can work in this unusual pairing.

Exploring different color combinations in interior design can open up new ideas for you. Try to think outside the box. Contrasting colors can let each one demonstrate their own strengths while some colors can work together to create a unique feel. Check out the rest of our series to see more fun color combinations to consider in your own home.

How to Create a Mood Board While Designing

Designing a room has many elements that can play crucial roles in how we perceive it. From flooring to wall color choices down to the décor, everything used in your space will contribute to the overall design. When creating your space, you want to make sure you know what will complement each other and help unify the room. Some objects look great in the store or online but do not completely go with the theme when you get home. Finding combinations that work well together can be challenging; however, creating a mood board can allow you to do just that before the investments.

Physical Mood Board

With a physical mood board, you will physically obtain materials, paint swabs, and textures that you want to add to your space. For décor or larger items, simply print off images of the items. You can get a corkboard and pin all your ideas to it. For most textiles, stores will be able to provide you will samples. You should be able to get sample cabinet woods, carpets, laminates, and clothes to add to your board. A physical mood board is excellent for allowing you to visually see how different fabrics and textures work with one another. You will be able to notice shading in your own home’s light, feel the depth, and physically feel the materials. However, physical mood boards can take a little more time. This is great for people who are meticulous with everything they want to put in their design.

Digital Mood Board

Another common option is a digital mood board. This can be simply created by taking pictures on your phone and building a collection or a gallery. You can also use an app like Pinterest to gather your interest or influences. Digital mood boards can allow you to look through thousands of options quickly. Save and create different moods and create different galleries. For your end project, create a final mood board which takes your favorite influences from different categories.

Your final project should clearly influence or portray a mood. Colors, textures, patterns, and décor can all create different influences on an environment. Try to find elements that complement each other and work well with one another. Mood boards can save you time and money, so you know exactly what you want before investing the money.

How to Maintain and Clean Your Countertops

If you are anything like us, once you invest in your countertops, you want to get the most out of them. Your countertops’ longevity is directly correlated with your maintenance and upkeep. Since not all countertops are created equal, no “one” remedy handles everything, but knowing how to clean each type of countertop will help you get the most out of your investment. To help, we explored different countertops and various remedies to help you keep them clean and lasting as long as possible. Let’s take a look!

Laminate

Laminate is a great, affordable countertop solution used in many homes today. The surface is nonporous which makes it easy to clean. It will not need to be sealed or refinished like some countertops. A simple way to clean laminate is with a homogenous blend of water and vinegar. You can use this to get the shine to come back. To remove dirt, simply wipe with a rag to remove debris.

Granite

Granite is a durable, gorgeous countertop option. If you have granite, cleaning it is essential. Try to avoid glass cleaners regularly because this can dull the shine in the counter. You should consider having your countertop sealed annually. Depending on the countertops’ use, you may need to have frequent sealings. Granite is a natural element, and it can be stained. Try to remove spills immediately to prevent penetration into the countertop.

Quartz

Like granite, quartz countertops are very durable; however, they are more flexible. This is an added benefit making the surfaces hard to chip or crack. Because quartz is non-porous, you do not have to seal them. Quartz is a very low-maintenance countertop solution, and it should be noted that direct sunlight can cause discoloring. If you have the opportunity to block UV rays with blinds or shades, remember to do so.

Butcher Block

Butcher block countertops are coming back into the market for their natural aesthetic appeal. Butcher block is typically oiled. To clean, remove dirt from your countertops. Pick a food-safe oil but avoid walnut and culinary oils because these can oxidize and build of the surface. If you have a coating on your surface, this should be sanded off before application. Apply a mineral oil and allow it to absorb. You can then add a conditioner as well to prevent cracking to the wood.

All countertops have pros and cons, but you should be able to decide which is best for you and your lifestyle. Remember to consider the maintenance requirements to sustain your countertops for longer. For more tips and tricks, make sure to subscribe.

Art Nouveau Versus Art Deco: What is the Difference?

This image features the well-known “Art Deco” interior design style

Many interior design names are used interchangeably; however, they can have very different key features. Art Deco and Art Nouveau are both popular designs used today. Besides both having the word “Art” in the name, these designs are far from similar. They are still both sophisticated looks, but both have entirely different approaches. We explored both of these designs to see their similarities and differences. Knowing their key attributes can help you easily distinguish one from another and even use them in your own home or business décor.

Art Nouveau

This design style was created in Europe at the end of the 19th century as a response to many radical designs used in that century. Many designers wanted to create a new world design that had never been created. It is easily recognized by its dramatic curvature in the architect. It feels almost phantasmagorical and unearthly in a sense. Art Nouveau took an extreme in being completely opposite to Art Deco. Where Art Deco would incorporate hard lines and geometrical patterns, Art Nouveau would use the opportunity to use more whimsical and unorthodox curves. The French helped with the movement by emphasizing a more sophisticated look into the design. This style is luxurious but strays from any hard cut or sleek lines, finding more value in curves and asymmetry.

Art Deco

Art Deco is still a very ornate design; however, it is influenced more by geometrical patterns. It will involve hard lines and shapes yet avoid complexity. This design is still a very lavish look which embraces rich décor and visual drama. While also feeling a tad futuristic, Art Deco will use metallics trims to add a visual “pop” to the room. Art Deco is heavily rooted in the 1920s and 1930s and has a daring contemporary feel. Many retro attributes and visible luxuries help add depth and attention to the design. Large, daring décor has made a trademark in this extravagant styling.

Both these stylings can be recognized by their attempt for a contemporary influence on a more antique styling. Architecture, textiles, and simple décor can help embrace these diverse looks in your home. For more insight on design comparisons, make sure to subscribe. Thanks for reading!

How to Capture “Zen” in Your Design

Zen is more than the feeling tranquility and peacefulness. Today, we often find that chaos is the “norm.” Our hectic lives demand more from us than ever. The traditional work weeks have been growing longer and our personal time slowly dwindles away to mere nothingness, and we tend to get caught up indulging in the illusory aspects of the world but fail to enjoy the moment. Creating a relaxing environment in your home is one thing. Zen is wisdom that the cosmos is a harmonious system.

Minimalism

Let’s be honest; clutter equals chaos; therefore, you should eliminate what you do not need. It may seem like stressful at first but eliminating clutter and letting go of attachments will be revitalizing. An open space will feel refreshing without the heavy burden of clutter weighing down the room. Additionally, you will want to stick to a neutral color space. Colors can have psychological influences on the environment, and a neutral space will keep the mind from wandering.

Natural Elements

To achieve Zen, you will want to add natural elements to your room. Running water can be used to help alleviate stress. Water has a mesmerizing effect; perhaps, you would like to try having a fountain or even a fish tank with running water in your room. You can also use essential oils in a diffuser to give your space a peaceful scent like eucalyptus or lavender. Bamboo plants, rocks, and hardwood floors can all be influential on your space. Plus, you can even incorporate some of the elements of Feng Shui. Even natural light can help calm the room. All of these natural elements can be utilized to create Zen.

Spot to Reflect

Whether you choose to meditate, pray, or just unwind sometime during your day, your room should offer a spot to reflect. Self-reflection and time of solitude can help you gather your thoughts. You can have time to eliminate the stresses of the world and focus on yourself. You may want a chair, yoga mat, or stool in the room–just remember that this spot is essential to achieving proper Zen.

What are the properties of Zen most essential to your life? Acquiring true peace is more than having a tranquil environment. True Zen is a lifestyle; not getting worked up about the little things and the pursuit for knowledge. Do not end your journey of peace by just adding a couple of things to your room. Remember to reflect, unwind, and absorb knowledge daily.

What is Hygge?

Have you heard of the term hygge (pronunciation: hoo-gah)? It is a Danish word that does not translate well to English, but the concept is very intriguing to design. Dictionary.com defines hygge as “a Danish cultural concept and value of warm, happy coziness and togetherness, which people make time for in everyday life.” In essence, it is a lifestyle and the pursuit of coziness and comfort throughout life. When this is put into a design, it takes on an incredible feeling that floods your atmosphere. With hygge, you are not concerned solely on aesthetics or functionality of the room, but more the “feeling” the atmosphere provides. Still confused? Let us explore a little deeper into how hygge can be used in your own home:

Warmth

Hygge is affiliated with warmth. We often associate warmth with fireplaces, warm foods, and even cozy blankets. While these all help with captivating hygge, they are not solely what creates the warmth. Think of the words “warmth” and “inviting” as interchangeable concepts. Have you ever went to a friends house and the hospitality is so incredible that you feel at home? This is a warm feeling we feel when we are there; a moment of happiness we experience. Warmth is the beginning of the experience, yet so much more is in this lifestyle than just the materialistic matters.

Comfort

Think to yourself, have you ever been happy to be home? Perhaps, you are just cozied up in a blanket, watching television, drinking your favorite cup of tea? Maybe, this can better help you understand hygge. That feeling of “home” and comfort is hygge. Things in your environment can all have influences on how you feel: cozy blankets, comfortable couches, soft rugs, warm slippers, and your favorite robe. However, it is not the investment in these products that create the environment. It is your actual outlook on the surrounding. It is developing this style of happiness with the little things in life. Enjoying the simple delights, and the wonders that the world has to offer. Maybe you feel most comfortable in an old pair of pajamas–this may have no value to someone else, but to you, these old linens provide the feeling of hygge.

Experience

You cannot buy hygge–this is what makes developing this kind of environment unique. It is about the experience the room has to offer. Hygge is a lifestyle! Hygge is an unforced comfort. You need to make your experience feel welcoming and inviting. It can simply be through a fireplace, blankets, teas, or just plain old hospitality that creates this atmosphere. You may already have an idea of what creates warmth and coziness in your home. Apply these characteristics to help create hygge.

Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands are reported to be some of the happiest countries in the world from a study released in 2019. Perhaps, this found happiness is through the lifestyle choice of hygge. Find happiness in the little things. Time with your friends and family, relaxation, and comfort in your own home. Today stresses force us to comply and live a hectic lifestyle. We challenge you, enjoy the little things. Enjoy hygge.

What Does Your Design Style Say About You? | Part Four

In this series, we have looked at several different design themes found in homes. Every design has attributes that make it unique and different. Perhaps, you had gone to a restaurant before and loved their design. What did you like about it? What did it insinuate about the place you ate? The theme is part of the experience, and likewise, your home’s theme is part of how your home is interpreted. Knowing what designs are directed towards can help you make a more accurate decision on what style is best to use in your own design.

Art Deco

If you are trying to make a statement, art deco is a “go hard or go home” design. It is a highly glamorous yet functional outlook on modern design. It has been incorporated in fashion, cars, and interior design of homes. Geometrical shapes, metallic finishes, bold colors, are all important in this design since it is a dramatic atmosphere. If you love Art Deco, you desire to make a statement. You are not a traditionalist, and your wardrobe shows it. You love to express your creativity in design while staying grounded with modern trends. You are not afraid to dye your hair a bold color, have unique colored contacts, drive an unusual car color, or anything spontaneous. You know what looks good, even if others are not bold enough to express it.

Industrial

Industrial Design is a beautiful mix of architect and design. Warehouses and old factories influence it, and you find it to be a bit unusual. If you love Industrial Design, you respect the architecture and incorporate in your loft or home. Exposed ceiling beams, concrete floors, and brick walls are not incomplete; in fact, they enhance your home. You look deeper than the surface. You know how to create beauty on a budget and do it well, but also know when and where is best to invest.

Traditional

Sticking to the roots of design; Traditional is a classic look, and nothing is over the top or makes it extravagant. This calm, collective atmosphere is made to be predictable, mature, and simple. It looks great and does not need anything extra to complete a room. It is always a safe choice and can appeal to the masses, making it great for resale. If you like Traditional Design, you get along with everyone and respect your home. This is great for people wanting an orderly and clean house.

That is a wrap on our series! Did you find which design style suits you? We would love to hear your thoughts and answers below in the comment section.

What Does Your Design Theme Say About You? | Part Three

Your design can be used to express you. Every aspect and element in your home has the opportunity to contribute to representing yourself. Different design styles have unique attributes which characterize your environment. Learning which design style has the most impactful meaning to you can help you choose the right style for your household. To help, we explored some of the most common design stylings in homes today and took a look at what they have to offer. Let’s take a look!

Modern

You find that open layouts and crisp lines are perfect in your home. You enjoy a clean and crisp atmosphere. Sharp furniture lines and sleek décor help perfect your rooms. You care about how you look and take pride in your clothing. Your car, office space, and life are organized everywhere. Like minimalism, your house is welcoming to others because you keep it immaculate year-round.

European

European style can be a mix of Mediterranean, Tuscan, French, Italian, or Spanish Design. You enjoy the art and effort made in these designs. Your home is a reflection of the many beauties these designs have to offer. You are a professional trend-spotter while your home has effortless sophistication in every room. Your clothing and home stylings are tactfully pristine with refreshing, unique character and design.

Shabby Chic

Your home is a soft, elegant wonderland. Shabby Chic is an eclectic style implementing antique and distressed furniture while allowing pastel colors to liven up the room, and floral designs add a feminine accent throughout your atmosphere. You enjoy gently worn and distressed furniture. The harmony between elegance and distressed furnishings can create something truly unique and beautiful. You respect vintage and love a pretty home. A lot of thought went into your design, and you do not mind showcasing it.

If you missed Part One or Part Two of the series, be sure to click on their corresponding names to view all of the various design styles and their meanings. Also, be sure to check back next week, where we will feature Part Four. Thanks for reading!

What Does Your Design Theme Say About You? | Part Two

There are many design themes used today throughout commercial and residential spaces. Colors, styles, and stylistic elements all play a crucial rule in design. We explored the most common design themes and develop this series on what design can say about a homeowner. Knowing why the design was chosen can help you better understand which is most suitable for you. Let’s take a look at Part Two of the series!

Contemporary

Someone, who loves Contemporary Design is always asking, “What are the latest trends?” Contemporary Design is composed of the latest trends and styles in the design industry. It is great for people always wanting to be ever-changing like the world. You know all the latest gossip, news, what is hot, and what is not. You are ahead of the rest and always have the newest gear. Trending floors, wallpapers, patterns, and technology all are welcome in your household. You embrace change because you have a passion for exploring. “New” never intimidates you but is welcomed by you. In fact, it is sought after by you.

Minimalist

Less is more. Minimalistic Design is built off simplicity being elegant and stylish and does not need heavy décor. Everything that is in sight was carefully considered. No one item was there by accident. It is not only a style, but it has become a lifestyle. You know where everything is in your home. You are very proactive in keeping your home immaculate. You take pride in your home and enjoy showing it to others. You do not store or duplicate anything. You would rather have no décor than one meaningless piece.

Bohemian

Rebel against the norm. Bohemian style is considered unconventional and influenced by free-spirits. This unorthodox style may be offbeat to others but makes sense to you. You enjoy life and nature. Your home is highly influenced by music and art. You consider your décor part of a spiritual pursuit, and you are one with your home. You are open minded to new things and do not to focus on materialism. Social status means nothing when you have discovered your own sense of happiness.

Which design style best represents you? Do you mix two or more style to create your own? Exploring different styles and seeing what you like will help you improve your home. Check out more of our design series to see what your design says about you.