CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This winter has been a trying time for all of us. The usual suspects were out in full force; dreary days, frigid temps and lots of snow. In all of my years as a designer, I cannot remember a time when my focus was more directed inward.
With all of the gray outside, there is no better time to liven up your home with color. And for a quick mood boost, just look at some of these names: Chartreuse! Goldenrod! Cerulean! With today's open floor plans, one of the easiest and least expensive ways to achieve this harmony is through the use of color.
Color has always been important to me. I read often how many designers, who are surrounded by color in their professional life, opt for completely neutral personal spaces. I can admire their restraint. I have many neutral rooms that I have helped to create -- but I personally need color in my life to make me happy.
My favorite color since the third grade is chartreuse. Even when it wasn't the color of the hour, it was always my color! I cannot conceal the joy it gives me to walk through my front door and see it on a pillow, a lamp or a fabric. Your favorite color can tell a story throughout your home, a pleasant refrain that carries you room to room.
Upon returning from recent market visits, one thing is very apparent: Color is back.
Warmer, brighter days are just around the corner, and there is a palpable shift in the way people are seeing their homes.
But even with the move toward fresh and new, many people find it difficult to pull their vision together without a little help. You may like the idea of a color, but where to begin?
Paint is a good choice. It is relatively inexpensive, and if you make a mistake you can change with a paintbrush.
Ceilings can be a perfect place for a surprise burst of color. The accompanying photograph shows a hot-pink ceiling in a traditional kitchen.
As the client commented, "When I thought of a pink kitchen, I immediately thought four walls would be too much. The ceiling was so unexpected and so right."
The dining room in this home continues the color story. The home, an English Tudor, is traditional in its architecture, but with the use of color it is anything but expected.
The walls are neutral, but the homeowner's favorite color appears in fabrics in the dining room chairs and draperies. The bench under the window has an assortment of pillows in varying prints but with the common color theme of pink. Accessories, art and even the interior of the lampshade are blooming with color.