Color and light is visual music that lifts the soul! Using layers of warm colors, shiny surfaces and plush textures, a dialogue between the past and present has been opened. A high gloss finish on the ceiling, trim and cabinetry reflects light in dazzling ways.
Horizontal borders of color at the top and bottom of a wall help a narrow room feel wider and more expansive. Eye-catching combinations are established through contrasting blends of bright and dark color, sleek lines and translucent surfaces. Neutral tones are enlivened with gold, coral and sapphire, resulting in a room that radiates confidence.
Call it the era of the dinner party revival! More people are staying home to cook and entertain, so the dining room is experiencing a welcome comeback. Spaces that activate the senses with a playful interaction of color, texture and pattern is one way to ensure your guests will keep coming back for more. Dark colors create an illusion of depth by making the edges of a room disappear, while brilliant pops of tropical color envelop this room in adventurous style.
As the hypnotic draw of technology lures the masses into an ever plugged-in existence, a need for analog experiences and environmental stimulation drives us to engage the senses of sight, sound, smell and touch in our homes. This new direction in design is raising the bar to create interiors that are appealing to a design-savvy, yet sensory-deprived society. Our 2016 Trends address the importance of color in constructing stimulating environments. You’ll see how you can use varying hues, intensity and lightness levels, patterns and textures to establish your own sensory-rich space. Though each theme uses a different style and color approach, the end result creates interiors with impact and dimensionality.
7 Striking Paint Colors for Your Powder Room Whether you opt for a little or a lot, see why the petite bathroom is the perfect place for a fun hue Jennifer Ott Houzz Contributor and Principal Designer at the San Francisco-based firm,…
Interested in adding dramatic color to your home but worried about going too far? Rather than dialing down the vibrancy of your favorite bold hue, think instead about using it strategically. An intense color on the wall of a living room or bedroom may be too much, but it can be a fun option for rooms we tend to pass through or spend less time in, such as the powder room.
1. Tomato Red Bold reds are an invigorating choice for wall color in a powder room. Whether you go for a pure red or a modern red-orange, it will provide a high-energy kick. It’s also a flattering shade to surround yourself with since it tends to give people a rosy glow. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Tomato reds work well with medium to dark wood tones and oil-rubbed bronze metal accents. Some crisp white lightens up the palette.
2. Spicy Orange Powder rooms are often cramped and have little wall space for artwork or other accessories. That’s why I love an eye-catching color on the wall, such as a hot orange. It can stand on its own as the only decorative element you need in such a tight space. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Bold oranges play nicely with warm whites or light grays and polished chrome or stainless steel metals.
3. Citrus Yellow If your bathroom lacks natural light, fake it with a dash of a vivacious yellow. The more neon it is, the less you’ll want to use, but it’s a terrific way to set an optimistic, cheery tone. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Citrus yellow hues need a good dose of pure white in the room to keep them from being overwhelming.
4. Acid Green If a window in the powder room brings in abundant natural light, you can get away with an almost-fluorescent green. Just make sure you also have good overhead lighting, so the room is well-lit after dark. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Acid greens look fantastic with crisp whites, light wood tones and matte metal finishes like brushed stainless steel or satin nickel.
5. Watery Blue One of my favorite colors for a bathroom is a watery blue because it gives a hit of color that’s still soothing. Look for a shade with a touch of gray if you prefer something darker. The gray tones down the blue for a relaxed vibe. Tradition Homes SaveEmail Here’s another turquoise-clad powder room that exudes a calm, cool and collected feeling. Because cool colors are thought to relieve stress, they’re great if you want your room to evoke a spa-like sanctuary. They also tend to visually recede, making a space seem more expansive than it is. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Watery blues get even beachier when paired with light sandy browns. Go modern with brushed stainless steel finishes or, for a more traditional or transitional look, choose oil-rubbed bronze accents.
6. Hot Pink Tough to pull off in large amounts, hot pink can be a striking accent in a powder room. Here, it mixes with black, white and shades of gray for a sophisticated look. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail A bit of hot pink goes a long way, so think of giving it a supporting role. If your room gets a lot of natural light, you can use this attention grabber in larger doses.
7. Inky Black Black isn’t so basic when it’s a wall color. And though it’s definitely not a neon hue, it’s still tricky to use indoors in large quantities because it can gobble up the light. So while an all-black living room may be ill-advised, it can be a stunning option in a powder room. It’s especially handsome with bronze or copper metals. You may have noticed that most paint companies offer different shades of black. If you view the swatches next to one another, you can pick up on the subtle undertones in each hue. Cooler blacks have a touch of blue or violet in them, and war
How to Paint an Accent Wall Want to bring a splash of color into your room, but afraid to take the plunge? Try an accent wall—it’ll add a focal point to the space without overwhelming the whole room. Here’s how to get started. By Sarah Yang
Generally, an accent wall is supposed to be the focal point of the room, so select the color wisely. “I tend to work with accent colors that are within the same color palette as the space,” says interior designer Abbe Fenimore. “That way, the space has depth, looks cohesive, and is tactfully layered. If a really bold color is used, it’s important to incorporate that color around the room using art, accessories, or a great rug.” For the finish, interior designer Sara Story suggests using choosing paint with a high sheen level (which means it’s shinier), to make the wall even more interesting.
2 Prep “To prep, make sure the surface is clean—that means removing cobwebs from corners, dust, and grease or smudges if it’s a kitchen wall,” says interior designer Timothy Brown. “Then, lightly sand the surface.” Go here for more painting prep tips.
3 Paint Even though it’s only one wall instead of four, painting an accent wall still takes some time and patience. “The number of coats depends on your desired saturation of color,” says Brown. “Generally, that means one to two coats if you want a light color, and two to four coats if you want a dark, rich color. The best technique is slow and steady, especially with darker paints.”
4 Or Take It to the Next Level If you like taking risks in design, paint isn’t the only way to create an accent wall. “Instead of using paint, choose a patterned wallpaper to add texture and vibrancy,” says interior designer Amanda Reynal. “Then, paint the other three walls in either a neutral tone or a color from the wallpaper. The room will be unified and alive, and the wallpaper will act as artwork.”
5 Think About Furniture Placement After the accent wall is finished, the next task is deciding how to incorporate your existing furniture and home accessories. “For a bedroom, I would recommend placing the bed in front of the accent wall,” says Story. “For a living room, I would recommend placing the sofa in front of the accent wall.” Reynal is a fan of creating an accent wall in the dining room. “It’s a place that’s often hard to create visual interest,” she says. “By styling the wall with a mirror, sconces, and a sideboard, it becomes part of the space and acts as a beautiful backdrop.”