Have you ever wondered why some people can start out with the same basic materials as another designer, yet still create rooms that are edgy and unique? The difference is the way they use the elements of design and color.
A Global Community
Society has finally come to grips with the fact that technology has made us a global society. Corporations are likely to have facilities around the world. E-Commerce is a normal part of our lives.
Why does this matter in designing our homes? Before it was logical to have distribution points internationally and associates that could easily travel, we could expect the people in our lives to be culturally similar. But, today your boss, friends, and neighbors are often from cultures that are much different than that of Western society. Therefore, in order to make our homes visitor-friendly, we should consider how elements are perceived by others.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the use of color. For example, in the United States, the use of red stirs feelings of excitement, passion, and (positive and negative) power. In some cases, it is used to show strong anger. However, in Asian cultures, red is the color used to express joy and happiness. It is believed to bring happiness and long life. It is often worn by brides to ensure a happy marriage. In the Middle-East red is used for danger and warning. Further, Latin America and Mexico use red with white as a representation of religion and faith.
Because the “meaning” of color varies from one country to another, it is the mental or emotional reaction that causes problems. For example, if a client from Mexico visits your home for a dinner party You will probably offer alcohol from your home bar. You may play lively and modern music that is meant to be entertaining. If your home bar is decorated in red and white, which represent his religion, he may feel you are insulting his faith.
Photo credit: Mariano Nocetti
Using color and structure to your advantage
Use neutral colors for your home. Eggshell, Ivory, and Vanilla are perfect for the living room. These colors make the room look bigger and give the room a warm, homey feeling. Add a splash of color with throw pillows, throws, vases, and rugs in a bright hue. Use the “times-three” rule. Use a larger item like the rug or throw to give you the effect you are looking for. The human eye immediately scans for the color elsewhere in the room. Use a striking pattern on canvas on the wall with your splash-color as a secondary color to the design.
Personal portraits are in big demand this year. The days of having your portrait painted on canvas with oils are back. Portrait paintings by Instapainting make this process painless. Send them a favorite photograph. Their professional artists will recreate the picture on canvas attached with keys to make placing the painting into a frame easy. If oil paintings are not in line with your style, opt to have watercolors for a casual but stunning portrait. You can also opt for pencil art or chalk art on heavy art-grade paper.
Your decision on the type of painting you want depends on the room. If your design is sharp, clean lines, go with oil paints. If your design is casual with lesser- defined patterns will compliment watercolors or chalk.
Use unique lighting to draw attention to the wall hangings.
Bedrooms that are inviting and plush are trending. Use thick comforters, pillows, of light colors. The sheets must be white and crisp. Pale blue or gray works well on walls. Deep plush rugs of faux fur are understated and chic.
Room decor should be limited. Stay away from the huge wooden bed frames, but dressers and bedside tables of cherry look great.
Kitchens and bathrooms are staying with the 2018 trend of clean, bright colors. Bring outside in with window box herb gardens and hanging plants. The home of 2019 is comfortable. Even small rooms feel cozy and open. Your family, friends, and business associates will feel welcomed and relaxed. That is what your home is all about. Using bright hues sparingly and selectively will give each room a professional look. The year has already begun, so get started soon and take advantage of these amazing trends.
In this post, we addressed some of those elements to explain the interior designs that are trending in 2019.