How to Use a Color Wheel for Decorating

Interior designing is a tough job. If you don’t have the innate ability to combine colors together so the end result will come out exceptionally beautiful, then it’s probably best to hire a decorating service elsewhere. But thanks to Issac Newton’s virtuoso; this amazing tool he created way back 1666 is now commonly used today to help with color mixtures that’ll surely bring back memories or just simply – soothe you.

Introducing the ingenious color wheel: A useful circular tool that comprises of 12 basic colors and creates a variant of unique colors when combined. But the question is, why is it shaped like a wheel? Why not rectangular? Or triangular? Or octagonal? Well, the theory, according to artists, is that an exceptional mishmash of colors is created when you rely on precise proportions hence, a perfect circle.

What are the Basic Colors of a Color Wheel?

Like what we learned in school there are three basic colors and they are red, yellow, and blue. These are called the primary colors. Do you want to know an amazing fact? You can mix all the colors in the world but you’re still never going to be able to get these three precise colors out of that mixture! But what’s more amazing though is that when these colors are mixed; you get green, orange, and purple which are called the secondary colors. For instance, orange is by mixing red and yellow, green is from blending yellow and blue, and purple is the by-product of red and blue. The last one is tertiary colors which are produced when infusing the primary and secondary colors. This is where it gets more intense like blending blue and green results in teal (my favorite), or amber after mixing yellow and orange; the possibilities are endless!

How to Choose a Color for Decorating?

Apparently, there is a 60-30-10 rule in color combination. It should have a dominant color of about 60 percent, another secondary tone of 30 percent, and lastly, 10 percent should be a contrasting touch. But to do this, you can depend on warm and cool colors which the color wheel is divided into.

Warm colors are when you combine orange, red, yellow, and other synonymous colors. These colors resonate brightness like the sun. These colors are perfect for making huge rooms have a somewhat comforting feel.

Cool colors, on the other hand, represent the sky and the ocean, and tend to draw your perception of depth back ergo, they’re great for making smaller rooms seem bigger.

What are the Other Color Schemes?

If you want to take your designing to the next level, you can take a look at these four kinds of color schemes that will help you in choosing the perfect combination.

A monochromatic color scheme is straight up choosing one hue and extending using its varying shades. An analogous color scheme is mixing two or three colors that are sitting beside each other on the wheel. Next is the complementary color scheme which is picked if they’re facing opposite each other. Finally, the triadic color scheme is a mélange of three colors that are equally distributed on the wheel.

Author Bio: Evelyn Paulson, a blogger by passion, loves to write about home renovation and remodelling. She is currently working for wallbedsbywilding.com, which offers an array of finest quality handcrafted wall beds and innovative space-saving products.

Painting Used Furniture

If you think of painted furniture as a scraped-up old chair you pick up at the flea market to put in the laundry room, think again. Painting used furniture has many benefits. It is great if you want to update your home on a budget, while keeping it stylish and is the most eco-friendly way to do so. It also allows you to get creative and add your own personality to your home. Consider it a work of art. Did you ever think of painted furniture as art? You don’t need to be especially artistically gifted to successfully create a conversation starter as well as a true work of art.

painting furniture 1Before you get started, take a mental survey of what it is that you want.

What piece of furniture do I want? Where is it going and what will it be used for?

Once you know what piece it is your painting, start thinking about the style of the piece.

What look are you going for?  If you don’t have an idea of the look you’re trying to achieve, then look on the internet for inspiration. Pinterest.com is an awesome site for ideas of all kind and will show you different styles of old furniture and what they look like painted.

Now that you have an idea of the style of the piece you are looking for, you can begin your furniture hunt.painting furniture 2

Start your search on Craigslist. Many people do not see the need for their grandmother’s 1940’s highboy dresser and are selling it for next to nothing. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Flea markets are also a good source but the prices can run a bit high.  Here at Furniture Works, we have a large selection of affordable used wood pieces, such as dressers, nightstands, and hutches. All of which can be repainted to look like a one of a kind designer piece.

The next step is choosing the colors and the design.

Choose a base color; buy some acrylic paint in a can and a good brush. Get a set of small bottles of acrylic paint in several colors at a crafts store and an inexpensive set of little brushes. Paint your furniture item. Acrylic dries quickly, so you’re ready to move on in half an hour.

painting furniture 3Use any colors you fancy. Bright, primary colors are favorites with kids. For your teen daughter, various pastel shades may be just the ticket. If you’ve chosen a dark green as your base color, a burnt orange can provide a nice contrast.

When you’re doing this type of painted furniture project, you can ad lib, painting an appealing shape wherever it pleases you. Maybe you’ll then outline that shape in a contrasting color. Painted furniture can be a kind of pop-art creation. Perhaps you want to paint a vine that drapes gracefully across the chair seat or runs across the table like a runner. How about stripes on the rungs of the chair? Anything goes. A geometric pattern can look very attractive, a la Mondrian.  If you are not so good with painting freehand, then create or download an attractive stencil. You can also find painted rollers with patterns on them at hardware stores.

There are some other tricks of the painted furniture trade you’ll want to explore while creating your work of art. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and layered over another color, a bit like batik. A swath of light blue crossing over a purple area creates a new shade and added dimension. There are clear acrylic gels which you can use to dilute the color while retaining the same body of the full strength paint.  You can also create a cottage chic look by sanding the corners and edges lightly after the paint has dried. Experiment and have fun.painting furniture 4

When you’ve completed this first project, consider the possibilities.  Remember that practice makes perfect so plan ahead and practice your designs and experiment with colors on a piece of paper beforehand. This will ensure that you are satisfied with the piece and will encourage you to keep going. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look like the pictures. Your piece is unique and it is a one of a kind created by you!

A painted furniture project is one you can put away and pick right back up when it’s convenient to your schedule. I can almost guarantee you’ll be eager to come back and work some more, because it’s a therapeutic and satisfying activity. Be forewarned that painted furniture projects can be addicting (at least, that’s what they say, I prefer the natural wood look), just for the pleasure of creating a little work of art.

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The Color Wheel

Except for political extremists, most of us don’t live in a black and white world.  But, given more than a rainbow of hues to choose from, how can we pick compatible colors for our home?  That’s what we’re talking about today.

Contemporary color theory was developed by the Swiss artist and designer Johannes Itten while he was teaching at the School of Applied Arts in Weimar, Germany.  In his seminal book, The Art of Color, he wrote, “Color is life, for a world without color seems dead. As a flame produces light, light produces color. As intonation lends color to the spoken word, color lends spiritually realized sound to form.”   Itten took the primary (red, yellow, blue) and secondary (green, yellow and orange) colors and laid them out by how we feel about the colors as a way to find harmony. The image included in this post is a great example.

Colors in harmony create a sense of balance and order.  The idea is to reject either an extreme where everything is so bland as to not even be noticed, or the extreme where everything is competing with each other so if feels like noise.

It’s really pretty simple to do.  There’s at least six ways to use the color wheel, but we’re only going to talk about five of them. Hey, this column has a 600 word limit.

The first is monochromatic.  These color schemes use variations in the hue and saturation of a single color (pale green, light green, green, dark green for example).  Usually, one of these will predominate. Think of the variegation in a plant leaf.  There may be cream colors, deep blue-greens and light greens, but the colors are all next to each other on the color wheel and usually there’s more of one than the others.  This scheme is easy to manage but it lacks the vibrancy of combining different colors.  If you like to keep it simple, a better choice is…

Analogous color schemes using several colors which are next to each other on the color wheel.  For instance, yellow, brown and orange are analogous colors.  Usually, one color will predominate in the scheme and the other used as accents.  It is as easy to manage as the monochromatic scheme but looks a little richer.  It still lacks some of the excitement of contrasting colors, so you may want…

Complementary colors, which are two colors that lie opposite each other on the wheel.  For instance, green and red.  I’m sure you’ve noticed how striking a red flower on a green plant can look.  Think of roses.  Basically, you’re contrasting cool and warm colors and you can desaturate, or lighten, your cool colors to make the warm colors stand out.  For instance, a bright red with a pale green will be more pleasing than a pale red with a bright green.  You can balance three different colors by laying a triangle over the color wheel.  Of course, there’s a name for this, it’s …

Triadic colors, which can bring lots of different color into a room.  Three colors won’t have the contrast of two and it’s usually a good idea to lighten one or more of these three to prevent the room from looking too gaudy.  My favorite, however is…

A split complementary color scheme that picks one color from one side of the wheel and two colors lying next to each other on the other side.  As an example, reds with blue and teal or orange and blue and violet.  It’s usually best to choose one warm color and two cooler colors.  The advantage to this type of scheme is that it combines the idea of contrast and analogous colors into a single set.

You can find more information online at http://www.colormatters.com or stop by my store and we’ll play around with different combinations.

10 Ways to Make Wood Paneling Modern

If you are like most people, you associate wood paneling with a dated, 70s look that has no room in a modern design. However, wood paneling has not seen its last days just yet. By incorporating a couple of changes into the design concept, wood panels can actually breathe the new depth and intriguing texture into any room. So, forget the overwhelming wall-to-wall-to-ceiling panels of the past, and take a look at a fresh and modern approach to wood paneling. You just might get inspired to incorporate it into your own home.

1. Whitewash

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One of the simplest ways with which you can immediately impact old wood paneling is by whitewashing it. If you know how to whitewash wood, you can turn your dated panels into a mesh of whites and blanche natural colors. Because of its mild tones, it gives your wood panel a vintage look, and is ideal for living rooms and bedrooms.

2. Turn It Sideways

Since most wood panels are placed vertically, place them horizontally to add a second dimension to your wall. With this, the panels take up less surface area. Used like this, and in combination with a basic plaster wall, wood panels give your walls an interesting dual-texture design.panelling 2

3. Paint It Over

Nothing is more distasteful than a wooden paneled ceiling in a bedroom. If you have it in your bathroom – and hate it – paint it over with a color that matches the color scheme of the entire room. Used in combination with quality bedroom lighting, the panels add subtle change in texture, making the entire room pop.

panelling 34. Polish to Perfection

Instead of painting it over, use a matte wood-polish to finish off your wood panels. Suggested by the professionals over at Koenig, it tones down the natural color of the wood. This is a great solution for kitchens, since it makes cleaning of the panels much easier.

5. Add Modern Furniture

Another ample way you can make your old wood panels look modern and new, is by introducing contemporary furniture. The pieces of furniture will serve as centerpieces, with the panel being a subtle backdrop, giving the room a cozy atmosphere.panelling 4

6. Accessorize

Just like modern furniture, you can use modern home accessories to move the focus away from the panels. Place modern paintings or posters on the panel in your living room, or a collection of vinyls in your study. Alternatively, use lighting tips for the bedroom when placing a night stand, bookshelf, or mirror, to help you modernize the space where you sleep.

panelling 57. Panel Strips

Modern kitchens are usually dominated by steel and concrete, so leaving long strips of wood panel can be a surprising move. However, selectively leaving wood panels in unexpected areas of the room softens the cold effect of steel and concrete. Combine it with ample light sources, and your kitchen will have both a homey feel and a modern design.

8. A Wooden Bathroom

Probably the only place where you would want to place wood-paneling is in your bathroom. In combination with the best modern bathtub design, the wood will bring a spa-like feel to the room. Not only that, but it will add a layer of texture, and bring harmony to a once pale white bathroom.

9. Open-Concept

Even though open-concept design homes have no walls, most of them use panels to separate the rooms. Using wood panels for this purpose is both modern and practical. It adds a dose of seclusion to each room, and an air of coziness you cannot achieve with glass-based panels.

10. 3D Panels

Finally, the most modern approach to wood panels is the 3D concept. It uses square-shaped pieces of wood panels, placed at various depth, to create a multi-dimensional wall. Beside the modern design, the plus side of this use of wooden panels is the space you get within the interlocking pieces that make up the wall.

Ultimately, wooden panels can provide your design with richness in texture, softer tones and contrast. Together with all the various contemporary application you’ve seen, you will definitely never associate wooden panels with something old ever again. You might be even tempted to introduce them into your home!

Home Sweet Home: Organizing a Beautiful Housewarming Party

People have always considered moving into a new home a decisive moment in their lives, which calls for a special celebration. And since the beginning of these fetes, it was up to the host to decorate the space to make it inviting, warm and pleasant, so that it can perfectly show the new house’s best features. Besides the décor, the host has to keep in mind the menu, the refreshments and, of course, the entertainment. All of this might sound overwhelming, but hey, it has been done for centuries, so it can be that difficult.

Invite the Guests

guests1 First you will have to decide about the size of the party. The number of the guests should fit the space you have on disposal, so that some guests wouldn’t be neglected outside, while others are having the time of their life in the living room. Once you have determined the number of the guests, you can make invitations. Go eco-friendly on them and reuse things like paint chips, playing cards, or even photographs. You can also opt for an entirely paperless alternative and use your phone, e-mail or Facebook to invite your friends.

Start Outside

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A home should be welcoming all the way from the front yard to the guest room in the back of the house. This can be especially useful if you are throwing a summer housewarming party, and you can even move to the backyard later. Since most of the guests will be in your home for the first time, you can surprise them by leading them with cute DIY signs (“Our brand new home”, “Where our heart is”, etc.). Continue directing them inside to the kitchen, bathroom, and patio. A welcoming entrance garland will set the tone for the rest of the party.

Decorate Subtly

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Decorating a house for the housewarming party is very easy, since you don’t have to use many decorative elements. Just imagine that this is a movie, where your house has the leading role, while party décor is just a minor character or an extra – it should be visible only to enhance, and not outshine the star of the show. A clean home is the best décor by itself, but you can also include some fresh flowers, candles, garlands, guest book or a thumbprint catalog, and paper lanterns.

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Bites and Sips

You don’t have to opt for a formal dinner, especially if you will have many guests that can’t even sit around your dining table. Simple snacks and drinks can be your best choice, and they can save you money, effort and work, since the guests can help themselves. Foods in the size of a single bite are the most practical, while fruity drinks with lots of ice will amaze your guests. If you are throwing a summer party, remember that how cool a drink/snack is will determine how fresh and appealing it is. If your fridge is too small for this amount of beverages and foods, or if you will spend most of your time outdoors, try to find cool room rental at an affordable price, so that your reputation as a host doesn’t become undermined.

Now, Have Fun

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Music is an essential spice in every party. Make sure you make a playlist everyone will enjoy in (try to create a gradual transition from pleasant ballads to dancing songs). You can also create some fun games for kids (if someone is bringing kids) and for adults too. Some of the games that can truly entertain the guests are Pictionary, mime, quizzes, “Who am I?” (put stickers with names on each person’s forehead and asking yes-and-no questions about that mysterious person), or you can just ditch the whole thing and go chase Pokemons around your new neighborhood.

All you have to do now is to put a smile on your face and be an amiable host – that makes half of the guests’ impressions about your party.