Interior colors – grey – where and how

Interior colors – grey – where and how

Color is one of the most powerful design tools, as in a fraction of a second colors can speak volumes. Without saying a single word, they can instantly set a mood, convey an emotion, invoke a physiological reaction or inspire people to take action. 

In my series of Interior colors, in which I hope to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes, I talked already previously about orange, red and white.  You can check out part 1 here, 2 here and 3 here.

This time I have decided to take a closer look at the use in interiors of the sophisticated and elegant, but modern color GREY.

In the past GREY has been used almost exclusively in industrial environments, which are utilitarian and functional. However in the last two years grey has become the protagonist in many design areas. And we wont be shocked to find even all grey bridal dresses and wedding decor this year. Just the contrary, we are delighted with this fresh use of this “non-color”, which turned sophisticated and elegant. 

In Fengshui GREY invites helpfulness and represents a harmonious union of black and white.

It is also perceived as calming, sleek and neutral.

10 words that describe the color psychology of grey the best:

graceful + quiet + modern + glamorous + reliable + intelligent + calm neutral + solid + timeless

GREY is a neutral color, which can be either cold or warm, depending on the amount of blue or yellow added in it´s mixture.

If you want a room to be cosy and warm, just watch out to go for grey tones with slightly more yellow, this way you will help the room gain in warmth. Add bright warm color contrasts, such as yellow or orange.

If you want the room to be clean and modern go for those blueish grey tones and add hard black and white contrasts for a graphic look.

Despite the current dramatic color trend (read all about it in my previous post: “falls 7 most important interior trends “) I would always suggest to add to both warm and cold grey tones, some cream or white highlights, in order to brighten up the general mood of this color.

Check out the differences in this comparison.

All dark grey in dark grey – a fascinating dramatic picture, but having your home full of drama would get rather dense after a short while and energy draining.

Adding some white highlights in shape of furniture of pictures, frames etc. add enough positive energy to balance well with the matt dark greys.

Here the bright white dominates and the different grey tones of the painting, sofa and cushion add some sofistication to this clean space.

CREAMY GREY gives any room more depth than white would, but it still looks polished and modern.

As shown in a previous post (“30+ options to up date your kids room“) last year we up dated the bed room of our little girl with a beautiful creamy fog grey.

And as we fell so in love with this color tone we recently decided to paint our entire summer holiday apartment with it. It works just amazing with all the white furniture and white windows and doors. 

The velvety softness of this color combines so well with a romantic blush pink in combination with some slightly darker grey cushions, as here in our bedroom and here in some other fantastic examples.

In the kids bedrooms we combined the GREY with turquoise for a fresh, happy and contemporary look, adding of course also here some grey throw pillows. Check out also these other great ideas for this beautiful color combination.

And as recently I am a true fan of grey in it´s variation of tones I painted also my studio with a dark dramatic charcoal, however only one of the walls, while the others became bright white. As I said before, I personally defend the balanced use of dark and dramatic with white or cream highlights for a more positive energy! And to that I added black and white graphics in shape of patterns, photographs and of course my motivational quote prints, as well as touches of yellow or gold! 

(Unfortunately I don´t have still proper pictures of my studio, but I hope to be able to add soon more than this one above.)

As you can see, grey really can work in so many ways, shades and spaces, that it can virtually fit into any room of your home.

Find more inspiration and all original image links here in

And please remember all of My Home and Yours cushions come in a beautiful GREY, as well as in 8 other fantastic color shades, making sure you will find the right one for your home!

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interior colors – white – where and how

interior colors – white – where and how

Interior color – WHITE – where and how

Color is one of the most powerful design tools, as in a fraction of a second colors can speak volumes. Without saying a single word, they can instantly set a mood, convey an emotion, invoke a physiological reaction or inspire people to take action. 

In my series of Interior colors, in which I hope to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes, I talked already previously about orange and red. 

You can check out part 1 and 2 of this series: here and here.

This month white will be our color:

White often is not mentioned as a color as such, however just as any other color it provokes emotions and we react to it in a certain way.

10 words that describe the color psychology of white the best: 

bright + spotless + innocent + airy + lightweight + sterile + efficient + silent + pure + fresh  

White is a cold neutral color, it´s clean and pure and gives us the impression of space. Most of the time newly constructed homes are handed over all dipped into white paint, which obviously is cheaper, but also more neutral as it can easily adapt to almost any taste and allows you to set all ideas to cero. 

You like rustic, Mediterranean chic? White is a perfect base color, think of Ibiza and it´s rustic housing, always in white, combined with natural wood and earthenware.

You like modern Scandinavian decor? Well white and black are the essential colors for it, even the result goes into a totally different direction.

In any case, white cultivates clarity, positivity and honesty.

But what does all this mean in respect to the interiors of your home? 

You can use white in virtually any space of your home, …

… be it your BATHROOM

… be it your KITCHEN 

… be it your BEDROOM …

Also the quantity of white color you want to use depends entirely on you. Look inside of yourself and feel how YOU react to white with white or may be YOU prefer adding smaller or bigger white highlights to existing color palettes?

The beautiful thing about white is that is totally flexible and it always works. Surely this will also be the reason why most people choose white from my cushion collection as gifts – this way they cannot go wrong with the color and their message is what stands out! 

Have a look at the collection HERE 

Never the less, which colors work the best with white?

White walls and white furniture for a monochrome elegant summer look. 

… or white with subtle touches of sand and grey tones, …

 or for a more graphic look add contrasts and match it with black, …

… or combine white with any other bright color. It really is up to you!

Please remember, all of my Home and Yours cushions are available in 9 colors. And they could just as well wear your own words.

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Interior colors – red – where and how

Interior colors – red – where and how

Interior Colors – Red – where & how

This color series hopes to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes. 

At the beginning of this autumn winter season I mentioned in the post: “This seasons biggest interior trend & what you didn´t know about it”, that

“This seasons biggest interior design trend is all about color! Not only color accents, but full color as such. Color drives almost 90% of all decisions we make and influences us in how we feel, what we decide and do and finally also how we do it.”

With this in mind I believe it could be very interesting to know a bit more about each color. 

We spoke about Orange last month and this month we will give RED it´s turn.

Red is a warm color, full of passion and drama, it´s dynamic, energetic and powerful, stimulates appetite and draws in attention.

10 words that describe the color psychology of red the best:

love + passionate   energy + powerful    excitement + attention strength  +  courage   dramatic + dangerous

But what does all this mean in respect to the interiors of your home?

While bright red can heighten the senses, earthy red tones create warmth and comfort. 

So red could well be the perfect color for a dining area.

… or as a detail for the kitchen.

 

Use it as an accent on one wall, or on some objects …

… or through an art work which will turn this corner of the room into a focal point.

As a general rule, use red minimal, as on it´s own it can be over powering! However adding cool or neutral colors can balance this effect.

A bedroom is great in neutral and realxing colors, while red accents can add this little bit of spice and excitement for romance you might be looking for.

NOW WHICH COLORS WORK TOGETHER WITH red FROM THE INTERIOR HOME DECOR POINT OF VIEW?

 

Grey in all its shades, is a winner since a few seasons already and it keeps up strong. The combination of grey with red accents works particularly well!

Charcoal with beige, burgundy and bold bright red is a fantastic combination. It´s elegant, classy, yet contemporary!

Slightly away from trends and fashion, please keep the above in mind as an inspirational guide only and always tap into your own mind, spirit and needs. Feel there how you react to each color from the inside and go for what feels right for you!

And please remember, all of my Home and Yours cushions are available in 9 colors, one of them a beautiful bold red that can just as well wear your own words.

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So don´t wait for a last minute gift, but check out which styles are the ones for you!

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Interior Colors – Orange – where & how

Interior Colors – Orange – where & how

Interior Colors – Orange – where & how

Just as mentioned in last month post about this seasons big Interior Trend:

Color becomes the key! Not only color accents, but full color as such.”

And at least for me the most revealing message from this post:

“Color drives almost 90% of all decisions we make.”

We shouldn´t be surprised (I am never the less amazed about this huge percentage!), as sight is after all the strongest developed sense we can count on, so logically color is the first impact we perceive, evaluate and consequently react to.

Therefore color influences us in how we feel, what we decide and do and finally also how we do it.

With this in mind, I think it is just fair enough to get a bit more in depth about the effect and use of each color, starting today with part one of a the color series:

Interior colors – where & how

As we are just in the middle of autumn and pumpkins are all around us, ORANGE will be first color we´ll be talking about.

Orange is composed of both yellow and red and therefor incorporates the passion and energy of red with the happiness and joy of yellow.

10 words that describe the color psychology of orange the best:

playful + friendly + energetic

happy + positive + confident

optimistic + productive

cheerful + enthusiastic

It stimulates creative activity and pleasure, provokes excitement, while it also maintains a friendly appeal.

Orange works also great to show high energy and attract attention, while it does not over power.

But what does all this mean in respect to the interiors of your home?

Well Orange could be the perfect color for your entry way, as its warm hues will make your home feel welcoming and approachable, as well as friendly and happy.

 

It is also perfect in the kitchen, as it stimulates appetite, pleasure and innovation.

And as the kitchen most often is also the centre of family live, orange accents in this part of your home work especially well, as this color encourages also socialization and emotional expression, as well as enthusiasm.

Having said that, for any another other living space in your home, where you want to achieve positive comunication, orange is just the perfect color.

Now which colors work together with orange from the interior home decor point of view

White, light grey or cream give a good base for a space where you are planning to add orange, as it takes away slightly from the intensity of this color.

And by toning up the light grey or cream to a medium/darker grey or beige/brown respectively you will get a great color scheme that will work in most homes.

Of course there are many more daring or edgy ways to combine orange.

Two of them mentioned previously in my post about this seasons biggest design trend, where Missana combines orange with burgundy red, mint green and pine or orange with tan, burgundy and pale pink.

However slightly away from trends and fashion, please keep the above in mind as an inspirational guide only and always tap into your own mind, spirit and needs. Feel there how YOU react to each color from the inside and go for what feels right for you!

And please also remember, all of my Home and Yours cushions are available in 9 colors, one of them a beautiful warm orange that can just as well carry your own words.

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