Color Associations

Color affects our moods, whether it is in our living and working environment or in the clothing we wear.  We feel energized and uplifted by some colors, calmed and quieted by others. The intensity of a color as well as its tint or shade can also affects its influence.

For example, while orange is very energizing, peach is more soothing. Below are colors and some of their associations:

  • Red -Stimulates the appetite, raises blood pressure, attracts attention, creates excitement and takes control. It is forceful, bold, extreme, aggressive, impulsive, energetic. Red suggests physical strength, rejuvenation, self-confidence, love, passion, sensuousness, danger, courage, vitality. It is tfirst color the eye sees upon awakening.
  • Orange -Is friendly, cheerful, happy, associated with thirst and refreshment, an energy color, associated with movement. It creates a sense of order and equality without power and control. Orange is an antidepressant, conferring respiratory & intestinal health. It is bold, decreases hostility and irritability, with a social, gregarious, active, jovial, fickle, and extroverted side.
  • Yellow -Stimulates memory, mental clarity, with uplifting feelings of optimism, warmth, cheerfulness, wisdom, and brightness. It aids digestion, scirculation, but signals frustration, caution. Yellow is the most difficult colofor the eye to process and see.
  • Green -Confers a sense of relaxation and comfort, represents health and prosperity, and refreshes the spirit. It is the most well-liked color and the easiest color for the eye to see. It suggests balance, harmony, replenishment, heart health, growth, birth, envy, inexperience, wealth, refreshment, compassion, rejuvenation, balance, moderation, concentration, security.
  •  Blue -Is non-threatening, and is a symbol of trust and longevity. It is refreshing, soothing, calm, dependable, anti-inflammatory, an insomnia and headache relief. It slows metabolism, lowers blood pressure, decreases heartburn and indigestion, and is associated with travel and leisure, authority and strength. Blue is the most popular color in the U.S.
  • Purple – Contains elements of surprise and magic. It is philosophical, and represents royalty. It suggests romance, imagination, passion. It  suppresses appetite, and fosters love, wisdom, reverence, inspiration, spirituality, an enlightened feeling, and quietness. Purple eases the mind and overactive glands, conveying elegance and artistic creativity.
  • Black -Suggests sophistication, elegance, dignity, power, worldliness, aloofness, intimidation, and mystery.
  • White -Indicates purity, innocence, cleanliness, youth, naiveté.
  • Gray -Lacks assertiveness, but suggests intelligence, guarded behavior, a sense of discipline.
  • Brown -Conveys warmth and comfort, solidarity, positive food associations (from the orange family), and evokes less intense behavioral responses.

Bathroom Design Trends

A Room with a View.  Homeowners are looking for an indoor/outdoor connection in every room in their home, and the bathroom is no exception.  Natural light lends a livable homey feel, and the sun that enters the room warms the skin, the tile, the water and the air. Flow of Space.  Many of Today’s most desired bathrooms boast little distinction between where the floor ends, and where everything else begins.  The continuation of tile from floor to walls, shower, and tub lend a free flow feel, while gentle color palettes provide a spa-like ambiance. Minimalist Chic.  When it comes to bathrooms, modern and minimal is replacing over-crowded and over-decorated. Slight curves, straight lines, and symmetry create a clean refined look.  Understated faucets and fixtures lend simplicity.  Neutral materials and earth tones are subtle and soothing.  This type of space is conducive to finding peace and serenity and transcends into a timeless look. Private Chambers.  In the past, bathrooms consisted of a combination tub/shower, toilet and vanity with sink.  However, today’s baths function as a space for relaxation and retreat, and in this environment, a separate toilet compartment takes away “rough edges” and adds beauty (and privacy) to a luxurious room.  A closed off toilet chamber also allows for more comfortable sharing of bathroom space.

Text Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens magazine; Photos of Wiese Company Projects

Counters Have Come a Long Way

Mom may have had a laminate top, likely trimmed in chrome. Today, your choices are much more varied, and consumers are installing new, creative looks.

The first company to take solid surfaces by storm was DuPont, with Corian.  Since losing its patent, the price of Corian has come down and is currently priced approximately in line with granite. While you cannot cut on acrylics or place a hot pot on the countertop, it is still the only surface that offers a true seamless look.

Granite is still king. Nothing can replicate what nature makes unique in every slab, and granite is still the most widely used kitchen counter in the Wellesley area. Granite is a great choice for kitchens because you can cut on it without a cutting board, and it will not melt if you place a hot pan atop it.  It even expedites the cooling of a pie removed fresh from the oven.

Quartz products have arrived. With all the benefits of granite, quartz products are also non-porous, offer consistency in color, and will not blemish if installed with a “honed” or “matte” finish. The major brands are Silestone, Zodiaq, and CaesarStone. The cost is slightly higher than for granite but may be worth using if the color and style fit your design.

Specialty Rooms Add Value

Today’s family knows rooms customized to their lifestyle make sense. That’s where specialty rooms come in. Consider adding one to your home to make the most of your family time.

Wine Cellars- A room dedicated to your wine collection can be both an entertaining spot and a practical storage space. Make the most of the room by incorporating beautiful cabinetry and a small place to sit and taste your collection.

Media Rooms- With a large video display and powerful sound system, the media room is ideal for watching movies. A multitasking space, the room is perfect for video gaming, entertaining, and surfing the Internet too. With family-friendly furniture,  the room is styled more like a traditional family room than a home theater.

Laundry Rooms- The ultimate utilitarian space, laundry rooms are getting appealing makeovers. Moving out of basements into convenient spaces, with countertops that match the kitchen, laundry rooms are adding comfortable work surfaces for folding and ironing. Hardwood or tile flooring and crown molding also add appeal.

Garage Spaces- Remodeling trends indicate larger garages are a necessity for today’s family. Garage organization is flourishing with storage systems and efficient use of space. Make space to store the kids’ big toys, cars, tools, and lawn mowers.

 

When adding a specialty room, focus on the details that will make the space both more practical for your own family and more appealing on the resale market.

Great Looks and Low Maintenance with Unique Tile Design

tileKitchen islands provide so many benefits in the kitchen: from food prep to dropping the groceries after shopping. One of the most enjoyable uses is that of a gathering place around the host (or around Mom & Dad, as is the daily routine at our home). The guests and children sit on stools that have varying degrees of “foot rest” and for the younger socialites this means having a drum on which to kick and pitter-patter against the back of the island. Utilizing interesting tile design in this location offers a great defense against scuff marks. While this may not work in every design, it is definitely worth considering when designing your dream kitchen.