Big Bold Unabashed Color


Big Bold Color. It demands space to empower a room. These stunning examples of large splashes of pigment speak to simple gestures, not letting the space get too busy but rather placing sculptural, singular elements of focus in the room. So dramatic, and full of energy. Notice how the floors are used in this color scheme?  All planes (walls, ceiling and floor) play off each other to become part of the composition. These spaces work so well because the saturation of hues are balanced.




“Designed by Gisbert Pöppler, The Hansaviertel Project is a full renovation of a private apartment owned by a prominent writer for the popular German television show “Verliebt in Berlin”. The property is tucked in the corner of a large modern apartment building, designed by Walter Gropius for the 1957 Interntational Building Exhibition, “Interbau”. As if intentionally planned to coincide with this important milestone, the renovation was completed just in time to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of this now classic modernist BAUHAUS experiment in urban living.” architectonic

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Bold Blocks of Color

Designing with bold blocks of color adds focus and definition to a space. Whether applied in a pattern on the floor, or a solid on the wall or a piece of furniture, it is the strong, simple gesture that offers the greatest success. Color can create energy in a room. These examples offer a sense of possibility in the unexpected. Notice, each example has a strong foundation of white, for the color to read against. A little goes a long way when it comes to a bold statement. With that said, each space is balanced by accents of color in the space, whether patterned cups, texture and color of books, or an accent pillow placed just so, to strengthen the composition. Color is a great way to change up a space by introducing a few bold elements. It can be playful, or dramatic and serious, depending on the hue of choice. Go ahead. Be Bold. Be Brave. Have fun.

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How do I create a color scheme for my space?

Color can be intimidating. It creates mood, and often defines the character of a space. When developing a color scheme and incorporating color from many sources in a space, sometimes it is hard to visualize. For example, you may have a red chair, brown sofa, and gold tones in your drapery. What paint and FLOR tile colors will look best in my room? One great resource is the Color Wheel.  The digital version of this time tested resource is quite sophisticated, and makes the tangible connection to RGB printing colors, which can be taken to your local paint store and mixed to the formula you request. It takes away much of the guesswork of color selection, and provides the opportunity to play around with different color effects, such as a monochromatic or tonal scheme of say, all grey tones, or a study of contrasting or complementary color, to create a dramatic space.  I spent some time on this Color Wheel site, and was able to come up with some beautiful palettes, providing very different solutions for the very same room.

It is helpful when diving into a color study, to understand the principals and vocabulary commonly used. It makes it easier to make color choices, and apply them to your color wheel exercise. Here are a few to get you started.

1. Hue – the color (such as red)
2. Value – the lightness or darkness of the color
3. Chroma – the dullness or purity of a color. From the pure hue, each step adding  a bit of grey. Most artists in the U.S.A. refer to this characteristic as “saturation”. Sometimes, the terms saturation and chroma are used interchangeably. When scientists analyze the color of light, saturation and chroma are not the same.

Have fun exploring color options and effects!

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