Color Tips and Trends for 2014

by Star Furniture on February 23, 2014

Color can convey emotions, bring life to a dull space, show your personality or just be really pretty. It’s a big deal, which is why people sometimes stress over what color schemes to incorporate into their design.

But fear not! Because there are plenty of tools, ideas, info and inspirational sites (blogs, pinterest, etc.)  out there – more than ever before! All you need to get started is some working knowledge of the color wheel, a good sense of what “atmosphere” you’re trying to create, and a little inspiration.

Here’s what you should know about color…

The Color Wheel

The color wheel is made up of primary, secondary and tertiary colors.  There are warm colors and cold colors, as well as complimentary colors (opposites on the color wheel) and analogous or similar colors (like red, orange and yellow).

When it comes to designing the color scheme for a space, you could go with complimentary colors (like purple and gold), you could have a cool color scheme (like greens and blues), or you could temper bright bold colors with neutrals. The possibilities are nearly endless.

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The Psychology of Color Color psychology is the study of the effects that certain colors have on people. For example, teal is soothing and tranquil, while orange is energetic and expressive. Since these colors are close to being complimentary, you could paint a room teal and have orange accents that add energy and freshness to the otherwise calming space. It’s important to think about how certain colors make you feel, before you develop a space around them. Patti Perrier, ASID, recommends really investing in paint samples. “You should paint  4’ x 4’ areas on more than one wall in each room. That way you can see how the colors act in the environment, and gauge how you feel about them” Perrier advises. Think about what atmosphere you’re aiming for, and look into what color psychology has to say about the colors that can create that “mood.” Learn more about color psychology by checking out the chart below: Screen shot 2014-02-11 at 10.38.00 AM Color Inspiration Don’t forget that there are a ton of resources out there when it comes to color. You can find inspiration in everything from magazines, to TV shows, to suggestions from paint authorities. For example, Benjamin Moore ‘s website is full of helpful things like an extensive color gallery, color trends of 2014, a variety of color collections with examples, and ideas for every room in the house. Before you develop your color scheme, gather as much inspiration as you can. Check out the pictures below, as well as our Pinterest.  And if you have no idea where to start when it comes to color, visit Star’s upcoming FREE design presentation, “Decorating with Color” and keep an eye on our blog for more color-coated tips.

This is Benjamin Moore’s color of 2014 - Breath of Fresh Air. It can be used with lots of whites or as a neutral base to darker, bolder hues.

This is Benjamin Moore’s color of 2014 – Breath of Fresh Air. It can be used with lots of whites or as a neutral base to darker, bolder hues.

This is a good example of an analogous color palette, balanced with neutrals like gray, black and beige.

This is a good example of an analogous color palette, balanced with neutrals like gray, black and beige.

Here’s an example of complimentary colors (purple and yellow) being used in interior design.  This space beautifully embodies Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

Here’s an example of complimentary colors (purple and yellow) being used in interior design. This space beautifully embodies Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

Assemble a collection of possible color palettes. When you choose the final one, take it with you when shopping for accessories and fabrics.

Assemble a collection of possible color palettes. When you choose the final one, take it with you when shopping for accessories and fabrics.

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