It’s no secret that certain colors emit certain feelings. Red embodies passion, blue promotes calmness, and yellow shines with optimism. But, have you ever considered how incorporating color into your home or business can impact the emotions attached to the space?
The key is careful, deliberate use of color. At Interior Elements Designs, we use color theory in the very beginning of a design to establish the tone. It guides many of our choices, like paint, lighting, texture, and shape.
Color theory is a guide to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. Understanding how color is made helps us determine how to use it more effectively in design. In your home, we can convey calmness, approachability, and neutrality using blues, browns, and grays. When it comes to your business, whites, reds, and greens can promote cleanliness, energy, and action. Just imagine – the colors used in the design can actually prompt customers to buy your product or gain trust in your brand.
Hiring a Design Professional that Understands Color
Color elicits mood in design, therefore interior designers must understand how to communicate the mood. Ann Moore, Owner of Interior Elements Designs, is only one of ten designers in North Carolina who completed the Professional Color Certification Program by Sensational Color. The course is accredited and recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers.
Ann sees the value in being a certified color expert because educating clients about color and the role it plays in design increases confidence in the process and the finished product. If you’re ready to see how Interior Elements Designs can use color to create harmonious schemes or elicit certain moods, view our portfolio or contact us today for a consultation.
Interior Elements Designs is honored to open our hearts and serve the men, women, and families that served our country. We partner with community organizations like The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter of NSDAR and business like Home Depot to create interiors for veterans with disabilities, making the home a restful place.
Through the use of color and design, we create the welcoming, accessible interior spaces that help ease various physical and emotional needs. Studies prove that the use of color improves the daily well-being of families, especially those in need or in crisis. Color therapy is a type of holistic healing that uses color to affect someone’s mood and mental or physical health. Interior Elements Designs is happy to volunteer our interior design services and create positive change in the lives of America’s heroes.
Contact us for more information on our charity design work.
One of my favorite books concerning design and decorating is, In With The Old …Classic Décor from A to Z by Jennifer Boles. It is filled with design elements from years past that have withstood the passage of time, yet are still relevant today. Ms. Boles, like myself, is intrigued and inspired by Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, Sister Parish, and other great names in the early age of design. Her book is filled with items that are as easy to incorporate today as they were 75 years ago. She writes, “Classic design never goes out of style, whether in fashion (think of Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) or interior decorating”. She is so very right…
Take for example, the banquette. Banquettes are featured in most of the top home design magazines today. Banquettes are a sophisticated and ingenious way to seat additional people in a tight space without looking crowded. A great example is the banquette pictured above, circa 1950s from An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant, the epitome of sophistication. To the left is a current interpretation of a banquette. Same idea just re-imagined for today. Learn more about interior elements gives back.
Dust jackets for books are another great example. I have a talented vendor, E. Lawrence Ltd., of Atlanta, that creates wonderful dust jackets for old books. An entire cabinet of his beautifully covered books is a sight to behold. Whether you use an entire bookcase or just a few “statement” pieces, they make a welcome addition to your décor.
One of the reasons I wanted to share Jennifer Boles book in my first blog is that it goes hand in hand with my mission statement for Interior Elements Designs. I discovered my mission statement in a book called Discovering Joy, by Marie Chapin. She is a favorite devotional author of mine. “Originality is not doing something no one has ever done, but doing what has been done countless times with new life, new breath, as only you can bring”. That is my goal with Interior Elements Designs. Creating peaceful, restful, beautiful spaces with imagination is my joy.
Remember, design trends come and go. Good design stands the test of time. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you and I hope you will share yours with me here or on my contact page at Interior Elements Designs.