Sunday, March 15, 2009

Welcome to Spring and design inspiration!

Spring is in the air and that means sunshine, blue skies, flowers and COLOR!!!! It also means Home and Garden shows!

I just finished exhibiting March 1st at the Home Remodeling Fair in Hopkins, MN and attendance was high. In spite of the current economic climate, people are giving thought to improving their spaces so they will be ready to sell when the tide changes!

My next event is on March 28, 2009 at the South Minneapolis Housing and Home Improvement Fair at Minneapolis South High School. I will be a featured speaker at the event, presenting “Current Trends in Kitchen Design” at 1pm in Room 126. I’d love to see you there!

Here are some recent color tips I would love to share with you!

First of all, look at the Minneapolis Star Tribune issue from March 4th in the Homestyle section for The Color Marketing Group’s annual outlook for color trends in 6 categories! They are called “Colors that make us happy.” Here are the 2009 color mood-makers!

• Yellow: cheerfulness, hope, energy, creativity, caution
• Purple: calm, uniqueness, meditation, bravery, royalty, spirituality
• Red: warmth, love, valor, glamour, celebration, danger
• White: cold, purity, cleanliness, goodness, austerity
• Black: opulence, sophistication, drama, gloom, dread
• Green: nature, nurturing, fertility, restfulness, luck, jealousy
• Blue: tranquility, mystery, freshness, uniqueness
• Orange: warmth, exoticism, excitement, sociability, change
• My favorites above are… yellow, purple, green, blue and orange!

“Fear No Color” tips from article in Su Casa Magazine, Author Linda Applewhite

Take cues from nature
• Select colors that resonate with who you are: colors of your own skin tone, eyes and hair
• Choose warm colors, especially if your climate is not warm in the winter
• Notice the colors of your clothing, dishes, artwork, and fabrics
• Select colors with the same feeling: toned colors, pastel colors, jewel-toned colors or primary colors
• Select colors that are next to each other on the color wheel such as red, orange and gold. To add POP, accent these colors with complimentary shades (in this case, blue and green)
• Add some white and black or brown to a room to accentuate the presence of all colors
• Repeat your color palette throughout your property and don’t forget the garden!