Earth tones may very well dominate interior design in 2007, but that does not mean homeowners will not also seek the excitation of fiery red or the comfort of soothing blue.
And interior designers agree that no matter what hue extremely wins "most popular" this year, consumers are growing savvier about creating mood with color.
"The client is the boss." You've got to give them what they want, "said Peter Davidson, a Santa Monica interior designer.
Yet the connection to color is so emotional that delivering the goods is not always as simple as it might seem. Not even for Davidson, which 20 years of experience includes set design for film and television. "A person may say, 'I want blue.' But there are a lot of blues. You need to understand what that choice is all about, "he said.
Davidson has designed sets for television shows, including the new sitcom In Case of Emergency , as well as for film and television dramas, including Kill Bill, Adaptation , and Bones . The type of show consistently effects his palette, he said.
"If it's a comedy, I might use bolder and flatter colors. "With dramatic work, the colors will be more humble, less flat and more three-dimensional."
Davidson uses his experience analyzing film and television scripts to better understand the needs of his residential clients.
"In the film industry, I work from the script and make decisions based upon what the script is telling me and what the characters are like," he said. "In real-life situations, I try to find the subtext, the subconscious metaphor that will make them satisfied and make the space work for them."
The Consumer is the Trend
Although it may seem that the manufacturers of paint and other home décor materials tell consumers each year what's hot and what's not, Denise Turner said the opposite is true.
Turner, a color forecaster and interior designer based in Alta Loma, Calif., Said manufacturers of everything from home décor products to automobiles want to know what excites consumers. And they count on color experts like Turner to tell them.
"Color decisions are costly," she said. "When we say these colors are 'in,' it means we've really done our homework. And manufacturers will create their palettes accordingly – or they'll lose a lot of money."
Turner is a member of the Color Marketing Group, or CMG, of Alexandria, Va., A nonprofit organization of design professionals. Twice a year Turner and her peers meet to discuss what spectrum of colors they sense consumers want. And event imaginable – celebrity awards shows, international crises, elections, new product packaging – may provide clues to color trends that may take years to emerge.
"What I'm seeing coming up, the palette for 2007 seems to be more vivid. But '08 looks a little more subdued," she said.
Turner said the move to more subdued colors may be an indication that consumers want to feel more grounded and stable. This emotional need can be met with …
Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your kitchen functional as well as beautiful.
Be creative with glass displays. If you have glass pane cabinets, display some pretty wineglasses on the second shelf and keep the use everyday items on the bottom. You can also install extra racks that will allow you to hang some of those beautiful wineglasses. You should consider changing the decorative items in your cabinet with the changing season. You should also change the other decorations in your kitchen with the changing seasons. This includes your apron, potholders, tea towels, and other decorative items. You can have holly and mistletoe hanging around Christmas, fake bats and pumpkins around Halloween, hearts and flowers for Valentine's Day, etc …
Keep the top of your refrigerator clean. A modest display of books, especially cookbooks can be quite attractive. When you keep them at an arm's reach it increases the amount of tasty treasures that will make an appearance. Using decorative bookends makes your space looks beautiful and will also ensure that your books are not falling all over the place.
When it comes to your counter top, there are two types of people. Some people like to keep their counter top completely clear and then other people like to see everything that they own gadget wise out and ready for action. You should sit in the middle of these two types of people. If you use something almost everyday, such as a coffee pot or your food processor every night with supper, then keep it out. On the other hand if your new state of the art blender is only being used once a week or only for the holidays find a home for it within your cabinet space hidden below the scenes. Remember though that items that you have on top of your counter can also be clustered into categories that are relative to their function. If in the morning you make toast and coffee, and then have them plugged into the same outlets as they will make lovely companions to each other. If you're a mother that cooks every night, your food processor and electric can opener would make another great cluster with the same outlet.
Plants are a very positive addition to your kitchen. If you have a window in your kitchen and the available counter space, add a bit of life with a plant. If you can not remember to water them, set an alarm on your cell phone once a week that says to water plants. Everyone has a cell phone now a day and uses the alarm or calendar features on them quite frequently. A plant does not only look beautiful, but it cleans the air of the pollution and gives you oxygen in the atmosphere.
A kitchen rug can be a great solution for a kitchen that has damaged or worn out floors. These rugs can also help keep someone from slipping on the floor when it is …
Very few people actually enjoy cleaning, and most people actually hate doing it. There are a few things that you can do however, to make the whole process a little easier, or at least make sure that all of the cleaning actually gets done each week. The following cleaning tips can be used by anyone, no matter how much they despise cleaning chores.
Develop a Routine Schedule of Chores
This is actually one of those cleaning tips that are easier said than done. It may be simple to develop a routine or schedule in theory, but it is much harder to actually put it into play. However, if you take the time to make a routine that works for you, you may find that you do not hate the process of cleaning house as much. Develop your schedule on a paper or board that can be displayed through the house so that you never forget what should be done each day.
Break the Work Up
One of the most common complaints from most individuals is that cleaning simply takes too long. No one wants to spend hours on end scrubbing the house or doing laundry. So, one of the most helpful cleaning tips is to break larger tasks into smaller blocks of time.
For instance, if you know that you have one hour each day to devote to cleaning your home, sometimes do 15 minutes in the morning, another 15 minutes when you first get home from work, and the last 30 minutes sometimes before you go to bed . By breaking up your cleaning times, you not only ensure that you do not get burnt out but you also ensure that the house stays clean throughout the day.
Everything Has a Place
Perhaps, the beneficial of all cleaning tips, is to create a place for each thing in your home. From pots and pans to pencils, make sure that everything has its own space where it kept. If everything has a place, then there is virtually no clutter, and cleaning up becomes a much easier task.
When you go through the house, you will no longer have junk piles, and your home will not look like a cloistered mess. Instead, everything will be neat and tidy. A good way to store small objects is with decorative small baskets, or with drawer dividers that will keep smaller items separated.
Complete One Big Task Every Day
If you want to always maintain a clean home without the added effort, just make sure that you get one big cleaning task done each day. In addition to the quick once over that each room should get every day, also add in a larger task such as cleaning the kitchen appliances, giving the floors a firm mopping, or cleaning the bathrooms from top to bottom. These larger tasks will only take an additional 30 minutes or so, but will keep the dirt and grime from mounting.
The cleaning tips above are just a few …