Color Makes a Difference When Designing Interior Space
November 20, 2017
Color can make all the difference when designing your interior space
Interior design can be challenging for many homeowners, but there’s one easy and stylish way to completely change the look and feel of your home — decorate with color.
Colors have different meanings and elicit various thoughts and feelings when people see them. By adding a splash of color, you can create an environment that captures your individual tastes and preferences.
“Color really does make a difference,” says Kathy Cioffi, vice president of design for Neal Signature Homes.
The fall color palette may be prominent right now with Thanksgiving right around the corner. When it comes to decorating your home, however, it’s all about utilizing colors and design concepts that not only fit your lifestyle but also enhance the atmosphere you wish to create.
“It’s never really a seasonal thing,” says Kathy.
One of the easiest ways to transform your home is to start with a blank slate. What better way to do so than with a classic color that’s always in style? White is becoming increasingly more popular with homebuyers.
Many homebuyers are gravitating toward simple, clean design styles with white cabinetry and quartz countertops in high demand.
In addition to white, grey, taupe and blue tones have becoming increasingly popular, replacing the ivory and brown color palettes that were showcased throughout homes in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue into the New Year.
In September, Pantone LLC, the world-renowned authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018 edition. It’s filled with vibrant colors and metallic neutrals.
While the report features the top colors we can expect to see from fashion designers, Pantone colors can also be incorporated into interior design.
At Neal Signature Homes, it’s not unheard of for the design team to decorate one of its model homes with one of the Pantone colors. They continually evaluate the latest design and market trends and incorporate those themes and color palettes into the model homes.
This year, Pantone’s Color of the Year is greenery, a refreshing and revitalizing yellow-green shade that symbolizes new beginnings. Considered nature’s neutral, greenery illustrates the first days of spring, a rebirth of nature’s greenery, and the lushness of the great outdoors. Greenery is a versatile shade that lends itself to different color combinations and can be utilized as either an accent color or the focus of an entire room.
Whether it’s decorating a smaller model home completely in Lily Pulitzer fabrics or utilizing one of the new Pantone colors, Neal Signature Homes recognizes that everyone has different tastes and preferences and tries to incorporate distinctive aspects into every model home.
“We try to mix it up with the different models,” says Kathy. “Some buyers may be looking for something a little more modern industrial while a retired homebuyer might be more traditional with a mix of furniture. We have a lot of buyers and we work with each individual.”