Before: High Contrast, Low BalanceThe right colors can energize you, just as the wrong colors can drain you of energy. Jennifer, a young healthcare professional, learned this the hard way when she decorated her living/dining room in colors with too much contrast. She has tried meditation and crystal therapy to relax after stressful days at work, but her home seems to take energy from her rather than provide the healing energy she needs.
The dark woods and black leather sofa contrast strongly with the cream-colored wingback chairs and beige carpeting. Jennifer admits she picked the dull green wall color without thinking much about the furniture. New yellow walls, bamboo flooring and earthy tones restore balance and revitalize the space.
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After: Warm HarmonyJennifer chooses a natural yellow for the wall color to add brightness and reflect the natural lighting. (Keep in mind that yellow often appears brighter when it's applied to a wall.) To tone down the bright yellow, a coat of grayer yellow is rolled on and brushed off using a technique called strie, also called dragging.
The beige carpeting is replaced with bamboo flooring for added grain and texture. The black sofa is reupholstered in an earthy brown fabric. Staying on the same side of the color wheel (in this case, warm) achieves harmony in a space. Jennifer's artwork, warm metal accents, extra lighting and bamboo bowls provide the finishing touches in the revitalized space.
Did You Know? Bamboo is almost as strong as steel; it's more stable than hardwood flooring, so it moves less and is less likely to heave in different temperatures and environments. Bamboo also rejuvenates much faster than any endangered rainforest hardwood.