When Red Isn’t Red

by DIY Maven

At my local Big Box store recently, I picked up a Dutch Boy Dimensions brochure which highlights the Dimensions’ red family. They categorize these luscious colors into five groups. They are defined as follows:

True Reds: These reds are ‘bright, saturated and classy shades that really pop next to their complementary color–green.’ Among DB examples are Fearless Matador-Red 02, Parrot Feather- Red 03, Tomato Bisque-DC316 , Rocket Red-A4-1 and Victory...

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Interior Color Trends for 2008

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Interior Color Trends for 2008

Debbie Zimmer from the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute does a little prognosticating on color trends for 2008. She suggests green might become the latest ‘neutral’ color for interiors. Coming on strong is also black and white accented with crystals, mirrors, metallics and even shots of subtle color such as soft pink or taupe. Another popular tend is something called ‘crewel colors’, which reflects peoples’ returning interest in homey...

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Liquid Floor Tiles

by Chris Gardner

"Modular Liquid Floor Tiles - Walking on them creates play and movement of light stimulating sensations of nature and atmosphere. The Mono-chromatic tiles leaves a diminishing ray of colors tones the memory trace of a footprint behind. The Bi-chromatic tile stimulates play with colors and forms in continuous evolution. Walking on a LIVING FLOOR is stimulates memories of nature like walking a sandy beach or across a green...

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The Best Neutral Paint Color....?

by DIY Maven

The Best Neutral Paint Color....?

Several years ago I had the displeasure of babysitting model homes. You know the drill. ‘Welcome to (insert name of development here). This is the (insert name of the home plan here).’ After six hour days of the same spiel over and over and over, I started to lose it. I had to find ways to entertain myself, so I began keeping a running total in my head as to how many people had complementary remarks about the furniture, the cabinetry, the...

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What's Your Color Personality?

by Chris Gardner

HGTV's Design Star winner and Color Splash Host David Bromstad provides a color wheel of insight into your favorite colors, and the ways in which they reflect your personality. Then, for each slice of the color wheel, have a click and get tips to use the color in your design and decor. (Hint, mine's purple.)

While you're there, have a look at David's nine "Can't miss color tips" for even hue-liciousness. Then, click here for my friend's DIYMaven's...

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Pantone’s Color Trends Fall ‘07

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Pantone’s Color Trends Fall ‘07

We’ve discussed the influence fashion has on interior trends in the past. Now Pantone, “the world-renowned authority on color” has unveiled its color report for Fall of ‘07.

With colors the name of Chilli Pepper, Burnt Ochre and Purple Wine, it’s not surprising the pallette is a robust one. What’s interesting about this collection of colors is their unexpected couplings. Carafe with Casmere Rose? Why not?

For more information on the '07 report...

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Color Psychology

by DIY Maven

Color Psychology

We’ve all probably heard about the effects of color on mood. Heck, we’ve probably even experienced it. Ever notice how doctors’ offices are often decorated in watery blues and greens? That’s because blues are considered calming and greens are considered tranquil.

So what does this mean for those of us with our hearts set on a vibrant-colored bedroom? I guess it depends upon what you want to do in your bedroom. Ultimately, to fulfill your dreams...

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Color Harmony

by DIY Maven

So, you want to paint each room in your house or apartment a different color but aren’t sure if the effect will make you nauseous? Christopher Lowell has some great advice as to keeping harmony in a colorful abode. He suggests you choose colors in the same value range on your paint chips. For example, let’s say you want to use the color pallette below. This means if you like the deeper color blue, it’s best to stay with the deeper hues of all...

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Color Wheel Romance

by DIY Maven

Color Wheel Romance

Webster’s defines a color wheel as "a circular diagram of the spectrum used to show the relationships between the colors." Yeah, it wasn’t helpful to me either in actually interpreting the wheel for practical use. Some further investigation of color and compatibility was needed.

The Players

The traditional color wheel consists of 12 colors. The first being the primary colors, which include red, yellow and blue.

If you combine two of the primaries...

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Forecasting Color Trends

by DIY Maven

Forecasting Color Trends

I’ve heard more than one designer say that if you want to know what’s going to be popular in interiors six months from now, turn an eye to the fashion world.

Pantone, the self-described "world-renowned authority on color" and "color communication," has available a preview of colors that will be setting the trend in spring ‘07, which means they’ll be influencing interior design in the fall of ‘07, based on the aforementioned theory. And, I’m sorry...

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How to Mix Your Own Pottery-Barn-Bronze-Colored Paint

by DIY Maven

If you’ve ever gone into a craft store looking for antique bronze-colored paint, like the antique bronze in a Pottery Barn catalog, you won’t find it. The bronze craft stores do have looks more like bronzed baby booties bronze. Not my favorite look. So, I did some experimenting and came up with a ‘recipe’ that produces a very similar color to the bronze that’s popular nowadays. Here it is:

One part Delta Ceramcoat Black + One Part Delta...

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Living in a Comic Strip

by Bruno Bornsztein

The Art Hotel in Berlin (Arte Luise Kunsthotel) prides itsef on the eccentric and unique interior design of its building. Every room is different and original:

The concept of this somewhat different hotel - "art instead of grandeur, poetry instead of room service" - is winning guests over.

Let's take a tour...

In the 'Comic' room, every corner and angle is outlined with a thin, hand-drawn black line to gift the effect of being in a cartoon.

Living in a Comic Strip

In...

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