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One Day Bedroom Makeover!

Their room before the decoration

Their room before the decoration

This young Westerville couple wanted to add personality and cheerfulness to their bedroom. After a quick rearrangement of the furniture, we hit the stores to pull together a comprehensive design. The One Day Decorating team started with the bright yellow, gray, and mocha colored comforter as inspiration. We painted the walls a soft gray to balance the brightness of the yellow.

We hit four different local stores HomeGoods, Joanne Fabrics, World Market, and Lowe’s to pull together this look within 8 hours.  In this case we were working on a modest budget which makes our job more challenging.

Mocha Accent Chair

We found a mocha leather accent chair to create a corner vignette and accented the area with a crisp white pedestal table.  The striped baskets were the modern gray and yellow color scheme.

Custom Headboard

We discovered a great coordinating damask and  a stripe fabric to create a custom headboard and trim the off white sheers.  The window treatments were so special with the striped trim at the top along with the Button accents hand made from the damask fabric we had left over from the headboard creation.

Custom Headboard

The dresser and chest of drawers were less than modern and had been around since college days.  We gave them a crisp new look with white paint and silver hardware.

Bright Yellow Lamp

Lighting was a huge issue as the room had no permanent lighting.  We found an awesome chrome lamp dripping with crystals for sparkle and shine.  This reminded me of a Candice Olsen lamp, so luxurious.  The pair of bright yellow tableside lamps with damask patterned shades sitting on the mirrored bedside tables were definitely the icing on the cake.

Bedroom After One Day Makeover

We addressed all elements of the room: color, furniture placement, bedding fabrics and pillows, window treatments, accessories, furnishings and a rug within timeframe to the client’s total satisfaction.  Another complete WOW room by the We Decorate Columbus team.


September 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Living With Color

Selecting a color is one of the biggest decorating dilemmas. You want a color that is right for your space and personality.

Color is the single most important factor in creating the mood of a room. It is the element that everyone understands and has been proven to be a psychological stimulus. It can unify furnishings that otherwise seem unrelated. Color can minimize architectural faults such as cracked walls or poorly placed windows. It can also make a small room seem larger or large rooms seem smaller.

Color Temperature
Research suggests that colors have “temperature”; they are either warm or cool.

Cool Colors

    On one side of side of the color wheel, cool colors are considered to be purple, violet, blue, blue-green and green. More soothing and restful than warm colors, they can be used in rooms with Southern and Eastern exposure to create a calm ambiance. People who prefer cool colors are usually reserved and introspective.

Warm colors

    On the other of the color wheel, warm colors are considered to be yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange and red. They are cheerful and powerful. Warm colors can be used in rooms with Northern exposure. They can also be used to put life into activity rooms. Children love warm colors best. Adults who like these colors tend to be outgoing and active.

Color Balance
Colors are used in different proportions throughout a room.

  • Dominant – The color you see the most of in a room
  • Secondary Color – The color you see the next in terms of amount
  • Accent Color – The color you see the least, but is placed throughout to add pizazz
  • Colors and their meanings

    This color causes the most diverse reaction of all the colors. Evokes physiological response in increased heart rate and rapid breathing. Red Signals excitement, dynamism, danger and sex. Causes sense of smell improvement & increase in appetite. It Speeds up the perception of time. Interiors done in red will be dramatic and provocative

    Shades & Tints

  • Bright Red – Exciting, energizing, sexy, hot, dynamic, stimulating, provocative, dramatic, aggressive, powerful
  • Bright Pink – Exciting, happy, hot, attention-getting, energetic, youthful, spirited, fun, trendy, wild
  • Light Pink – Romantic, soft, sweet, tender, cute, babies, delicate
  • Dusty Pink – Cozy, soft, subtle, dusky
  • Mauve – Soft, subdued, quiet, sentimental
  • Burgundy – Rich, elegant, refined, tasty, expensive, mature
  • Fuchsia – Bright, exciting, fun, hot, high energy, sensual
  • Brick Red – Earthy, strong, warm, country
  • Terracotta – Earthy, warm, wholesome, country, welcoming
  • Orange
    Appeals to a great number of people causing it to be “declassifying”. Denotes affordability and has seasonal connotations. Orange is thought to be an appetite stimulant. It Combines the heat from red and yellow to make it the hottest color. Interiors will be glowing, vital and energizing

    Shades & Tints

  • Orange – Fun, whimsical, childlike, happy, glowing, vital, sunset, harvest, juicy, tangy, energizing, gregarious, friendly, loud
  • Peach – Nurturing, soft, fuzzy, delicious, fruity, sweet, inviting
  • Yellow
    Is the best color to draw attention. Thought as being joyful, outgoing and friendly. It is the ideal color for dark or dreary rooms. Yellow does not darken with saturation, but becomes brighter. The fastest color the eye sees is yellow. It is thought of as being cheerful. Interiors will be luminous, glistening & joyful

    Shades & Tints

  • Light Yellow – Cheerful, happy, soft, sunny, warm, sweet
  • Bright Yellow – Enlightening, sunshine, cheerful, friendly, hot, luminous, energy
  • Greenish Yellow – Lemony, tart, fruity, acidic
  • Golden Yellow – Autumn, flowers, harvest, rich, sun, warm, wheat, comforting, sun-baked, buttery
  • Gold – Warm, opulent, expensive, radiant, valuable, prestigious
  • Blue
    Is the color of consistency and truth It slows the perception of time. Blue creates a calming effect and cools the body temperature. Navy is a great color to use in business. Blue is distant and receding. Interiors done in blue will be pleasing and tranquil.

    Shades & Tints

  • Bright Blue – Electric, energetic, vibrant, flags, stirring, happy, dramatic
  • Navy – Credible, authoritative, basic, classic, conservative, strong, dependable, traditional, uniforms, service, nautical, confident, professional, serene, quiet
  • Turquoise – Ocean, tropical, jewelry
  • Aqua – Cool, fresh, liquid, ocean, refreshing, healing
  • Light Blue – Calm, quiet, peaceful, cool, water, clean
  • Sky Blue – Calming, cool, heavenly, constant, faithful, true, dependable, happy, restful, tranquil
  • Teal Blue – Pleasing, rich, classy, expensive, unique
  • Green
    Has enormous range with many connotations. It can be a “harmonizer” as it is in the middle of the spectrum Green is the most restful color to the eye and induces a state of tranquility. Itm akes people feel tended to and secure. Interiors will be traditional, stately and restful

    Shades & Tints

  • Light Green – Calm, quiet, soothing, neutral
  • Dark Green – Nature, trustworthy, refreshing, cool, restful, stately, forest, quiet, woodsy, traditional, money
  • Olive Green – Military, camouflage, safari, classic, drab
  • Bright Green- Fresh, grass, Irish, lively, spring, foliage, outdoorsy
  • Bright Yellow Green – Artsy, sharp, bold, gaudy, trendy, tacky, slimy, sickening
  • Lime – Tart, acidic, refreshing, fruity, lively
  • Brown

    The color of hearth and home. Brown is ever present in earth It is easy to live with and viewed as protective. Beige and taupe are considered the most classic color. It is rich and timeless and not effected by fads. Interiors will be masculine, wholesome and grounded

    Shades & Tints

  • Cream – Smooth, rich, warm, neutral, soft, classic, delicious
  • Beige – Classic, sandy, earthy, neutral soft, warm, bland
  • Earth Brown – Rooted, wholesome, sheltering, masculine, woodsy, warm, durable, secure, rustic, earth, dirt
  • Coffee or Chocolate – Rich, delicious
  • Purple

    The rainbow’s most complex color. Purple combines the excitement of red and the tranquility of blue. It is a distinctive color that demands special attention Purple has regal connotations. Interiors will be mystical, exotic and magical

    Shades & Tints

  • Blue Purple – Mystical, spiritual, futuristic, fantasy, meditative
  • Orchid – Exotic, flowers, fragrant, tropical
  • Red Purple – Excited, sensual, flamboyant, creative, unique
  • Deep Plum – Expensive, regal, classic, powerful, elegant
  • Lavender – Nostalgic, delicate, sweet scented, floral, sweet taste
  • Grape – Sophisticated, sweet taste, subtle
  • Gray
    Represents solid strength and longevity. Brown is the color for creativity. Nature’s most perfect neutral, the eye sees no after image. A color of intellect, maturity and wisdom. A serious color that can become gloomy. Interiors will be classic, sophisticated and practical

    Shades & Tints

  • Charcoal Gray – Professional, classic, expensive, sophisticated, solid, enduring, mature
  • Neutral Gray – Classic, cool, sober, corporate, practical, timeless, quality, quiet
  • Black

    The color of great diversity. The ultimate power color. A symbolic color for dignity and sophistication. Black is viewed by women as sexy, but not by most men. Too much black is depressing. It is highly preferred by people living in big cities. Interiors will be dramatic, bold and classic

    A color with many positive responses. White indicates delicacy, refinement and sophistication. It can be used with any other color and look good. All-white work environment encourages precision. It reflects light and can cause squinting. White is a status color. Interiors will be clean, airy and bright

    Color Schemes
    Determining which colors will coordinate with each other is a big challenge for many people. Knowing a few popular color schemes will give you the confidence to experiment with multiple colors.

    Monochromatic – One color throughout the room, can include all tints or shades and neutrals. This scheme creates dimension

    Complementary – Two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.

  • red and green
  • blue and orange
  • yellow and lilac
  • teal and peach
  • Analogous – Three to five colors closely related on the color wheel.

    Triadic – Three colors spaced equally apart on the color wheel

  • red, blue, yellow
  • green, lilac, peach
  • Neutral – Use of neutral colors by themselves in varying shades

  • Black
  • Brown
  • White
  • Grey
  • Color Selection
    Select colors in natural light. Florescent lighting is cool and gives everything a bluish cast. Incandescent bulbs tend to accentuate warm yellows.

    The exposure of the sun can also affect the colors you select:

  • Eastern exposure is yellow-tinged
  • Western exposure is orange-tinged
  • Northern exposure is blue-tinged
  • Southern exposure is even-tinged
  • When selecting colors for a room, consider some of these factors:

  • What colors will create the desired feeling?
  • Is there a need to use cool or warm colors?
  • How will the introduction of new colors affect the color scheme?
  • What values and intensities of color should be used?
  • How can we create color balance in the room?
  • Do not let “fashion” dictate your color choices. This can leave your color schemes outdated in a short period of time. Look at wardrobes, lifestyle preferences, ages or locations for ideas.
    Think of your favorite vacation destination for your inspiration of color schemes.

    March 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment


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