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Happy Columbus Day! Discovering a new world can change the world. Thanks to Christopher Columbus, “America” as it as first called got her debut to the world. Now, with The Internet and modern technology, other cultures are fast becoming more globally connected and the world around us doesn’t seem so far-reaching.
You don’t have to travel to the Far East for instance to bring back mementos that are reminders of the beautiful color and patterns of other cultures.We see the interaction between cultures coming into play in interior design. One indication is the use of pattern infused with cross cultural influences. Using pattern and color can bring a positive impact to your productivity and increase the appeal of your interior space just from the energy they radiate.
For instance, Freshome, lists 20 ways you can psychologically change the outcome of the perception of your space with color. I’ll just list a few here but you can go to the link to read more and find a description of each:
1.) Create the illusion of space with bright colors
2.) Appeal to a highly educated crowd with complex colors
3.) Build appetites in your kitchen with red
5.) Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter
6.) Cool off in the summer with colder colors
8.) Use relaxing colors in relaxing rooms
12.) Concentrate in your home office with green
13.) Inspire optimism with yellow
How could you add all these properties of color at once? Use patterns!
Can you imagine how plain these benches below would look without the colorful patterned pillows? If the pillows were monochromatic, or just a few colors or even patterned without multiple colors, they would look completely different. The visual impact would not be the same. The way they are featured shows off their color, makes the pattern pop, and makes this ad work with an impressionable memory.
Pattern, in combination with bold color makes even more of an impact!
Kim Latimer-Cohen’s website, Redo it Design is a fun, visual read with lots of examples using pattern and color, color, color. Plus, I can’t help but like these butterflies:
Check out this post on The Art of Mixing Patterns to get a sense.
Her interior design philosophy really appeals to me and helps define what it is about interior spaces that are important in our daily lives. Your environment adds to the quality of your life and how you want to live it:
Interior Design will not cure cancer or feed the world, but it is capable of defining your unique human expression and streamlining the way you live your life. Your home is an executive summary of your personality and preferences – not the complete picture, but the essence of you. If you feel your home isn’t quite (or even close to) the first impression you would like to broadcast to the world at large (or to yourself) you’ll find tons of solutions and inspiration at Re-Do it Design.
Every room has a story to tell. No matter what your style, color preferences, budget, or dwelling you will find something to define your room’s unique aesthetic or inspire that vision that enables you to fall in love again with a space where love has been lost.
When you come home to your house, your rooms should make you feel happy every day. This concept is even more important in a tough economic climate or rough working or non-working situations because your home is where you have refuge, gather strength, and renew energy to carry forth positively. Color and Pattern can provide a cure for whatever may be lacking.