Home and Living hooked up with Cathy Hobbs, ASID. Cathy is a 5-time Emmy award winning television personality and founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™, a New York City-based firm specializing in interior design, home staging, and home staging training. A nationally known design expert, Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s Hit Reality Series “Design Star”. We are thrilled to have Cathy present a two-part article on the most important trend this year: COLOR.
Color: The Key To The Designer Tool Box
Color, countless people are afraid of it and designers are often hired simply to come up with creative ways to use it. Color is often one of the most under used and sometimes over used design techniques ever invented.
What I love about color is that you can “play it up “ or “play it down” or harmonize it with various shades and tones to create a perfect design symphony.
What I often tell my clients, is simply “we are using color, and you have to trust me.” For the unconverted we often begin with an accent wall and infuse colorful accents and for the fully committed, we splurge with color, infusing it not only on walls, but in upholstered pieces, artwork and accents.
What I will share with you are simple and creative ways that you can incorporate color into your décor from using accent walls to incorporating color through accents and accessories without painting a single wall. My New York City based interior design and home staging firm, Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, not only specializes in traditional interior design services but in easy, simple to follow “Design Recipes” that provide “how to” instructions for creating rooms. Through my Design Recipes site www.design-recipes.com, you will find more than 300 colorful do-it-yourself “recipes.
Tips for using color
As an ASID Interior Designer I can honestly say I am all about using color, especially bold, vivid color. I believe when using color it is important for it to be both “seen and heard”. While soft and muted tones can be incorporated into décor. I believe in “going bold” in order to make a real design impact statement.
Here are some of my top tips for using color:
Use an accent wall
Afraid to paint a whole room a bright, bold shade, why not paint a single wall a bold color. I use “accent colors” for a specific purpose, to incorporate a bold color into a space without “over doing it” by painting every wall. Accent colors not only add interest but can also help to define a space architecturally. Accent colors can also highlight particular features of a space and serve as the foundation of a color palette.
Stumped about which colors would make great accents? Think warm and inviting or bright and bold. Yellows, Oranges, and Greens all make great accent colors and can easily blend with lots of color palettes. Stay away from muted or pastel tones as they do not make great colors for an accent wall and are best suited for all over color. Accent walls should make a bold statement so that they stand out as opposed to blend in.
Visit the slideshow for some accent wall photos and be sure to visit Part 2 with Cathy, as she talks about specific color trends.
More About Cathy
Cathy is currently travelling around the country as an instructor for Certified Staging Professionals, teaching their prestigious 3-day certification course. Go to www.cathyhobbs.com for more design recipes tips or to ask Cathy a question send a tweet to @cathyhobbs.