Interior Design – Using Color to Correct Interiors in your Home

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Interior decorator Denise Willard discusses how to use color to correct interiors in your home.

    Denise Willard

    Denise Willard is the president of Decor by Denise, a full-service interior decorating firm based in Vienna, Virginia. For nearly a decade, Denise and her staff have transformed the homes of clients in the Disctrict of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. With her talent in color selection, space planning, interior arrangement, window treatments and fabric decor, she helps her clients transform their homes from ordinary to extraordinary! The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her transitional design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the south with the flair of the big city. Denise has been professionally trained in all aspects of interior decorating, including the newest trends in redesign and feng shui. In addition, she is a certified real estate staging professional, as designated by Realty Enhancements International. Denise and her staff take a hands-on approach to every project, providing each client the personalized attention he or she deserves. Denise maintains professional memberships and affiliations with the Interior Design Society, Realty Enhancements International, the Interior Arrangement and Design Association, the Washington Design Center, eWomenNetwork, the Interior Design Directory, the Redesign Directory and the Better Business Bureau.

    Hi, I am Denise Willard and I am with Decor by Denise. Today I am here discussing the psychology of color and how best to leverage it in building out the perfect color palette for your home. Right now we are going to discuss how you can use color to correct some common interior problems. These problems include a low ceiling, a high ceiling, a small room and a large room. Let's start with the first one, a low ceiling. Basically what we want to do in using color is we want to raise the roof, we want to make it look much, much higher than it is. So, there is a couple of things that we can do. One is that we can definitely paint the ceilings a shade or two lighter than the walls, and this is typically if the walls aren't too dark to begin with. We can also extend the color two to six inches onto the ceilings, sort of creating almost like a tray ceiling effect, and possibly even add some molding so that we extend the height of the ceiling. The second common interior challenge is a very high ceiling, I wish I had that problem, but unfortunately I don't, but a lot of people these days do, especially in the foyer areas. So, what we want to do is we want to cozy it up, we want to bring the roof down a little bit, so that it feels warmer when you -- and more inviting when you enter into that space. There is a couple of things we can do there as well, but the main one of which is we want to use a color that's darker in hue than the wall color. Typically, we want to try and use a warmer tone versus a cooler tone, because warmer tones help to make the space cozier, whereas cooler tones help to make it more expansive. Now, let's look at the third most common interior challenge, and that is a room that's just way too small. There are a couple of things we can do here as well, one of which is we want to minimize or eliminate the delineation between the wall and the ceiling. So, the way we go about that is we can paint everything the same; the ceiling, the walls, everything, but the second portion of that is we want to make sure that the color typically is in a lighter family and typically in the cooler tones. You certainly can go darker, and a lot of times we do, it depends on the space and how you want to use it. Oftentimes you see this happening in like a library, because we want to create a really cozy kind of environment, so in that scenario if it's a small space, it's okay to go darker, but we would paint pretty much everything the same, including the ceiling, to eliminate that whole small room feeling. Now, let's look at the fourth challenge, which is a room that's just way too big. Seems very expansive, not cozy at all, granite, furniture arrangement, those kinds of things, can help with that, but that's not what we are here to discuss today. We are here to discuss color. So. in that kind of scenario what you want to do is try to stay on the warmer end of the spectrum because again, warmer colors help to fill in the space more and cozy it up, and we also want to, if there is a long corridor or something like that involved in the space, we want to paint the walls on the farthest end of the quarter a darker hue, so that again it brings the walls in and makes the space more cozy. So, these are just a few ideas on how to correct some common interior challenges in your home using color.