Roeser Home Remodeling has been in business 15 years longer than the Pantone Color Institute has been announcing their color of the year. Like them, we keep up on what’s new in the kitchen and bathroom home remodeling industry.
Whether it’s adding technology as you remodel your home, helping you decide how to renovate your home so you can age in place or change the layout of your kitchen, we have the professionals for the job.
The Pantone Color of the Year
The colors around us can have a big impact – positive and negative – on our moods and mental well-being. Institutional beige or green can bring us down, while warm and vibrant colors can bring energy to a room and lift our spirits. Two decades ago, the Pantone Color Institute announced its first “Color of the Year:” Cerulean Blue.
(Remember that scene from The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep explains to Anne Hathaway how high fashion trickles down to the “rest of us.”) Paint companies and other legacy brands also name their own colors of the year.
These colors influence the fashion and interior design industries, filtering down to consumers and reflected in paints, fashion, home décor – even the color of our cell phone covers.
This year, Pantone’s “It” color is Viva Magenta (Pantone 18-1750). This is a red with subtle notes of purple, described on the Pantone website as descending from the red family.
“PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta descends from the red family and is inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known…. PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta galvanizes our spirit, helping us to build our inner strength.”Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute
Here are a few other colors of the year:
Benjamin Moore – Raspberry Blush, red-orange, bright and cheery
Sherwin-Williams – Redend Point, blend of blush and beige with subtle pink undertones
Behr – Blank Canvas, creamy shade of white, with warm undertones
Color swatches are fun to look at. But like the fashions we see on Paris runways, how can we tailor those ideas and colors for our homes? Let’s take a look at a few examples and how Roeser Home Remodeling’s designers and professionals can help.
Basic Principle of Home Decorating
Here’s a basic rule of thumb when it comes to choosing colors for your home: use 70% as your base color, then add 20% of your décor in another color, such as fabrics in upholstery, curtains and rugs. Finally, 10% of an accent color can be used in couch cushions, decorative objects and so on. If you aren’t sure which colors to use beyond your base color, look to the color wheel for ideas.
Brandi Roeser Ward is the Director of Design for Roeser Home Remodeling. Brandi first considers each client’s personality, lifestyle and needs, then uses interior design principles to create a space the client will love. Weaving together color and texture, space and light, forms and patterns, Brandi achieves the perfect balance to bring harmony to a room.
No one element is more important than the other. From the paint on the walls down to the vase on the table that echoes the curve of a nearby chair, Brandi brings all of them together into one cohesive look.
Now, let’s look at how the Color(s) of the Year can be incorporated into YOUR home.
Paint, of course, is the number one way to incorporate the color of the year into your home décor. Too often, people hesitate to paint a whole room, especially if the color is very bright or too dark. But remember – you change it by adding white or black to the base color.
Paint is the cheapest and fastest way to make a change and once done, if you don’t like how it looks, it can be painted over. But before you decide you hate it, live with it for a week, under different lighting conditions. You might decide you love it after all.
Another idea is to paint just one wall or paint the baseboards in the color of the year, with contrasting colors around it. If you aren’t sure what might look good against your chosen color, check out the color wheel for monochromatic colors and complementary color schemes.
The great thing about buying a piece of furniture in a popular color is that when it no longer fits your lifestyle or decorating scheme, it is relatively easy to replace. You can either replace it or reupholster it.
You certainly don’t have to buy a large piece of furniture such as a sofa. Even an ottoman in the color of the year can bring a pop of color to the room, especially if the majority of your decorating scheme is a neutral.
Roeser Home Remodeling uses only quality products. Wellborn Cabinet has been in business since 1961 and its longevity says a lot about its products. With a variety of styles, colors and price points, choosing your kitchen or bathroom cabinets can be confusing. The professionals at Roeser can help you make your decision by listening to your needs and taking into account the layout of your room.
Adding a whole room of cabinets in the color of the year is a bold move and not something everyone is willing or able to do. If that describes you, but you still want to add that trendy color, think small. For a fun and look, consider painting your kitchen island cabinets or a storage cabinet in your otherwise all-white bathroom. Fun!
If purchasing large pieces of furniture or investing in new cabinets is not in your budget or current remodeling plans, browse stores and online sites for vases, lamps and pillows in bold colors to use as accent pieces.
No matter your decorating style, budget or renovation plans, you can bring in the color of the year in a variety of ways. Although black and white have their place in home décor, color is equally important, so don’t be afraid to use it and change it as your mood and needs change.
When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, call Roeser Home Remodeling and let the experts help you! Call us at 314-822-0839 or contact us online.