Why color is so important part 01

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors

I’m going to have a little bit of a rant here because this is something that has affected the design community for a long time and I think as designers we are all secretly thinking the same thing but I don’t know that our clients understand how we feel about it. I’m talking about the lack of color in the marketplace that is being dished out to everyone! We deal with this all the time because on a weekly basis we get clients telling us “I love the Restoration Hardware look”. So I’m just going to put this out there into the world. As a designer that is the WORST thing for me to hear. OK I said it – I feel better now!! It’s almost as bad as saying they want a big puffy reclining chair in the formal living room. I want to be clear that I am not knocking down that company at all. I think they have a great business model, nice products, and their customer service is fantastic. But from my perspective and as a professional color expert (yes I just called myself an expert) the majority of their stuff is totally void of color. I am a firm believer that the root of awesome design mimics nature, and I’m sorry but I don’t recall ever seeing nature totally void of color. I truly believe that color is something which brings life, energy, and togetherness in a space. This could be light muted color, or loud bold color. Either way, I feel like we all need it in our lives.

I’ll tell you a short story as a designer. A few years ago I bought my first house and it was my goal to put my “stamp” on this house by using color. I think my husband thought I totally lost my mind, but every room had a strong color and/or pattern. I think I used 4 different wallpapers, painted the baseboards a contrasting color, wallpapered a ceiling etc. When we sold this house, it went for $200k above the comps in the area because it was a gem! It was unlike anything in the market especially in that area. The next house we did however had a slightly different experience. We decided to go all black, white, and grey. A typically and popular palette for the current market in a more contemporary home. We added a bunch of specialty details and did simple clean elements. However, even though the house was bigger and in a nicer area, it didn’t end up having that “Gem” quality and I strongly believe its because it lacks color!

I know that taste is subjective, I get it, and I live that reality every day, but no matter what your taste preference is, I still can’t justify a space that is void of color. So who is with me to make a pact to stop eating the bland food that is dished out and to demand color! Would love to hear your thoughts! 

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors



5 Quick Tips to Re-Vamp Your Interior

1. Shine a new light

One of the easiest ways to change the look and ambiance of any space is to shine some interesting light. Try adding new and trendy wall sconces, or a modern table lamp to add a touch of visual interest. Finally get along to installing those recessed lights and switching out the chandelier like you’ve always wanted.

2. Accessorize it up

More often than not rooms can be beautifully designed but are just lacking that personal touch. Try adding accessories and plants around a room. A small plant, modern vase of branches, or even a large palm can fulfill that inexplicit void in a space. Hanging a mirror, displaying a large piece of pottery or appealing artwork, can create a new focal point in a room.

3. Trim, Trim, Trim

Give the room a finished and cohesive look. Add a decorative crown molding and base board to a space. This will allow the walls to appear clean and united, and serves as a nice frame for the room.

4. Paint it bright

Don’t ever be afraid of adding some color to your world. If your walls at home are bare white, try coating them with a soft neutral to start off…or have a little fun with bright, saturated accent walls. A great and modern technique is to paint your ceiling…this creates a more open and vibrant space, or can allow it to feel much more intimate.

5. Rearrange that furniture

You know it’s been sitting in the same spot for long enough. Try rearranging the furniture to suit the lifestyle you are living today. You’d be surprised how the simple rearrangement of a chair or love seat introduces an entirely different feel and function of a space. Additionally, it allows for a less cluttered mind and relieves psychological anxiety.