How magic can be done with a color you do not like
As a certified color strategist, I am excited when the big color brands announce their colors of the year and dream about how I can use the colors in a design, different global styles or color palettes so you can use the new colors.
When I first saw Benjamin Moore's color of the year 2020, "First Light", I thought "meh".
I am not a pink / blushing person and generally like to work with pastel colors in rich colors. I also love the global style of interior design and most global styles have a richer color palette. When I use pink, I like being brave or going home, for example, with a deep, rich fuchsia! I found "First Light" boring. Even for home staging, where I usually choose more neutral colors to help sell homes, this color has enough color to make it "too pink" for most shoppers.
Benjamin Moore describes it as a "soft, rosy color that blossoms with potential," and they say "a refreshing wash of pink, First Light 2102-70 raises ".
According to the color data, "First Light" is a warm red hue that is adjacent to yellow / red, is very bright, and has low color saturation or saturation. Note that I have not said anything about "undertones" (just forget this meaningless term). How it will look on your wall depends on the color family (red), the light, the surrounding colors and your own vision.
I decided to challenge myself to develop a design that I like to use as wall paint "First Light". Soon after, I heard about a design contest for eDesigner of Edesign Tribe I'm proud to be able to supply a design for a master bedroom. I thought, OK, First Light, Bring It On! How can I create a beautiful, global-style bedroom with you that is interesting, unique and yet colorful?
For the competition some empty room photos and measures were made available to us. We could do any style we wanted and choose who our ideal customer was.
My "ideal customer" is a single working woman who prefers a more neutral color palette, wants a quiet space for her bedroom and, of course, likes pink. She likes mixing modern and vintage pieces with a touch of glamor and global styling.
Here's the concept board with the floor plan and the elements that I chose for the design. The left door leads to the main bathroom, the middle door is the cupboard and the right door is the entrance to the bedroom. As this southern wall is mainly a travel corridor, there is no furniture. Only one " The frame TV"That can show art when not used near the bathroom door, and my unique fractal art clock on the wall between the entrance and the cupboard.
I was looking for inspiration, looking for two key pieces, a global style rug and a nice bed.
I found this beautiful hand woven wool rug from India in the colors blush, olive, cream and black, which was a global style focus and set the color palette for the rest of the room.
The beautiful bed has beautiful curves that stand out from the straight lines of the carpet. The dark metal blends well with the black of the carpet. It has the old world charm and a vintage flair.
To work with the wrought iron and vintage look of the bed, I chose other metal accents such as the dresser and side tables in fine pattern aluminum, an iron and crystal chandelier for a touch of glamor, and an antique hammered metal lamp. I thought the metals would provide a little masculine energy to balance the feminine energy of the pink walls.
I have added a variety of global styles and natural elements in pink, rouge and various shades that resemble "First Light".
To get the olive color out of the carpet and other harmonious shades of green, I chose a soft side chair, green side table lamps, art and plants. The greens and greens / blues blend perfectly with First Light as they complement each other on the opposite side of the color wheel.
To add depth and highlight the other colors, I've added black and white accents.
Here is the final design that was created as a 3D computer render, and some close-up views.
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I hope you love this design as much as I do and you will drop by and vote for my design! The vote for the competition will take place from 13 to 15 December. I will post the link for the vote on December 13 HERE.
You may wonder if I like the color now, where the design is done. Not really. I love the design! I love the color combinations, the mixture of male and female, softness and hardness, the mixture of straight lines and curves, the sense of serenity that the room evokes. It seems to be a wonderful place to wake up in a beautiful bed at "first light" and then cuddle up on the sheepskin rug and a great cup of coffee on the soft chair with bare feet as the sun rises.
It just shows that you can create something beautiful by putting together the right design elements, even if you do not have everything you want. This is a great thing to remember when designing your design or when you are redesigning and working with what you already have. I hope it also assures you that a good designer can design something that you love, even if it's not something they love. It's only about you!
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