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Changing your decor is a matter of balancing color, texture, and light. Here are ways to make these design elements your ally as you transform your space.

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Color, texture, and light can have an enormous impact on how a room feels when you enter it, especially when their strengths are combined. They aren’t just design elements; they also impact the mood of anyone who spends time in that room. How do you make color your best ally in creating the kind of spaces you want?

Take a look at these home decor color ideas to use as your way to transform your home for the better.

Texture Creates Nostalgia

Think about the idea of the quintessential grandmother’s living room. It might be a cliché to imagine everything covered in crochet, lace, and quilted patterns, but rooms inspired by older time periods often have these texture details.

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That’s how easy it is to create a nostalgic feel with the textures you choose for your room: lace accents and knitted or crocheted throw blankets, especially when combined with antique furniture, make a room feel like it came out of another time.

Color Plays with Energy

Red is for passion and blue is for calm, say the color experts. You can evoke a certain mood with your color choices, especially when it comes to painting the walls. But you don’t have to drown in each color’s “mood” when choosing wall colors or accents for your rooms.

If you love red, use it as an accent and balance it with neutral colors. Keep the room calm with blues, but add a pop of cheer with yellow throw pillows or a pale rug. Offset each color’s emotional temperature by being smart with how you balance it.

Texture Impacts a Room’s “Noise”

Most people think of bright colors when they think of a room that feels “loud,” but texture can do just as much to create that feeling. A room with a lot of light-reflection, from mirrors and metal surfaces, can feel overwhelming and loud if the visual stimuli aren’t balanced with softer textures.

Similarly, a room with too many soft, fuzzy surfaces will feel sleepy and sometimes even juvenile. To keep from being constantly on edge or in a drowsy state, take stock of your textures. If you have too much of one kind, add something new to the mix.

Color is in the Lighting

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The way color and lighting combine in a room can completely change the color effects on mood. A bright yellow room that also gets a lot of direct sunlight goes from cheerful to stressful. A room with a dark accent wall, but without many windows, can feel confining and depressing.

Lighting is also your ticket to using bold, bright colors without overwhelming your decor. Put a dark accent wall in a room with lots of natural light. Use pale colors in darker rooms to make them feel larger. You control the feeling without losing out on your favorite color choices.

Simple elements plus your imagination

So, how does color, texture, and lighting combine to affect mood and visual effects? The answer is really up to you. Guidelines are there to help you make good design choices, but you’re the one who gets to live in the space. Simple elements like colors and textures and the lighting that combines to make your imagination into reality can be as bold or as soft of a mood statement as you want.

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Resources:

http://www.wral.com/marketplace/realestate/story/11553200/

http://cameliondesign.com/color-texture-pattern-work-together-interior-design/

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/basics/make-an-impact-with-texture/#page=3

http://www.fatrabbitcreative.com/blog/how_colors_speak_yellow_makes_babies_cry

 

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.