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New Zealand company Resene’s forecasts for 2012

Continuing my January theme of searching for trends in this blog I look at the New Zealand paint company Resene. Resene forecasts for interior design a cheerful optimistic colour range of yellows, oranges and reds for 2012. But they suggest tranquil blues and greens with a vibrant mix of purples; mustards and earthy tones will also be fashionable this season.

Concept board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

In 2012 bold patterned, textured, metallic and paintable wallpapers will be right on trend according to Resene. Feature walls will continue to be popular; making a statement in a room still in vogue. Textures with flock papers in large floral and damask designs will also prove popular.

Concept board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

Resene is a New Zealand paint company and is well known for leading the development of environmentally sustainable surface coatings in that country. They produced their first waterborne paints in 1951 and the removal of lead from decorative paints in the late 1960s. Their first ‘green’ paint range was launched in 1996.

Concept board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

When Australian College QED launched their Interior Design and Decorating course in 2006 Resene very kindly provided the college with a professional colour box for each students. So I have been aware of this great company since then. I have created a few concept boards for this blog featuring Resene paints, wallpapers and curtains.

Featuring Pantone Color of the 2012 Tangerine Tango and Dulux Orange Color trend 2012

Orange is really in vogue this season. I am not too fond of orange but I just love the red orange colors available in fashion, décor and other items. One of my favorite pastimes at this time of year is watching the Australian Open Tennis. It reminds me of the times I spent with my mother in law discussing the characters and fashions on court. This year the stand out (I think) is the Stella McCartney red orange tennis dress worn by Caroline Wozniacki.

Image via http://www.tennis.com

Last week I sang at a friend’s wedding and surprised everyone by wearing a red orange layered dress with a matching shrug and fascinator.  I tend to wear lighter more subdued colors. I must admit I really enjoyed the change and plan to add more bright, oranges, melon and peach colored items to my wardrobe.

Concept Board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

The orange range created by Dulux this year is a nostalgic look back to the oranges of the 60s and 70s. The vintage colors are homely and fresh. The deep tones can be used to create a homey relaxed atmosphere. The lighter tints can create a sense of sunny freshness making people feel alive.

Red orange is a great color to use in dining rooms or restaurants as it can stimulate conversation and appetite. The Pantone color of 2012 is the vibrant fun Tangerine Tango 17 – 1463. It is a reddish orange with just enough yellow to make it a friendly, bright exciting hue.

Concept Board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

I have used Pantone’s color of 2012 ‘Tangerine Tango’ and the Dulux ‘Time Honoured’ as inspiration for the concept boards featured in this blog. I have been meaning to mention my spelling of words like color. I often use Australian spellings like colour and honoured instead of honored. Sometimes I forget to use US spellings in my blog. Hope you don’t find this confusing.

Black, white, grays and charcoal still in vogue for 2012

The versatility of black, charcoal, white and beige will still be in vogue this season. Elegant color schemes can be developed with the range of colors called Re- Set from Dulux. Classic whites, beiges and silver grays are being used with metallic and soft pewter finishes.

Sample board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

A more casual look can be achieved by going back to basics and keeping it simple using off white, grey, charcoal with touches of timber. An inside out feel is achieved by repeating the same colors in the outdoor areas. The trend of darker shades for outside spaces will this year be replaced with soft whites and grays.

The aim is to create a sense of spaciousness and accentuate natural light inside and out. The classic less is more and back to simplicity as a backdrop is highly desired.

2012 Blue Colour Trend: Immerse yourself or room in Dulux’s range of blues

Welcome to the first Creative Buzzing blog for 2012. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and you have a happy and successful 2012. I thought I would spend the first blogs of the year checking out the color trends for 2012. Looks like being a vibrant color year.

Dulux this year is following the fashion trend with its range of blues for 2012. The range of tonal blues can create ocean inspired colour schemes. Interior designers are mixing darker and lighter blues and using them with transparent and textural accessories.

 

Colour Board created by Rosena on Sampleboard.com

The blues are popular in women’s shoe, dress and handbag fashions. The different shades of blue are available in textiles, decor, glassware and plastic items. The multiple vibrant and close to white blue hues can be layered to create depth. Blue is often the star in color surveys with many people stating blue is their favorite color. So the wonderful range of blues available should prove to be a hit this season.

 

The Color Theory of Shigenobu Kobayashi

I just love color (colour) the more I learn the more want to know and realize I don’t know. One of the first books on color I bought when I was in college; ‘The Art of Color’ by Johannes Itten. Lately I have been revisiting the color theories of Shigenobu Kobayashi.

Mood Board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

Shigenobu I believed died earlier this year. He taught about color taste and helped people find their color taste by completing a number of color and word excerises. Basically he divides colors into warm, cool hard and soft he uses the ten hue Munsell System. Albert H Munsell a painter and art teacher developed a color system in 1915. The Munsell system has become the standard method of classifying colors.

Color Board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

Shigenobu then divided the warm soft, hard cool colors in to a number of other categories. For example soft warm colors are divided into romantic, pretty, casual, natural and elegant. Soft cool colors he catagorized as romantic, elegant, clear, cool casual, natural, elegant and chic. Warm hard colors he divided into dynamic, gorgeous, classic, wild, classic and dandy and chic. Cool hard colors are catagorized as modern, formal, dandy, cool casual, chic, and classic and dandy.

Color Board created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com

Another topic on color he explored was regional colors but that’s a whole topic in its self. The psychological color types he presents can assist people to put together a personal color profile. I found I tend toward warm soft and some cool soft colors and steer away from hard colors. I find it all  fascinating. As you probably know colors can change when viewed on different computers so forgive me if the colors appear incorrect.

Peaceful and serene interior design green

As stated in the past three blogs there are four basic personality types; sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholy. Hippocrates identified and labeled these four basic personality temperaments over 2000 years ago. Many people have studied the personality styles and used them to help with business, education, health and personal development. Having an understanding of people can be very helpful to the designer.

Easy to get on with, easy going non fuss phlegmatic

In the last of this series of blogs on personality styles the phlegmatic will be discussed. This sort of person is very laid back, an easy going and easy to get along no fuss sort of person. They are the sort of people who are the backbone of a family or business. You can rely on this person to be there.

Friendly wanting peace family most important  

The phlegmatic person can be an introvert and a pessimist. They prefer to follow rather than lead. Their easy relaxed personality makes them eager to please. They crave peace. In a group they will often sit back and watch others. Friendly, people orientated; family is most important to them. It is estimated sixty eight percent of the population have a dominance of phlegmatic personality traits.

Enviro Natural interior design suits the peaceful caring person

As they care about people, animals and the environment the Enviro Natural style of interior design would most suit them. These sorts of people like well loved often handmade objects around them. Not for them the uncluttered mini modern style.

Green and lazy Sunday afternoons

If this person was a colour I think they would be green. Their tendency to lean back instead of standing up straight gives the impression they value a peaceful, restful and casual life. This leads me to disclose the song I sang in my workshops to represent the phlegmatic. The song I chose; ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’. I’m singing it now and it continues like this ‘… got no time to worry’. Oh I can’t remember the rest or who wrote or sang the song.

Well that’s the end of the wee series of blogs on personality temperaments and the interior design styles I think would most suit them. All the sample boards in this blog were created by me Rosena on the eco friendly digital mood board creator sampleboard.com.  You to can play around with your design ideas by just following the link on the right. Just to recap

  • Sunny, happy, want to have fun sanguine Ethnic Cultural interior design colour yellow
  • Strong, on the run, choleric achiever Mini Modern interior design colour red
  • Sensitive, gentle, want everything perfect melancholy Traditional Cultural interior design style colour blue
  • Laid back, easy going, peaceful phlegmatic Enviro Natural interior design colour green

If you would like more information on the topic just click on these links

For the article Interior design with your personality in mind: The Phlegmatic Personality Type clink on the link below

http://www.sampleboard.com/creative-buzz/15

If you follow the link below you will find a blog post on how to sell interior design to people with a phlegmatic personality

https://creativebuzzing.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/designers-helping-the-phlegmatic-to-make-decisions-will-bring-success/

I will also again add the quick and easy personality quiz. Just in case you haven’t checked it out yet. It may give you an idea of what sort of person you are

Personality Quiz A5

Perfect Blue & Traditional Interior Design

The person with a melancholy personality wants a perfect world, to be perfect and wants everyone else to be perfect. They can make life hard for themselves. In the last two blogs I talked about the fun loving sanguine and the achieving choleric personalities and in the next blog I will finish this series of blogs with the laid back phlegmatic personality.

Melancholy wants perfection

People with a melancholy personality type are sensitive and deep thinkers. If you want a perfect job just call this person. They are usually shy, gentle, quiet and often tend to be loners. Many great artists had melancholy temperaments.

Shy deep thinking sensitive

Of the four interior design styles; Mini Modern, Ethnic Cultural, Enviro Natural and Traditional Cultural, the Traditional Cultural would suit the melancholy person best. They value beautiful things and great craftsmanship.

Traditional Cultural Interior Style

Now to the song; the song I selected in my workshops to help the participants recall the traits of the melancholy temperament ‘Blue Moon’. The words ‘blue moon you saw me standing alone without a song in my heart without a love of my own’. I thought the words illustrate how the poor melancholy person can take a long time to find a partner because they want perfection. They want a perfect mate and perfect relationship. So they can often find themselves alone.

Blue Moon and perfect subduing blue or maybe world of our own

The colour blue is subduing and tranquilizing this is the colour I selected to represent the melancholy person. The melancholy person is deep like the ocean and can often appear far away like they are in a world of their own. Just thought the Seekers song ‘World of Our Own’ could also be a match. Goes something like this;

We’ll build a world of our own that no one else can share.

All our sorrows we’ll leave far behind us there.

And I know you will find there’ll be peace of mind when we live in a world of our own.

So I’m singing away as I write this blog. It’s a habit of mine bursting into song at anytime and anywhere. If you would like more information on this temperament here is the link to the article Interior Design with Personality in Mind http://www.sampleboard.com/creative-buzz/14. You may also like to check out this link  it’s a blog about how to work well with the melancholy client https://creativebuzzing.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/designers-take-time-with-those-with-a-melancholic-mind/ I also have added a quick personality quiz.

Personality Quiz A5

All the Mood Boards in this blog were created by Rosena on SampleBoard.com. You can click on the board to get details. If you haven’t had ago at creating sample boards on sampleboard.com I invite you to do so. It’s easy it’s fun it’s a brilliant way to create eco friendly boards.

Edwardian bedrooms recreated in contemporary interior design colours

The interior design in bedrooms during the Edwardian era often had floral stripe wall papers in green, blue and pink. In Australia the range of wallpapers for interior design were available from Coles & Son. The Rose du Barri a floral stripe pattern in shades of green, blue and pink were popular. Also popular were the Cole’s Moirés. Radford Furnishings are the sole distributors of Coles and Son wallpapers to the design trade in Australia.

A fascinating site on the history of wallpaper is the Wallpaper History Society website   http://wallpaperhistorysociety.org.uk. There is a great video called Wallpaper That Moves http://vimeo.com/12600359

Interior decorators during the Edwardian era painted walls in the bedroom pink beige or apricot or milkshake or arctic blue. Magnolia was often used on the mouldings as was green with the cornice and ceiling painted white. The joinery in the bedrooms could also be painted a light bronze green or grey green or pale cream or grey green. Sometimes these surfaces were French polished or varnished. The chart below shows some British Standard colours used during this era.

The interior design project The Edwardian house I am working on was built in the 1920s. So some of the colours used during the 1920s could have been used. The 1920s interior colours tended to be stronger than those used during the Edwardian era. Shell pink, salmon pink, light cream and mushroom were popular for the body of the walls in the bedrooms. Ceilings and joinery were painted white. Sometimes joinery was just oiled or varnished in a redwood colour. The chart below shows some of the British Standard colours used in during 1920s.

You can see from the images of the bedrooms the house has decorative features from the 1920s. The architraves and skirting boards are still deep as in the previous eras but have plainer profiles .The fireplaces of the 1920s were as in this house simple in style with rectangular openings, small tiles and timber mantels and surrounds. The Edwardian fireplace tended to have arched openings and were more decorative. The doors used in this house are also in the later 1920 style with fewer panels and a high lock rails.

The paint colours I have selected for the bedrooms are modern versions of some of the traditional colours. The colours in the house at the moment are very dark and much duller than the photographs of the interiors indicate. I wonder if an interior decorator was called in and selected the colours. The colours really belong in a Victorian style home.

The skirting boards and joinery in the bedrooms will be painted Dulux Antique White USA. The ceilings are in very good condition and have informed my colour choices.  The walls in bedroom one will be painted in Dulux Garlic Suede a soft green picking up the lightest green in the fireplace tiles. Bedroom two will be painted in a pink beige colour called Tree Less. The blue cupboard doors will be repainted in the Tree Less colour. Bedroom three will be painted in Manila at half strength similar to Buttermilk BS 4052 and bedroom four will been painted in Great Star a soft green grey.

Although I have selected fabrics for the window treatments, curtains, pelmets and blinds the final selections will be made later as will the other fittings. Well I hope you have gleaned some useful information on the colours used in bedrooms during the Edwardian and 1920s eras and this will help you with your interior decorating.

Interior Designers often find they have to work with the colours already present in a home. In this home the ceilings in most rooms are highly decorative and are painted in the soft muted colours of the era. The fireplace tiles, the timber floors and wall panels and the stained glass windows have all had to be considered. As always the client’s desires have also been taken into account.

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Hints & Tints: Interior Decoration with Colour Images and Article Link

In this blog you will find the images I promised for those of you who have followed the link from the article ‘Hints and Tints Interior Decorating with Colour’

The images selected illustrate the points on colour discussed in the article. Images of the rooms are shown one with tinted light, cool colours showing how the colours make the rooms appear bigger due to the fact light/cool colours appear to recede.

In the second group of images the same rooms now have a mid colour. In the third group the warmer darker colours appear to advance into the rooms. The colours can make the rooms appear smaller and more intimate.

Tip: Sometimes it helps if you half close your eyes as you view the images

Many people consider colour the most important of the interior design elements. Colour can create moods, make a room appear bigger or make a room appear colder or warmer. It is a powerful interior decorating tool.

As stated in the article colours are basically light or dark, warm or cool. Light and cool colours tend to recede (when used on the walls of a room they can make the walls appear to move out) and can make a room appear bigger. Dark and warm colours appear to advance into a room and can make a room appear smaller.

You need to consider three many things when selecting colour, first is the aspect of the room. The second consideration is your personal preference and the third size and shape of the room.

If a room is large warm or dark colours can make it appear smaller. If the room is very long and narrow the short walls can be painted in a darker or warmer colour than the colour used on the longer walls. This will make to shorter walls appear to advance into the room in comparison to the longer walls, making the room appear shorter and wider.

If you would like to view the whole article just click on this link http://www.articlesbase.com/interior-design-articles/hints-with-tints-interior-decoration-with-colour-2636737.html

Louis Cheskin a market research pioneer and

founder of Cheskin Research states
‘The right colours are silent music:

the wrong colours irritate and disturb’
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The Interior Design with Your Personality in Mind Quick Mini Quiz


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Over the years I have developed a theory about the impact of interior design and colour selections on different personalities. It all started in the 1980’s. In the early 1980’s I studied art but soon realised I liked working with people as much as going art work.
We bought our first house and I wanted to decorate our home to a high standard. So I did a couple of interior design and decorating courses. This eventually lead a offer of a job as a kitchen designer. But I wanted to be involved with all aspects of design and applied and was accepted into the interior design course at the Queensland College of Art. I was delighted to find I could combine my artistic flare and my love of people with a career in interior design.
During the 1980’s I also became involved with success motivation and personality profiling. So began my interest in personality. Over the years I have studied psychology and counselling. I was and continue to be fascinated and study people and interior design.
I have written a series of four articles called ‘Interior Design with Your Personality in Mind’ if you would like to read the articles please follow this links below:
Part 1:
 
Part 2:
Part 3:
 
Part 4: 
http://www.articlesbase.com/interior-design-articles/interior-design-with-your-personality-in-mind-part-4-2403355.html                                                                                                                          
In the articles I provided a link to this blog. If you have read the articles and followed the link to the ‘Quick Personality Quiz’ here it is.
If you would like to do a full personality test go to http://www.discinsights.com/cyber/Scripts/disc.asp
If you want some fun go to http://www.gotoquiz.com/personality_plus_1 you will find a quiz on the subject connected to dating  
On reading this back I have noticed a few errors. The personality style most likely to have noticed and been annoyed with the errors would be the melancholy. Most of us do notice errors but the melancholy person likes perfect and therefore is most likely to be upset by the mistakes.
As designers we do need to be detailed people. For this reason I would usually go back and check for mistakes and the correct them. But for this blog I have noted the mistakes and left them. I have noticed it is very easy to make mistakes while blogging. I do try to double check but I am sure I miss a few so I hope you will forgive me.


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Frank Lloyd Wright stated  

A doctor can bury his mistakes 
but an architect can only advise 
his client to plant vines’  
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