One of the most effective ways to add life to a room is to add color. Color sets the mood, and can be introduced into a room in a variety of ways, from paint to fabric, to an infinite number of decorative details such as painting, window curtains, and new bedding. Adding a colorful comfort set and matching window curtains can instantly make a room more cozy or airy. Rooms can feel more serene, casual or energetic through the use of a colorful bedding pattern or by painting a wall. With so many possibilities in bedding, and a multitude of colors in window curtains, it is easy to become confused. However, remember that the most persuasive argument about use of color remains personal preference. Tips on how to apply color and determine which colors are most appealing to you and are shown below. Adding new colors and patterns can be fun and exciting and less intimidating when you apply just a few rules. Use the following tips to make color an element of beauty and self expression in your home decorating.
Color is the most exciting tool at the designer's disposal. Many decorators use the color wheel as a key starting point for understanding color. Invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666, the color wheel became a standard tool in art and design education. One side of the color wheel has colors of red, orange, yellow--the advancing colors--and on the other side of the wheel are the receding colors of green, blue and violet. The color wheel illustrates the relationships between colors and helps the designer devise successful color schemes.
For the self decorator, which includes most of our customers, the color wheel can be a bit confusing at first. When choosing a color we simply tell our Linen Locker customer to study the color patterns in nature. Nature's color schemes are always beautiful, so therefore when having trouble choosing a color we advise letting nature be your guide. God's creativity and unstoppable productivity can never be underestimated, natures colors always coordinate and belong together.
The easiest way to understand colors is to divide them into four categories: Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter. The first palette is the summer color palette. Happy colors such as pinks, yellows, and light blues that give you the feeling of a summer day are included in this color palette. These lovely summer colors are cheerful and quite often used in bedrooms, kitchens and children's rooms. Blue and white rooms are generally fresher, cooler and more serene. That is why you will see more beach houses decorated in these soothing summer colors. Included in the Spring color palette is periwinkles, greens and yellows. Colors like vibrant golds, tulip reds and grassy greens will bring spring into any room. You only have to look to your garden in the spring for inspiration to find soft pastel shades in pinks, lavenders, and delicate greens. These beautiful colors are most popular in the dining room and family room. Autumn or fall colors are darker gold, orange, rust, and red--all the hues of fall. These are flexible colors and can be used anywhere in your home. Red, orange, and brick and are ideal for warming up spaces in cold climates, rooms without impressive architectural features, and spatially challenged apartments. These warmer tones make rooms more livable. The winter palette of burgundies, purples and olives are quite often used in living rooms, dens and offices. These winter colors will be seen in the cozy mountain home, or even in southwest bedding designs. There is no such thing as a bad color, just bad combinations.
Choosing colors in bedding is most people's favorite part of the decorating process. Fortunately, sources for bedding are endless. The Linen Locker website is a perfect example of the largest selection of the best bedding companies in the United States. We have endless colorful bedding patterns. Companies like Croscill Home Fashions, Thomasville Bedding, Veratex Bedding, Arley Bedding, Laura Ashley and Lawrence Home Fashions are just a few of quality bedding examples by the best designers that keeps the bedding fashion moving.
One of our most popular bedding lines that has the best example of nature's colors is Thomasville Bedding. Bedding such as Blue Lagoon, Tahitian Sunset, and Bird of Paradise are examples of the hues of the tropics. You can see the color just by reading their names. Add one of these bedding patterns to your bedroom, then build on a favorite color within the tropical colors of a sunset, blue green ocean, or tropical foliage. Thomasville bedding lines such as Poetry, Ferngully, or Juliette bring out the colors of beautiful english gardens. Thomasville designers did not forget to add more serious floral patterns, and in this category they offer the Queens Gate, Melrose, and Ferngully bedding. Thomasville bedding has styles and colors of nature for everyone including their Southwestern hues and patterns. Patchouli, Cheyenne and Guest Cabin Bedding will add a touch of soft sunsets, purple canyons, and rusty shadows. Colors of Summer, Spring, Fall, and Winter can be found in a huge assortment of designs that Thomasville has created. By choosing bedding that has an array of coordinating components such as window curtains, decorative pillows, and matching fabric you can bring as much of a color into a room as you choose.
Most linen and bedding designers look to the color trends in the fashion industry when choosing colors for a new bedding line. In recent years, fashion and bedding have been competing style influences. Rich colors in bedding and delicate tailoring details have entered our home through quilts, window curtains, and bedding. By using the fashion industry's color ideas, you can experiment with color ideas before making a large purchase. You can most often see this expressed in the designs of Croscill Home Fashions, or Veratex Bedding, Lawrence Home Fashions, and Melrose Home Fashions. Croscill Home Fashions bedding lines with their new fashionable fabrics include the beautiful garnet tones of Sienna Stripe, the spicy mix of color in Opulence bedding and the elegant red tones in Harvest Manor. Croscill Home Fashions also has added some of the fashionable colors by adding the bedding patterns Carrington Stripes and Caitlyn Bedding. While Croscill Home Fashions is considered to be a high fashion and luxurious bedding line, we can discount the new and highly effective colors in Lawrence Home Fashions and Melrose bedding. Brown and aqua are the "in" colors for the year, and Lawrence and Melrose have several of these hot colors in their bedding line in luxurious fabrics and contemporary styles.
Decorating your home by adding new color is not a new concept. Hopefully you will find an array of practical and imaginative ideas on linenlocker.com to help you make your own versions of color an integral part of your home.
You can find all of the bedding companies and bedding patterns that we have named on the Linen Locker website.