Design & Finishes

Off the Wall: International trends in color, paint and wallpaper

Color can change the energy of any space

Color can play a key role in home-purchase decisions. Neutral colors are often recommended to maximize the potential of any room; however, a good color palette can change the energy of any space, creating a more comfortable and personal style. Homeowners express their personality through choice of color, paint and wallpaper.

LX joined interior design specialists Julia Buckingham, Patrick O’Donell and Amy Vroom together with Luxury Portfolio International to explore the latest trends in color.

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Motor City Redux by Julia Buckingham

The role of color in today’s lifestyle

With the pandemic we realized that color and expression really shows who we are. We based ourselves in the first impression people got from the zoom background. Thats why color can help in the way we feel and interact with others. Choosing the right colors besides decorating, can drives to subconscious decisions.

We live in a very stimulating world, lack of color can create a need to repurpose peoples life. Adding a dynamic energy into the lifestyle starts with the space you create around you; color builds a happy vibe so including vibrant palettes in the house makes more likely to people to buy a house.

A great tip… start with the mood board. A mood board is a visual tool that communicates ideas and feelings. It creates not only an aesthetic reference but allows the self expression; people spend a lot of time in their homes, so using colors or patterns that make them feel good and active is key when decorating.

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Midcentury Remodel by Amy Vroom

Ideal approaches to the choice of color, paint and wallpaper for houses and apartments

There are rules for particularly spaces. Too much color in different walls detracts attention. Not everything should be neutral, color can add an extra touch to any room, there is a misconception about this and if you go too bold, you are going to scare people away. Adding color can inspire something in the client by giving personality to the house therefore work on what you feel.

The 60-30-10 rule is a classic decor rule that helps create a color palette for a space. It states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent.

The 60-30-10 rule is good but trust your inner guidance. Start by adding pops of color to create a mood board is the key. Paint and wallpaper should never dominates the room, it should complement the rest of the things happening. The best strategy is to go room by room keeping the “thread” that keep them all together.

Layering is personality and light is as important as color, every room requires different lights that complements the color palette. The art light is there to be creative so light and bright spaces as much as possible.

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Wallingford Residence by Amy Vroom

Finishing touches are the key, curation is important, take risks in color to improve the room. At the end of the day, going with what inspires people and making them feel like home is the most important aspect.

Paying attention to the feelings that certain colors inspire and focusing on details can make a room a new favorite place for those who live in the house.