Our interior design expert says “yes!” to color. We so approve.
By Robin Baron
Here’s the goal: inspire you to help make your home everything.
With my decades of experience owning my firm, Robin Baron Design, based in New York City, my knowledge of designing and building new homes from the ground up as well as handling major (and minor) renovations, I bring all my passion and sure-fire tips and make it available to you.
My work has always been all about my clients, who they are, how they live, what they love and what their dreams and goals are. I believe that practicality and functionality are as important as the aesthetics, and they should all be considered to develop the foundation of any design, to create a truly fabulous living space…one that’s uniquely yours.
Let’s jump in, shall we?
Over the years, people started realizing how important interior design was to their well-being and lifestyle—how a home could make you feel empowered in your life. It’s gotten to the point that when I go to a party, as soon as someone finds out that I’m an interior designer, I get inundated with questions—not unlike a doctor continuingly getting asked about someone’s health concerns by someone they just met.
One of the most common questions I get asked is about paint. We all know how important painting a room can be. It’s one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways you can give your room a new look. What most people don’t know, however, is how to choose the right hue, or tone, for a specific space.
Now you do:
• Work with the natural light in a room, don’t work against it
• For smaller, darker rooms, use colors with more depth. Paint the walls a deeper color, using colors that have more pigment. Your inclination may be to use lighter colors to make the space look bigger but go with the flow and make the space cozy and more intimate
• On the flip side, for larger rooms with lots of natural light, go lighter with your paint colors. Lean into the more expansive feeling of this space
And, of course, don’t forget the ceiling, the fifth wall! The ceiling is an often-missed opportunity to make a statement. You can punctuate a look or add an unexpected twist to the room. And if you’re loving a white ceiling…know that all whites aren’t the same. There’s something special about white-on-white spaces that use multiple whites that all play off each other.
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