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How-To Bring Emotion to Your Home: Colors and Texture

November 19, 2013 6:24 pm

(BPT) - Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.

It's important to give your home new energy by occasionally redecorating one or more rooms. When redecorating a room to create a new emotion in your home, be sure to consider all the elements, from the floors to the ceiling, that harmoniously work together in developing the room's ambiance. Here are some elements that can define a room's emotion, whether you seek the look of a European industrial sleek getaway, or a rural rustic retreat.

Flooring - Colors, patterns and even sheen work together to create feelings in a room through flooring. Flooring options range from stone, marble, ceramic and wood - to name a few - and all of these come in a multitude of colors and patterns. Some homeowners choose to design their floors to blend in, creating a neutral backdrop for the rest of the room's decorations. Others design the floor to be the focal point of the space, with dramatic colors. Work with a designer to determine what style of flooring will help create the feeling you want in your room. Bigger pieces allow for smaller grout joints thus facilitating maintenance and creating an increased perception of the space.

Walls - A warm, almost rustic ambiance permeates a room surrounded with beautiful grained wood decorating the walls. However, wooden walls also require a bit of maintenance with cleaning and refinishing, and can be easily scratched or dented. A great way to keep the beautiful look of wood with durability against dents and scratches is to use ceramic tiles that emulate the grain and striation of oak wood, extending the warmth of the room for a modern or rustic base. Because they're ceramic tile, they are durable, easy-to-clean and hypoallergenic.

Or consider bringing texture into your room by adding visible and touchable textures with dramatic raised patterns to your walls. Wall coverings range from refined to intense, creating beautiful sculptured finishes to walls. These interesting and unique designs can immediately transform the energy in a room as a feature wall.

Furniture lines - Bathrooms are usually the first rooms to be upgraded and redecorated, because guests and homeowners alike use them so frequently. Often these rooms are small; using wall mounted vanities and furniture with clean lines can help create a larger sense of the space. Geometric patterns also impart a sense of order to a room. The Porcelanosa Ciclo series capitalizes on this concept, with wall-hanging vanities, pivoting wall shelving units and raised sinks to illustrate geometric patterns highlighting excellent - but out of view - storage.

Discuss with your designer your thoughts on flooring, walls and furniture lines to create the perfect blend of emotions in your room's decor. Once finished, it will be a room you'll enjoy spending time in, and can't wait to show off to visiting guests this holiday season.

Source: Porcelanosa

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