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You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day — but there are no rules against your walls.

White is almost a magic wand for interior spaces; it has the power to completely transform even the most uninspiring rooms. It also has the ability to smooth out imperfections in walls or cover up that annoying steam pipe or rough patch. This surprisingly versatile color — yes, I said color — expands and unifies any space it acquires by forcing the eyes to focus on the area within a room instead of its boundaries. However, this modern design trend can be difficult to perfect. Monochrome interiors, especially white ones, can easily look unfinished. Here are some tips for those of you looking to whitewash your living spaces.

To avoid looking flat, focus on contrasting textures. By mixing varying textures, the eye still has plenty to take in even if the color scheme is nothing but white. This makes the room seem just as rich as if it was drenched in florescent tie dye.

Grass ClothImage via Lonny

Notice that the walls are almost stark white and the furniture is minimal, but the textural element of the grass cloth brings everything together and gives the entire room a warm, inviting feel.

Inhabit Wall PanelImage via Inhabit

Go for bold with a dramatic 3-D wall panel. This ultra modern look is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Sculptural wall tiles are available at a variety of interior stores and installation is a breeze.

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After three incredible months of working at HGTV.com, last Friday marked my final day as an intern (insert waterfall of tears here). I still can’t believe how quickly this summer flew by, but as they say, that’s just what happens when you’re having fun. I’ve loved every minute of this job, but it’s time for me to head back to school to complete my final year studying Journalism and Psychology at NYU.

So, for my last post, I decided to stick with the back-to-school theme and throw together a little lesson for you inspired by my secondary major: Psychology! Today’s psychology class will be focused on color and how the hues we choose for our home can affect how we feel.
Color Psychology
As cited on Pantone’s website, “Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is known as chromodynamics.” For example, some studies have shown red stimulates the senses, while blue has a more calming effect.

These reactions are thought to be caused by our subconscious association of colors with their occurrences in nature — red with fire, blue with water, etc. Whatever the exact reason, when re-designing your home, consider not only which paint is the prettiest, but also what feelings a certain color may create. Before I get carried away nerd-ing out over psych theories, here’s a basic overview on the psychology of color.

Color Psychology

Red: Bold and Energetic
Red is considered a high-arousal color and has been shown to stimulate one’s senses, so adding red to a room instantly evokes energy. Plus, since we psychologically associate red with hot natural elements like fire, the color itself creates feelings of warmth in any room. Consider covering your walls in a deep red hue to make an area of your home feel more intimate, or incorporate red accents in a room that needs a dose of vivacity.

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Meg's dip dye pillow

There is something about the mellow, organic vibe dip-dying creates that is so lovely and oh-so-summer, to me. A deceivingly easy DIY, considering how intimidating it looks. I’ve tried my stained hands at this many times before (Re: wear gloves), and shared the in-progress process and the results on my blog, Nest. Liz touched upon this trend a few weeks ago in her Color of the Month post, so clearly we are all digging the dye right now.

Meg's dip dye lamp on Nest

This week I felt the need to share just how simple it can be to create the look over on HGTV Handmade.

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Please DO try this at home. The result is really quite dreamy and I can see this being a great addition to any couch, bedroom, or even a pop of custom color in a new dorm room.

Anthropologie's dip dye linen duvet set

Inspired by this lush and lovely dip-dye duvet set at Anthropologie, I took the project into a home textile place with a set of dip-dye pillows in a palette of blues and purple for my HGTV Handmade video.

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I think we’re all still recovering from 2012 or “The Year of Neon.” While neon accents are still super fun and trendy, we’re now seeing a refreshing resurgence of pastels that are anything but bland. HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams takes this pretty and sophisticated color trend to a whole new level with their brand-new color collection, Softer Side. These nature-inspired hues will translate beautifully in your interior, no matter your design style.

With the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Softer Side color collection, you can take pastels and mix them with neutrals or add unexpected pops of color. Check out our favorite ways to use this versatile palette:

HGTV Home Softer Side Collection

These pastels coordinate beautifully with HGTV HOME fabric, upholstery, furniture and lighting.

HGTV Home Softer Side Collection

Plus, this color collection can even be bold, balanced or showcase hints of subtlety like in these contemporary spaces.

HGTV Home Softer Side Collection

HGTV Home Softer Side Color Collection

Explore more of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams’ brand-new Softer Side color collection to see how you can add these hues to your home.

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As a child, I was obsessed with changing up my room’s design scheme and color palette. It started with a frilly pink bedspread and canopy, then gradually matured to sunshine-yellow walls with a cool denim comforter. By the time I was midway through high school, I was sporting tan walls and leopard print everything. My parents let me express myself through the years, and while cringe-worthy at times, it has been important to my personal design style today.

Look at your child’s room as a place to lay the foundation, a place where they can grow. First, decide what purpose the space will serve; is it just a room for rest, or does it double as a playroom, too? This will determine the palettes you choose. Hues like gray, turquoise, lime and creamsicle are soft enough for a child but can take them into the tween and teen years with ease.

Looking for inspiration for your kiddo? Here some of my favorite youthful paint palettes:

Kids Bedroom

Bright Green Boy’s Room: Designer duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz took the bright green hue from the crystal chandelier and painted the ceiling a matching shade. The fifth wall is also a nice complement to the toile wallpapered accent wall.

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Summer days are ahead, which means it’s time for a home refresh. Switch out those cold-weather color tones and thick fabrics for something lighter, fresher and more energetic. The easiest way to add cheer to your home is through bright paint colors. Yellow is probably the first color that comes to mind. Resembling sunshine, this color tone will instantly add life to a room. You aren’t a fan of yellow, you say? Keep reading for tips on how you can use almost any color of the rainbow to add life to your home’s interior.

Crisp Green

Elegant Hallway

Green is more versatile than you think. Choose a darker shade for a dramatic look, or go with a lighter shade for a crisp, airy look like designer Shelly Riehl David did in this elegant hallway.

Try These Other Energetic Colors

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A refreshing wall hue (like a blue or green) can make your home feel brand new, but it doesn’t take gallons of paint to spruce up the place. If you have a half-empty can or paint samples, you can still make colorful crafts designed to elevate the mood in just about every room. Check out these clever ways to make the most of your last painting project’s leftovers.

5 Painting Crafts to Refresh Your Home

Photo: Alison Gootee

If you have paint samples or pints: Dress up a dresser
If you only have a small stash of paint, this idea from HGTV Magazine is for you. Just take the color you have (like this cool blue) and mix it with a bit of white paint for an eye-catching ombre effect on an old dresser.

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There is something so extraordinarily stunning about a cool white room. The simple, crisp look is so calming and peaceful. Plus, white rooms exude elegance and style. Add a couple of deep green plants and botanical prints, and you have the perfect space.

white roomsStar | Rustic Glamor | Brick | Perfect Symmetry | Farm Wood Floors | Armoire | Sink | Kitchen | Cranes

MORE: BROWSE 1000+ WHITE ROOMS IN DESIGNERS’ PORTFOLIO>>

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In my shared home, my bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s my sleeping quarters, my dressing room, my screening room and my library. It’s the perfect place to have a quiet moment to myself, and for this reason I have spent quite a bit of time making it a fun, peaceful place to relax. The color scheme in your bedroom most definitely plays a part in how the room can make you feel. For this reason, I chose light gray, white and yellow for a soft, calming feel. Maybe you’re more of a bright orange or deep red kind of person. These bedrooms from Designers’ Portfolio prove that any color can make a huge impact – so choose wisely.

bedroom color schemes

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I’m one of  those Pinterest people. You know the type. Their DIY board is a mile long and they pin to it every day but they’ve never done a single project. I’m also one of those people that will refuse to buy a certain product because “I could totally make that myself.” Sigh. I promise I’m on the path to recovery. I’m going into my new place with a confident, do-it-yourself mindset. And last week I conquered the first furniture makeover for my new place.

So, I’ve become mildly obsessed with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan after a demo here in the office. I used a few colors (Henrietta and Paris Grey, to be exact) and some painter’s tape to completely transform a $10 laminate tripod table I found on Craigslist into a colorful, geometric show-stopper. I don’t want to boast, but she’s stunning. That project opened up Pandora’s box.

Chalk Paint Table Design

My second furniture transformation project happened yesterday on a whim. Two months ago, I fell in love with a gold, ornate floor mirror at one of my favorite antique shops. The owner marked $75 off the price, I loaded her up and drove away feeling like a proud mother. Two of the edges were severely tarnished, so I decided I’d just give it a fresh coat of paint and make it my own. After using the Chalk Paint®, I knew I wanted my mirror to have more of a matte finish and less of a lacquered look, so I used the same Graphite hue that Marianne used on her sheepskin rocking horse. I could only give it one coat of paint before the rain started, but I was able to actually get in all the tiny crevices and remove most of the gold. Today I plan on applying coat number two and a clear wax to finish.

See Kayla’s Painted Mirror

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The bold color palette of Saguaro Palm Springs is the work of renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, of New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture. The property has been infused with hues that reflect the indigenous flowers of the Southwestern desert.

This photo is pretty Pin-worthy, don’t you think?

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Colorful Saguaro Hotel of Palm Springs

The Saguaro Hotel on E. Palm Canyon Dr.

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Here at D-Happ headquarters, we’ve skipped straight from winter coat weather to strappy sandal season. Now that the breeze is more balmy than bitter cold, it’s time to dust off that picnic table and dine outdoors.

I love how this sweet table setting’s raspberry, sky blue and fuchsia palette creates a sweet, old-fashioned vibe. This might be the same color combo that graces many a little girls’ room, but the fuchsia accents make it decidedly adult. Don’t you just want to linger at the table? (In between bike rides, of course.)

Raspberry Pink and Blue Color Table Setting Color Palette

Table Setting :: Vintage Bicycles

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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Carrot cake is one of my favorite spring desserts — it’s comforting, homey and just a little bit spicy. (Also, there is cream cheese frosting.)  This Moroccan-inspired bathroom’s palette is like the design equivalent of the beloved cake: It not only matches the warm, neutral tones, but the worldly accent pieces, modern geometric tile and striped curtains add just enough spice to this mostly-neutral space.

Orange and Cream Bathroom Color Palette: Tuesday Huesday on HGTV's Design Happens

Moroccan Bathroom :: Carrot Cake

I think I will have one of each: one inviting bathroom, one slice of cake. How about you?

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

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This month, Google lifted the veil off its massive and beautiful data centers. These facilities are typically shrouded in secrecy because they are the brains behind tech companies.

The company has been working on building its data centers for over 10 years. Google’s centers take advantage of renewable energy and are environmentally friendly.

Google

Google

It looks like a child’s playground, doesn’t it?

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Choosing the right paint color can be agonizing. Right now, there’s a surge of HGTV.com readers who are searching for the perfect hues.

Mixing Paint Colors and Patterns, From HGTV Magazine

Photo Source: HGTV Magazine

Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Oh, the right paint color can really transform a room! It can intentionally make a space have a cool and slick feeling, or cozy it up in a few strokes of a saturated roller.”

He says, “I think the colors that have underlying tones of grey are just perfect for the trends happening right now. A great one that has a slight bit of warmth is Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Color-Storm AF-700. Another favorite is Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Color-Wisteria AF-585, which has a tint of lavender in it. It’s a tone that is surprisingly gender neutral, and provides a great backdrop for so many color combinations when accessorizing.”

He then says, “One of my go-to colors is sort of not even a color… Benjamin Moore’s Black Chalkboard paint is the best non-color to really set off a room! When applied it reads a dark charcoal hue, making anything surrounding it just POP! I just used the chalkboard paint for a makeover show, George to the Rescue. The results were spectacular!”
Gorgeous grey paint color, room designed by Tyler Wisler
Sound like fun? Check out 30 creative ways to use chalkboard paint around the house or just buy a few chalkboard decals.
Turn a plain piece of wood into a whimsical DIY headboard with chalkboard paint and a handmade stencil, like this one designer Maureen Toribio created.
If you’re looking for a new paint color, try not to agonize. Even if you do, sometimes it pays to be indecisive. You can use your leftover mini paint jar samples for a DIY project. Check out 8 ideas from HGTV Magazine.

What changes are you looking to make around the house? Let us know…or just keep clicking.

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Fall is the perfect time of the year to embark on easy home decorating projects you may have been putting off for the past few months. Let’s be honest, who wants to paint or remodel the inside of a house during a 100-degree scorching summer? Now that the weather is crisp and cool, open the windows and give your home’s interior the easiest transformation – with paint!

Leading paint company Benjamin Moore provides products to get the job done both inside and out. Their Aura paint with Color Lock technology prevents paint colors from rubbing off or fading over time. Color pigments and waterborne resins are bonded together throughout the paint rather than just on the surface, producing a richer and more striking color. Plus, the Aura paint provides instant durability by resisting surface stains and looking freshly-painted for years. And guess what? You’re not limited to a color selection. The Aura paint is available in the entire Benjamin Moore color collection, consisting of more than 3,400 stunning hues. So, let’s start shopping for paint colors, shall we?

I pulled out some of my favorite seasonal-inspired Benjamin Moore paint palettes to celebrate the beginning of fall. They’re not the traditional pumpkin-orange, chocolate-brown and marigold you’re used to seeing. I’m looking at the trendy hues of fall 2012 — raspberry, charcoal, plum, peacock blue and chartreuse.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint

Warm, Balanced Kitchen: A rich color like firenze is perfect for rooms with white accents and architectural details, like this traditional kitchen. A palette of orange with lavender accents is naturally evocative of fall and perfect to create a warm and homey feel year-round.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint

Elegant, Urban Living Room: A deep purple, that almost borders on gray, is one of the hottest hues of the season, especially when paired with soft pastels like cream and blush.

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint

Dramatic Dining Room: Nothing says elegance quite like a mix of rich royal blue and coppery gold. In this dining room the blue anchors the room, while the gold serves as a striking accent.

See More Fall-Inspired Paint Palettes From Benjamin Moore

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It’s been quite a summer, color-wise. We started things off with wild and crazy Neon, then we toned it down with beachy Driftwood Grey. Now here we are in August, and the temperatures are climbing. After weeks of blue skies and candy colored sundresses, my eyes are craving a break. Something cool and crisp that feels effortlessly classic and perfectly modern all at once. That’s right, for August we are all about the color white.

Color of the Month - White (Alvhem Interiors)

photo: Alvhem Interiors

After an intense debate, Grant was voted this month’s winner among the color team with his clever “White: Yes, it’s happening.” Pinterest board. Grant came in ready to defend this colorless color, but in the end we didn’t take much convincing. White is everywhere right now, from floors to furniture. White works with traditional styles, as seen in the lovely Scandinavian breakfast nook above, and with super modern styles like the pod chairs and lacquered floor below.

Color of the Month - White (Richard Powers)

photo: Richard Powers

So what say you, eagle-eyed Design Happens readers? Do you dare to decorate with white?

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