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Color Scheme 1 - Analogous 'Urban Rustic'
Aim: To create a fresh, easy-living and family friendly home environment.
Both blue and green are fresh and calming. These color combinations in varying proportions paired with the light ‘urban rustic’ look of weathered woods and grasscloth will be repeated throughout the home for a seamless look, helping the design to work together as a whole.
An analogous color scheme in greens and blues evokes rest and relaxation. Blue is said to have a calming and restorative effect. Green will bring a feeling of balance and equilibrium. The use of blue-green and teal will bring these two colors together in a pleasing way to create an enjoyable and relaxing haven for a busy family.
Starting with the family room, the use of a darker blue, Resene Arapawa on the large feature wall behind the sectional sofa in the family room gives a sense of grounding and strength. Being opposite the media center, the darker color on this wall will also help prevent excess reflection from the television. This large accent wall will also provide a nice space to display a large piece of artwork. Also to be used will be heavier room-darkening curtains for t.v. viewing, perhaps in a soft sand-colored lined microsuede.
The other walls in the family room as well as the study will be a muted shade of gray-green, Resene Beryl Green, to provide contrast and to subdue the darker color. Breaking up the colors in different proportions this way will also help to break up the larger space. The ceiling in these rooms, as well as in the rest of the home, will be a very light mint green, Resene Aqua Spring with the trim in a white from Resene’s green palette, Resene Quarter Cararra.
In the study, adjacent to the family room, the walls will repeat the use of just the Resene Beryl Green with the same trim and ceiling color as the family room. Throughout the entire color scheme, somewhat darker paint colors on the walls below will give rise to lighter colors above, as is seen in nature, which will also help add to the feeling of grounding and stability. The lighter colors at ceiling height will help to add lift and a brightness to the feel of the space throughout the home.
Other materials suggested for the home include textured grasscloth wallpaper accents. One area for this will be in the long hallway off the main entry that leads to the powder room. The wallpaper, Resene Grasscloth 22102, will be placed below a chair rail in Resene Quarter Cararra, that runs the length of the hall. Above this chair rail, the wall will be painted in Resene Beryl Green as will the remaining walls of the main entry and powder room.
Flooring proposed for the entry, hall, powder room and dining area is a luxury vinyl tile that mimics hardwood, but is waterproof, durable and family (and pet) friendly. The color suggested is a weathered wood look in Cottonwood to coordinate with furniture which will also be in a slightly ‘rough-hewn’ reclaimed barnwood style. It is also proposed that the pocket doors leading to the study be replaced with sliding interior barn doors.
Another suggestion is the use of a trellis mirror in the hall fixed horizontally on the upper wall above the chair rail in a rubbed antique white. These items, along with elements such as the grasscloth wallpaper, will add textural variety to the home as well as a casual ‘urban rustic’ appeal. The lighthearted and versatile colors offered in an analogous color scheme were chosen to work together with these various ideas.
Flooring chosen for the family room and study is Berber carpeting that will be durable, easy to clean and soft underfoot. The subtly speckled pattern of a beige Berber rug flecked with blues and grays will play nicely with the rest of the proposed furnishings and finishes. The flow of colors in this analogous scheme will be used throughout the home in differing amounts and various degrees of greens and blues to unify the adjoining spaces, as well as some neutrals and the use of textural fabrics in varying nuances of the color scheme.
The dining room, to the left of the entry, will feature a dark blue-teal in Resene Allports to mimic the darker blue of the accent wall in the family room, but with less intensity. The blue in the dining room will also be used in less proportion as it will be used in just the lower wall below the chair rail, with the wall above it to be in a coordinating lighter color of gray-green, Resene Beryl Green.
The more low-key shade of Beryl Green has been used as the dominant color holding the design together throughout the analogous color scheme. The brighter and deeper colors have been used to enrich the scheme and give contrast, as well as being used in the accent décor. In the wall area below the snack bar facing the dining room will be the repeated element of the grasscloth wallpaper as a further unifying textural accent.
In the kitchen, the length of wall above the stove area will feature a linear glass tile with blue, green and teal used to tie all of the colors in the analogous scheme together. The wall between the sink and the refrigerator will be in the Resene Alllports to give further accent to this color. Another option would be to continue the linear glass tile in this area as well. The walls in the laundry will again repeat the Resene Beryl Green.
This lighter color will be suitable to a room that is used for utility and where a lighter color is needed for work that will be done there, particularly where there are no windows. The flooring in both the kitchen and the laundry will be a travertine tile, for water resistance and easy wipe-ups. The marbled rugged look of the tile will coordinate with the weathered wood look of the LVT flooring used in the dining room and entry, once again repeating the theme of a casual and modern-rustic appeal.
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