Top Colors to Paint Your Office

Sounds a little bogus, doesn’t it? It’s pretty bizarre that the color of your office can actually affect the way that your business is run. But it’s true: the color that you surround yourself with while you work greatly affects your mood. And as all entrepreneurs know, your mood can greatly affect the direction that your business goes in.

There is a reason that McDonald’s arches are bright yellow. Yellow is the color for happiness, joy, and youth.

There is a reason that the inside of a Starbucks is painted deep green and maroon. Both colors ignite feelings of warmth, comfort and togetherness.

There is a reason that a Hershey’s chocolate bar comes wrapped in dark brown paper. Yes, it gives off the chocolate-vibe, but it also sparks emotions of simplicity, wholesomeness and surprisingly, health.

It is important for entrepreneurs to surround themselves with colors that promote creativity, energy, hard work, and a touch of relaxation. But what colors can help promote productivity without becoming too distracting?

1. Orange: Orange is often painted on the walls of a fitness center because of its ability to evoke excitement, enthusiasm and energy. It would be extremely beneficial to surround yourself with the color orange, not only in the gym, but also in the office. We’re not asking you to paint every wall bright orange, but rather, use orange in simple, discrete ways throughout your work day; purchase orange pillows for the lobby, use orange Post-It notes, or make the background of your computer an orangey picture. Pale orange or terracotta are two color options for effective office wall paint.

2. Red: Red has been known to increase a room’s energy level because of its ability to raise blood pressure and speed up heart rate. This color is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement. Red is also a stimulant for conversation and collaboration as it tends to bring people together. Additionally, red has been found to be the most “impressive” of the colors and gives off the best first impression. Therefore, if you’re an entrepreneur who often brings clients into the office, consider a deep red for an accent wall or two.

3. Pale Blue: A pale blue color, rather than a bold one, does not evoke feelings of creativity and energy, which most entrepreneurs look for. A light blue color does, however, help an entrepreneur to stay focused and productive throughout a typical workday.

4. Brown: Although brown is often interpreted as a “soothing” color, it does not have the same effect that blues and greens do (these colors promote meditation, tranquility, and peace, which can actually slow down a workday). Brown, on the other hand, is more of a “comfortable” color that evokes feelings of security, credibility and reassurance.

And the worst colors to paint your office:

1. Yellow: There is nothing more irritating than an overdose of yellow. Yellow has been known to be a frustrating color to work in, especially for those that are after a deadline-entrepreneurs, this is often you!

2. Purple: Some people find a deep plum color to be soothing and warming for an office space. But as a matter of fact, purple is not a good choice for an office because of its tendency to stir up romantic feelings, which is completely wrong for a working environment.

3. Bright Green, Bright Red, Bright Pink, Turquoise: Although some bright and bold colors are great for an entrepreneurial environment, these four are not. All of these colors have been found to be very difficult to concentrate in. Entrepreneurs who work around these colors often find themselves distracted and overwhelmed.

When decorating your home-office, office space, or cubicle, it is important to determine what colors inspire you the most. Maybe you’d like to be calmer at work, and so you decorate with blue accents. Maybe you want to reflect your company’s logo colors within the space. Whatever the case may be, the office space is yours, so be sure to make it a comfortable, revitalizing place that helps you become an even better entrepreneur.

Mixing and Matching Bra and Top Colors

Have you ever seen a photo of a celebrity with one shirt strap falling off of their shoulder revealing a perfectly matched bra strap? These things don’t happen by accident – it’s all about planning.

Since good bras tend to be rather pricey, most of us cannot afford to have hundreds of them decorating our bureau shelves. Still, it never hurts to have a few basic bras to match those sexy outfits (you know, the sheer, tight, and silky ones?). Let’s begin with basic black. Little black dress, perfect black pants, great fitting black top, and one extraordinary black bra – these are all essential elements of any woman’s wardrobe.

Now, you can easily purchase a plain black bra, but that wouldn’t be too much fun when you casually allow your shirt strap to slip, would it? Instead, look for that black bra that has a little something different on the strap. Whether its lace, beads, or other embellishments, find a bra that you feel good about wearing (even if nobody ever sees it).

Aside from the all-important black, it is also vital to have one taupe bra in your collection. While taupe may be slightly boring, it will be your best friend when you want to wear that slinky white top (go ahead, get caught in the rain – this color won’t reveal anything!). Also pick up one pink (every girl has to have a touch of pink!); one blue; and one white bra. All of these bras will serve you well no matter what the occasion is – then again, there are those days that you just want to wear something slightly romantic, which is why one patterned bra is a must-have item.

While they may seem slightly impractical, those dainty bras covered with roses, lace, and pretty straps can be just the think that you are looking for if you happen to put on a summery top. Nothing says romance better than a loose fitting white top with a touch of feminine mystique underneath. Adding any, or all, of these bras to your wardrobe will guarantee that you can match any top to any bra with a style all your own. Sure, most of the time those lovely bras will never see the light of day, but when they do… you’ll be happy that you decided to purchase bras that look as good as they feel.

Granite Counter Top Colors

Many granite counter tops are chosen for houses for many reasons. Some homeowners choose to use granite counter tops as a way to impress guests, while others simply like the durability that granite has to offer. However, what some people might not know is that granite is one of the oldest types of rocks in the world. In fact, it’s the second hardest when compared to others of comparable quality. Granite counter tops are chosen because they are of hard quality and give homeowners a good material for their money. Even though having granite counter tops can be costly, home remodelers do recommend them. In addition, there are all sorts of granite counter top colors that homeowners can choose from. Most of these colors result from the minerals that are in each section of granite, which is why there is so much variety. However, granite counter top colors almost always change from their original color when they are finished anyway, so that is one thing that homeowners who would like to remodel their home should keep in mind.

What types of colors are there?

When choosing granite counter top colors, there are many things to remember. First, you should ask the remodeler or other granite professional to see the colors that they will end up with after the counter top is done being built. The next thing that you should consider when trying to decide on a color for your granite counter top is where it will go. Many individuals decide on a brown or white color to go in the kitchen simply because those are the two main granite counter top colors that match other appliances and cupboards in the kitchen. However, previewing examples and asking for your granite professional’s opinion should also be done for extra help.

Other granite counter top colors can be done in a whole range of blue, green, dark or brownish-red, as well as white or marble-looking colors. As mentioned, there is almost a limitless end of possibilities that can be played around with in order to find the perfect match for your home. Asking your professional remodeler as well as taking into consideration the other structures and colors in your house will help you decide what granite counter top color to choose!

Choosing Perfect Paint Colors for Rooms in Your House Using These Five Smart Steps

In all my years as an Interior Designer and Decorator the question I’m asked most often has to do with choosing paint colors for rooms in your house. The growth in technologies in the paint industry has multiplied the number of color options significantly making an already difficult task seem insurmountable for many home owners. The list of questions having to do with paint colors for rooms grows monthly but seems to fall into one of three categories:

1. I have no idea where to start
2. I have begun the process but am drowning in options
3. My husband/wife/partner and I disagree

While no system is perfect I have created a system made up of five steps that will move your closer to choosing perfect paint colors for rooms in your house every time.

Here they are:

1. Have a clearly defined goal or objective and write it down. You’d be surprised how much anxiety can be calmed when instead of feeling overwhelmed by a whole house of rooms (that eventually need paint selections) you focus on one or two rooms you plan on painting immediately. Set aside your fears about the house not “flowing” when all the rooms are painted. If you follow these steps you will realize you are in control and will make great decisions when they need to be made. So be clear about the goal of this (and only this) project: “We are painting the Living Room and Entry Hall and need paint selections for walls, trim and ceilings in these two rooms.”

2. Document the key, permanent elements in each room. Is there a red brick fireplace in the Living Room? If so, take a digital picture. Do both rooms share the same dark brown oak floors? If yes, then document this in the form of a clear photograph. Are you using existing furniture (key pieces you plan on having for 3-5 years)? If this is the case then a clear photo of each is needed. When done with this step you will have digital representation of every key element in your room. Unless you are building from the ground up and are not bringing any existing pieces (furniture, rugs, art… etc.) into the room(s) this should be a simple project accomplished in under 10 minutes with your phone or any digital photographic devise.

3. Gather images of new elements being brought into the room. For some this step may take a bit of time (if you have not done your shopping) but others you may have images, cut-sheets and brochures on hand of all the new things you plan on bringing into the room. Even if you can’t agree on the new sofa color (gather images or samples of both) or you’re not convinced of your partner’s choice of area rug for the Entry Hall, an image (not agreement) is all that’s required.

4. Take pictures of your 3 favorite professional outfits. When heading to the office, or our respective places of work, we all have outfits, filled with colors and textures, which make us feel great. Pick three of these outfits, lay the elements on the bed (preferably against a neutral background) and snap away. If you have an open mind, you may learn something new about that other person in your home. And that’s the point. You may discover your spouse/partner has navy blue as their “comfort color” while you prefer more vibrant jewel tones or purple, emerald green and fuchsia. Nothing wrong with either but its important information to have on hand when it’s time to create a color pallet for your Living Room that makes you both smile.

5. Print images from steps 1-4 and lay everything out on a table. Once everything is “on the table” it’s time to pull out your paint deck or fire-up your laptop . From your printed images determine the top two color families (red, blue, green, yellow, brown… etc.) represented in the images on your table. This is not open to interpretation… count how many items fall into each category and list the results. Note the top two colors and set this information aside. Now go to your online paint selector or your color wheel (which can be ordered from any paint company via their website… sometimes you can pick them up for free or for a very small fee at your local paint store). It’s time to play around with basic color theory. If this is new to you I suggest a quick read at the following link. Now pull out the top two colors from your image file. As a reminder these are the two colors that appear most often in the images of your current possessions, soon to be acquired possessions or are favorites in you and/or your partner’s wardrobes. Remember, these are not good or bad colors these simply are the colors that appear most often in your current life.

If color theory is new to you I suggest creating an analogous (colors rest side by side on the color wheel) scheme or a complimentary (colors rest opposite each other on the color wheel) scheme. If your current top color is blue a complimentary color of paint for the walls might be found in the yellow/orange/red hues directly opposite blue on the color wheel. So for instance if your area rug and sofa are blue you might find a soft yellow or pale peach to be a successful wall color.

Once you have determined which color families you will be pulling color from (based on your top two existing colors) then find medium to soft versions of your complimentary colors (paint deck or your online color charts are where you’ll find these) and each of you should pick 3 values you find of interest. Then order larger samples (this can be done on-line with samples mailed to you or picked up at your local paint store). When the samples arrive fix these to the walls in the room or rooms being considered and live with these for 2 or 3 days. When two favorites emerge purchase pints of each color (either matte or eggshell finish) and paint 36″ squares on each wall of the room. From these painted samples you will find the one shade that works best with your key, permanent items. This is the color you should use. Call your painter immediately and schedule the work as soon as possible!

If you wish to streamline this process even further DO NOT include the opinions of anyone who does not reside in your home unless they are a paid professional. Friends, family and well-intended neighbors will only confuse you and your spouse/partner in the decision you are undertaking. Trust me on this.