Creating a comfortable, livable space is one of the most important components when designing the space in your home or office. At home, perhaps it’s even more important to find color schemes that work for the whole family.

Research has shown that certain colors trigger certain parts of the brain and can “suggest” or encourage a feeling. For instance, the color blue is shown to trick your brain into believing you’re calm and relaxed. Additionally, the color blue is shown to decrease your appetite, so eating off a blue plate tricks your brain into believing you’re full faster. This sort of data is worth taking into consideration when choosing the color scheme for rooms of your house.

We’ll look at some of the colors that go best where: from the dining room to the hallways, from the living room to the bedrooms—which hues, tones, textures, and accents you opt to include can make all the difference in the overall feeling of home at the end of the project.

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Living Room: Here- let’s focus on the “living” part of the name/ It’s best to choose furniture and pieces that stand out and represent your tastes, so often sticking with a more neutral color, like cream, off-white, or soft/pale tones is the best foundation for the walls of your living room. What’s great about some of Silk Plaster’s colors are that they are two-tone, so if you’re looking for a cream-colored base, you will be pleased to discover that the textured fibers give a boost to your color choice.

Bedrooms: While much of the time spent in this room is dedicated to sleeping, optimizing the color scheme can make the process of relaxing and falling asleep much easier. Cool and soft hues are good choices, whether your accents include modern or “old world” furniture. The best colors to encourage sleep include: blue, moss green, yellow, and silver.

Dining Room: As aforementioned, a light blue plate will calm your appetite, communicating with your brain a sense of fullness. What do other colors suggest or how do they support all things food, family, and communion? If you’re looking to brighten up your dining room, soft yellows or mellow rosé colors keep the room light, bright, and inviting all day long. For those looking for a more defined color-palate, by looking to blues, greens, and purples, you’ll find a variety of tones to support the design scheme you’re looking for. Even for those who are hesitant to go “bigger” and brighter, keep an open mind to the eloquent affirmation of something beyond the conventional white. Being keen on a beige, cream, or soft taupe will lend to a more welcoming feeling than generic whites or off-whites.

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Hallways, Bathrooms, and Foyers: If playing around with colors in the living, dining, or bedrooms isn’t your thing, consider expressing yourself a bit more in these spaces. Pale colors and bright whites can open up darker hallways or smaller flats, while golds, silvers, and soft warm colors can be the exact thing your foyer or entrance need to be more welcoming and inviting. By being more flexible with the color choices in the foyer, it’s possible that you’ll establish a subtle, yet provocative, way to welcome guests and visitors into your home. Expressing yourself through the colors you choose to surround yourself with is a great way to share a part of yourself with visitors.

Bathrooms and washrooms are a great place to establish and work with themes or motifs. Take a walk on the wild side and paint the walls a dark green. Accent with gold and light browns, and the jungle environment you’ve created makes for a fun way to bring the soul of nature inside. Aiming for something more majestic? Opt for a silver or gold base for the walls and accentuate the space with darker gold, purples, or other colors becoming of royalty. For others, soft coffee browns and creams create the perfect environment for relaxation. Bring the spa into your own home and soak in the respite from the daily grind.


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For the Office: a Professional’s Guide to Liquid Wall Covering.

No one will argue that the classic whites, egg-shell, or creams aren’t a safe choice for the office. However, that being said, we are living in a more and more globalized world where comparative advantage can often come from simple choices; encouraging employees to be more creative, innovative, or supporting their focus with color schemes that are less about “looking professional”, but instead increase productivity and professional rigor through supporting their health and well-being. Not all business offices are equal, so make yours stand out with a colorful schematic advantage that supports staff, and in turn, customers.

For other professionals, such as dentists, doctors, travel professionals, et cetera, there are numerous advantages to creating a warm and inviting space for clients. Beyond establishing a comfortable environment for clients, staff will tend to be more attentive and warmer if they are happy in their workspace.

It’s a similar advantage for restaurants and bars. Once the theme or business motif is established, heightening the senses of the clientele through the environment, you’ll be able to find more success than those who just quickly put up a coat of paint in order to be “done with it”. With a bit of research and dedication to the goals of the establishment—creating a space that people want to visit again and again, where they will spend their business lunches, or leisure evenings—you’ll very quickly see that choosing quality liquid wall coverings can make all the difference. Check out Silk Plaster’s array of colors and options today in order to start piecing together your color scheme!




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