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Color Infusion: Choosing Paint Colors in Your Custom Paragon Home

Paragon Homes - Choosing Paint Colors

Choosing paint colors in your new custom home may seem like a pretty daunting task.

However, the beauty of it is this: paint colors can always be changed!

While you shouldn’t just paint your great room neon green on a whim, if there is a trend that you want to try or a color that keeps speaking to you, there’s no harm in trying it out. After all, you want to personalize your space, reflect your personal style, and make your home your own.

According to HGTV, “Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are Infusionsubtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.”

So, if color is so important to us as human beings and if it can affect our moods and emotions, why not put some thought and effort into mindfully choosing the right shades for our home?

Here are some tips:

  • Always think about your favorite colors. You’ll want to incorporate them somewhere in the house – if not on the walls, then perhaps as a throw pillow or other home décor accent.
  • Consider the “mood” you want to convey and the style of the room. Is the room modern and simple, dramatic, artsy, traditional, or cozy? Is it a room that is meant to be calming, serene? Or should it be bright and cheery? Think about this as you mindfully choose paint colors.
  • Should the room appear social, inviting, and stimulating? Try warm, bright colors. Think yellows, oranges, and reds. Should the room be more formal, quiet, and subdued? Go for neutrals. Black and white is always a modern choice, and beiges, browns, and tans look subdued. Should the room’s mood be serene and relaxing? Try hues of blue and green, or even a calming gray or lavender.
  • Think about lighting. Stores often have different light boxes for you to test the paint samples. Natural daylight shows the true version of the color. Fluorescent lighting can add a blue or green tone, and incandescent or muted lighting can add warm tones, brasses, and yellows to the shade.
  • Walk into another room. According to HGTV, you should,Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Approach it like a composition: You’re in one room, but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it.”
  • Use a color wheel for inspiration when considering paint colors for your custom built Paragon home.
  • Ask a decorator for their opinion. They are a professional for a reason!
  • Have decorating ideas in mind. What good is a lilac wall if you don’t know what to do with the rest of the room?
  • Consider the size of the room you are painting.  Some shades will make the room appear larger, others may make it look smaller.
  • For added interest, consider different finishes to add some depth and texture to your walls.
  • Always test your paint color on an area of the wall or even a poster board.
  • Consider if you’ll want to “be stuck with” a certain color theme. Black-and-gold may sound like a good idea for the diehard Steelers fans here in Pittsburgh, but will you think so once it’s painted that way?

 

Last but not least, when choosing paint colors, you should go with your gut. After all – it isn’t permanent and a fresh color of paint can make a world of difference in your new custom home. We can help you make the right choices: call Paragon Homes at 412-787-8807, or visit us online at http://www.visitparagonhomes.com


~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations.

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, frogs, and kitten!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

How to Feng Shui Your Paragon Custom Built Home

Stock Art: Feng Shui Living Room

So — what is feng shui?

Feng shui  (prounounced, fung schway) is the Chinese art that is “considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.”

Whether you believe in the traditional laws of feng shui or not, some of its principles may be helpful to you when arranging your furniture, choosing interior paint colors, and in decorating your custom built Paragon luxury home.

Feng shui is all about open spaces and cleanliness. When practicing feng shui in the home, your goal is to simplify, and to be mindful of where you place windows, doors, and pieces of furniture.

For example, you should not have anything blocking windows or doorways, so that ‘positive energy’ can flow accordingly. You also should “de-clutter” your home – and whether you believe in feng shui or not, this is a good place for many of us to start, as it has been shown that clutter causes stress!

Airy, open spaces and calming colors are part of the feng shui lifestyle, too. Think “soothing” when choosing paint colors (think neutrals, blues, greens) and try to create an air of serenity in your home by avoiding crowdedness and by playing relaxing music to increase ambiance.

Consider adding aromatherapy to your home, too. Relaxing fragrances throughout your home in the way of candles or scented oils can really set the atmosphere, and it is shown that smells can even alter our mood!

You also want to make sure that any repairs that made need made to your home are made. Safety first!

A new architectural principle called Universal Design borrows ideas from the ancient notion of feng shui. Universal design refers to a broad-spectrum solution that produces buildings, products and environments that are usable and effective for everyone.

You can rest assured that Paragon Homes strives to keep your home as comfortable, livable, usable, and efficient as possible, and will work with you, mindfully, to make sure that your home – feng shui’ed or not – is a safe haven where you can relax at all times: mind, body, and spirit.

Call us today for a consultation at 412-787-8807 if you are interested in learning more about Paragon custom built luxury home.

 

~~ Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 25 years.  In that time they have come to be recognized as one of the premier custom home builders in Western Pa.  In fact they have been honored to receive over 25 Housing Excellence Awards from the Builders and Realtors Associations of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Washington County Builders Association including several for New Custom Home of the Year designations.

Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a well-known blogger, author, and social media pro from Pittsburgh, PA. She was voted Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who to Follow on Twitter 2010, one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2011, a 2012 Woman of the Year and Athena Young Professional awards candidate, and happily lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, pug, frogs, and kitten!  In her free time she focuses on advocacy and volunteer work, as well as rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers!