Red & Blue
There are several factors involved in balance, but the one we will discuss today is making sure you have a balance of “hot” and “cold”. Most times you are going to do this through the usage of colors, and more times than naught, those colors are going to be red and blue.
Today we’ll use a bedroom in our example. In a bedroom, the bed is obviously the largest piece, and is therefore setting the tone for the entire room. And what makes a bed? Well obviously it’s not the mattress. (And no, it’s not your Mom either. I said “what”, not “who”.)
What makes the bed is the bedding. There truly is no more important accent in a bedroom. The bedding is so critical in fact, that I’m hard pressed to even use the word ‘accent’. The bedding is the bedroom.
In my very first apartment, I had brought along with me a bedspread (God forbid) which was a very strange mix of paisley- in brown, gray and blue colors. Now, brown typically can be a warm color. But I do not believe it is a first choice option that one wants when choosing base colors for a room. And let’s understand one thing- your bedding color is your base color.
Frankly, there are too many other opportunities to employ brown; wood furniture, leather, quite often the carpet, baseboards and chair rails, and it’s therefore a color that will usually take care of itself. Brown will happen on it’s own, especially when you begin utilizing ‘natural’ items that provide an inherent opposition to ‘man made’ materials- which is a separate ‘balance’ we will discuss in a future post.
At any rate, back to the bedspread. As a result of this one single piece… due to the overabundant grays and blues, the brown of my bedspread lost it’s warmth. Inevitably, the subconscious mind views brown as ‘earth’. One also needs to remember, that brown is created by mixing blue and red. If you accent it with too much red, your room will come off too ‘hot’. In my instance, accented with blues and grays, it indeed felt like earth… and perhaps more accurately, a feeling of depressing, cold, hard ‘dirt’. Combined with a chaotic paisley pattern and being birthed of very unnatural polyester and acrylic materials, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know why I felt very uncomfortable in my own dwelling.
Once I realized this, it was then that I had my first decorating epiphany. With one simple purchase, I replaced my horrifying bedspread and replaced it with a nice, soft, fluffy, cottony, navy & maroon comforter… and let out an instantaneous “sigh”.
The materials were improved, soothingly natural, and the color balance was now a perfect mixture of “hot” and “cold”… leaving me to finally feel comfortable in my own bedroom. When I threw in some maroon and navy throw pillows and a few more accents across the room, the picture was complete. Voila. Comfort.
When and if you become serious about decorating, or when you begin to grow tired of always feeling discombobulated in your own house… remember, “balance”. And the first place to start is finding that balance between hot and cold. No one likes hot. No one likes cold. They like warmth. A cool breeze on a nice sunny Summer day.
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