This week we are so excited to featuring Chester County-based interior designer Renee Knox of RNTK Designs as our guest blogger. With over 20 years of experience in the field, she’s passing on her wealth of knowledge on the topic of Spot Color to us!
The season is changing (in days to be exact), and Spring is the perfect opportunity for change. One of my favorite ways to introduce a fresh start is to begin in my home. I find that one of the easiest and most impactful ways to make a quick change is with color – specifically Spot Color.
I capitalize Spot Color because it is SO very important in regards to design. Color is a game changer – a mood changer if you will. Perfect example, I was recently on a trip to Disney World for a tournament for our daughter. Let’s just say I packed ridiculously, all blacks and grays, long pants – no joke – not sure what I was thinking for the Florida sunshine. Anyway, I couldn’t help but smile at the instant happiness I felt when I snapped my bright, green, Disney Magic Band around my wrist. Up until that point, I was feeling rather “blah” in my drab attire. Simply by placing a little, green band around my wrist made my outlook much brighter. (BTW – green, which is my absolute favorite color – is Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year – exact color name is Greenery).
Back to my point, the right color can instantly evoke a mood. Now, let’s translate this theory to our homes. I often suggest to my clients to bring in a pop of color when they would like to make a quick update. It is an easy, budget-friendly way to change up a room. I am currently working on a project with Stage of Design, and here is an example of how we have introduced the color orange in our client’s master bedroom. We pulled from the gorgeous fabric that we selected for her bedding. Orange is such an energizing color and it really makes a powerful impact in this room.
Another tip I share with clients is to always design around what you love. I enjoy pulling colors from nature – the palettes are gorgeous and endless. But, you can pull color from anything that inspires you. For example, do you have a painting you like? Or, maybe a beautiful, colorful vase? Eyedrop a color that you like in your chosen source of inspiration and use that color as your Spot Color. In this next client’s home we pulled red from a floral painting that she loved. See how lively the room looks simply by adding a new color?
Some ways to bring color into your room is via paint, fabrics, or accessories – Giunta’s Furniture has super fun and colorful accessories – I am always inspired when I visit their Downingtown store.
This season, have fun with your homes. Make a change. Experiment using Spot Color. Trust me – a little splash of color can really make a world of difference.
If you’re ready to freshen up your home for spring let us help guide you!
Renée is a design consultant with over 20 years of experience in the design field. Her innovative work results from her passion for learning about clients and customizing their design solutions. Renée earned her degree in interior design from Philadelphia University. She owns and operates RNTK Designs which offers graphic design, illustration, and interior design services. Contact Renée via email at reneeknox@RNTKdesigns.com.