The Value of Color in an Interior

When people think about redoing the interior of their home, many aspects come into consideration, including space, light, furnishings, and curtains. One other huge aspect of how an interior looks and feels, however, is color.

Color has an amazing impact on the way a room feels. Just walking into a room that is bright and colorful can really lighten a mood and bring on feelings of well-being. Adding color is also a “renovation” choice that’s relatively easy to do, so it offers a huge “return on investment” as far home or office revamps go.

Color palettes and moods

Vibrant colors, like deep reds or intense blues, can create a lot of excitement and energy. Neutral or muted tones can create a feeling of peace and quiet. Dark tones of brown or black must be used carefully, as they darken and can bring a feeling of heaviness into an environment. Muted tones of contrasting colors like sea foam green and lavender can be energizing yet also soothing. There’s no question—color has impact, and it’s an incredible tool for home design and upgrades.

Using Color in an Interior

When a home or office is being redecorated, color should always be a major consideration. The key is to work with existing colors in the room décor and create a palette when bringing in new elements in the space. If the walls are in need of a freshen-up, a coat of paint can work amazingly to bring a feeling of new energy into a room.

Advance Planning

Paint colors should be considered carefully, using color chips and fabric swatches, to get a good sense of what color tones work well with existing furnishings and décor, including wall art, vases, and plants. Once wall colors have basically been decided on, it’s a good idea to get sample colors in small amounts of paint, to test hues on a wall. Some colors which seem like the perfect choice in a color chip can look quite different when actually painted on a wall. It’s a good idea to paint small areas in a room with test colors before committing to a color and laying down cash for several cans of designer paint colors.


Yes, color can really work wonders in a room, and its impact goes beyond wall color. Redoing the windows in an interior (or exterior!) is another way to upgrade a room without busting a budget. Leading window manufacturers, like Value Windows and Doors, have beautiful choices in windows that can add texture and a designer feel to a room, even while helping with temperature control and insulation.

The choices in windows at Value Windows and Doors are extensive, ranging from single or double hung windows to picture windows, beautiful arch windows and more. All these windows are made to order and designed to fit the customer’s needs, and because Value Windows and Doors manufactures all its windows on site, quality control is at the highest level.

All these windows are available in clean, pure white, yet these windows can also be created in a range of beautiful color finishes. The list of color choices from this company includes neutrals like almond, sandalwood, chocolate brown, black and silver. Brighter tones include brick red, California green and honey. These colors all create beautiful accents to paint colors and furnishings, and add incredible visual interest to a room.

Is it time to rethink that special room with an exciting new color palette? Start exploring color ideas in magazines and design books, and see what appeals. Take some time to explore the choices in windows at Value Windows and Doors, to find another level of color and visual interest (and home security) for a home or office. Choosing beautiful colors is a joyful experience, and as a decorating experience, it’s never the wrong choice.

How to Design Your Kitchen Counter Backsplash

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You have picked out a beautiful Granite kitchen countertop. Now you need a great looking backsplash. What can you do?

You could hire a professional designer, design your backsplash. That could cost a lot of money.

How about the guy at work who installs tile part time. He assures you, “Sure I can do that, trust me”

Having worked with hundreds of people create their very own kitchen  countertop backsplashes, these are some of the ways a few people choose to  have a new backsplash. In this article I will show you how to design your own  backsplash the way you want it to look. It is quite easy.

First, design each backsplash wall individually. By this I mean select a wall  above the countertop and figure out the design you want to attain. Many  older kitchens are shaped like a U. Meaning the window and sink are in the  back of the U and the two sides are cabinets and countertops. Design the window, sink wall last.

Step two. Measure the length of the left wall in inches. Tile sizes are in inches or metric .Makes estimating quantities easier when measuring in inches. A  backsplash with a solid surface stone countertop will generally measure 17 to  18 inches from bottom of cabinet to top of countertop.

Decide what size tile to use. Most common are 4×4, 6×6, 3×6 and 12×12.Go to  a tile store and get various sizes to help determine what sizes you like.

Ask this question of yourself. Do I want the tile set on a diagonal or straight  pattern. Keep in mind, a 6 inch tile on diagonal measures approximately 8 1/2  inches. A 17 inch high backsplash will take 2 six inch tile on diagonal, filling all  or nearly all of the space. A four inch tile on diagonal measures 6 inches, tip to  tip. Therefore for a 17 inch backsplash will require 3 four inch tiles on diagonal.

A six inch tile, installed on a straight pattern, requires 3 tiles for a 17 inch  backsplash. 4 four inch tile are required for a 17 inch backsplash. Most  common grout line is 1/4 inch grout line.

The use of inserts add to the overall look of the backsplash. Generally use a 2  inch insert with a six inch tile. A 1 inch insert with a four inch tile. Placement of inserts is a matter of personal preference. Word of caution. Do not use to many  inserts. Inserts are only used to accent the tile design, not to be the focal point.

Finish measuring the sink wall and other walls. Apply the same tecniques on all  walls except the sink wall . Between the window and the sink, the wall should  have no inserts. Only the tile pattern, be it diagonal or straight. The backsplash on each side of the window can have inserts, but not to many. Extend the same pattern used on the left wall for the remaining backsplash walls.

Using this method of laying out your backsplash helps you determine how many  tiles you will need. Allow 15% over the amount you need for cuts. Example: 44 six inch tile, order 8 additional tiles.

Shopping for tile is now much easier. You have a good idea of the amount of tile needed and how much the tile will cost. You are now the design master of your  countertop tile backsplash.
Alan Grundemeier has planned, designed and completed many tile and stone projects to enhance the beauty of customer’s homes. By designing each  backsplash wall individually, selecting the size tile you like, deciding if the tile is  to installed on a diagonal or straight pattern and what type of inserts will  compliment the design, you will have a kitchen countertop backsplash of your dreams. Designed by YOU!
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