Speaking On Stage Colorfully | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

I was on stage yesterday talking “colorfully” before a group of over 30 gentlewomen. I want to thank the Berkeley Italian Section Club for hosting my event. I enjoyed everyone of the participants and the tasty lunch.
The topic was: “Color Your World”.

Val Speaking ©Valentina Cirasola

©Valentina Cirasola

They all responded well to colors, in fact the audience came dressed in colorful clothes. It was surprisingly pleasant for me to see the wonderful expression of colors in their outfits, usually, I don’t get to see that many colors in an audience. I explained why colors inspire us and why we should wear them, throwing an arrow against certain colors I consider “boring” but useful nonetheless, in that all colors are beautiful and important in their functions.

Floral Colors

Tulip Tones
The focus of my talk was to explain why certain colors are not at all good to use alone. Beige, for instance, in the interior as well as in fashion, can act as a stabilizer when it is used with hot colors, like orange, red or yellow. Black can act as a grounding agent when a room is decorated in total white or beige and a total black outfit will come alive with small colored accents, such as a colorful pair of shoes.


The eye needs to rest on some colors to feel relaxed. If a room is decorated in a monochromatic color there is no relief and the eye wanders around, therefore even though monochromatic schemes are beautiful in their character, always need some other colors as company. If wearing a total beige outfit, it is necessary to distract the eye of the viewers from the dullness of a total beige scheme.

Autumn Leaf
Many women came up to me at the end of my conversation on colors to tell me how entertaining and informative my talk was. I never expect everybody to agree with me in these presentations. My knowledge comes from my long years of studies and most importantly from my 25 years of work experience in the design field. One woman talked to me about how good she feels in her total beige home with large windows through which she receives a ton of natural light and is able to see the nature outside. She feels relaxed and at ease with her neutrals, if she would color the walls she would feel overwhelmed ~ she said and I agree. If neutral tones are the preference, by all means, use neutrals. I just reminded her that nature has made all colors and perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad thing to add small accent colors in the accessories.

Back Of A Leaf
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Morning Light

Neutral tones found in nature are beautiful and they are far from being all beige and dull, as you can see from  my photos. They are delicate, soothing, relaxing and lively. “Live in colors, change you life, change your energy”. Ciao,

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val Admiring World Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15 and on RAI – Italian National TV. Author of three published books, the latest ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.
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Easter Eggs With A Surprise | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Uova di Pasqua

It wasn’t too long ago when my father brought home every year a huge, decadent dark chocolate Easter egg for my brothers and me, at least it seems not that long. Sometimes he won the egg with a raffle at his office, but often he bought it at the pastry shop. Italian pastry shops, café and delicatessen stores beautifully display Easter eggs wrapped in cheerfully colored cellophane and contrasting colored aluminum foil. Chocolatiers free their imagination when making Easter eggs in all shapes and sizes, some are even human size and all conceal a surprise. The expensive tall and large chocolate eggs conceal something valuable even gold or silver items from jewelry to knickknacks. The gift inside each chocolate egg is a reminder that the egg is a symbol of rebirth, fertility, the renewing of nature in the spring coming out from under the snow or cold weather and in the Christian world it also symbolizes the resurrection of Christ.

The modern custom of decorating Easter eggs has roots in ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia and even China. Vernal Equinox or else called Spring Equinox marks the Sun crossing directly over the Earth’s equator in the Northern Hemisphere. For thousands of years this event marked the beginning of a new year, thus it was celebrated with gifts of colored eggs and with a variety of rituals to welcome spring.

Painted With Rubber Bands

(Photo found on: https://doitandhow.com/2012/03/21/rubberband-dyed-eggs)

Colors have a meaning in every culture and every custom, even in decorated Easter eggs, their brilliant mixed colors in general symbolize Spring and the light of Sun, but some specific colors have a deeper meaning or carry a particular message.
Red symbolizes Christ’s blood. The legend says that Mary Magdalene made a joyful announcement to the apostles when she discovered that Christ’s tomb was empty. Incredulous Peter challenged her by saying that he would believe the news if the eggs she carried in the basket would turn red colors. So it happened.
Red eggs are very popular in Greece, while green eggs are popular in Germany and Austria. In the Eastern Europe people prefer eggs decorated with geometric designs in blue and white or red and white; in Armenia often eggs are decorated with religious effigies of Madonna and Christ and in America I see every colors, every designs and everything in between.

I do not remember not having placed at least one Fabergé egg in each of my client’s house. They are highly valuable and lend themselves well to any décor, just as the first platinum Fabergé egg decorated Tzarina Maria’s quarters at her palace, an exquisite gift Tzar Alexander commissioned just for her. Her platinum egg had a surprise in it too. Inside the platinum egg there was a golden egg, which in turn inside contained a chick and a miniature of her imperial crown.


Last year I was in Germany around this time and saw this amazing tree Mr. Volker arranges in his front yard every year with over 10,000 papier mâché eggs, while in Berlin giant Easter eggs were on display in the street. One really feels the arrival of spring and the rebirth of the spirit!

Ancient Romans said: “omne vivum ex ovo” – all the living beings originated from the egg, but does anyone know the relation between Easter and bunnies? Ciao,

Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val Working2Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior since 1990, specializing in kitchen, bath, wine cellar, and outdoor kitchen designs. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. “Vogue” magazine and many prominent publications in California featured Valentina’s work. She also has made four appearances on T.V. Comcast Channel 15. Author of three published books, the latest RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.
Amazon: http://goo.gl/xUZfk0
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Set The Mood With Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer


“Let me out of the grays and beiges please!” My client was screaming.
She managed a computer software company. For 10-12 hours a day she lived in a boring environment. She was longing to see a colorful home upon her return in her cocoon to balance her day. She requested bold colors and being single, she only had to please herself. As a designer many times defined “a colorist” I was in my perfect spot with this client.

Photo ©Valentina Cirasola

Photo ©Valentina Cirasola

To really understand her needs, I went through a long list of questions to find the right colors for her personality and her life style. We all know colors are easy for designers, but not for all the clients. Sometimes a color they like very much might not be of their liking anymore after the house is painted.
Colors can either break or make a space and I did not want the result to be a failure.

This client liked the warm and vibrant colors of the buildings in Italy. She had never been to Italy, but saw enough photographs and films to make her dream about it. Good enough, I am Italian born, I know what she wants exactly, so I dared. She was astonished about all the color palettes I could come up, but not overwhelmed. In all the palettes I coupled cold colors with warm colors and added some texture samples for the areas of her liking. She chose to texturize kitchen walls and lightly antiquing the green color areas of the family/living room.

Living View From Upstairs Photo ©Valentina Cirasola

Photo ©Valentina Cirasola

She studied the color palettes for a few days, then we passed to the action: painting! The house came alive from the white walls you see here to all the colors. Emphasizing many architectural features was also my goal, in fact they looked so much better with the games of colors playing with each others.

I recall the painter singing while he was working, he really liked to apply those vibrant colors. The client was so happy and enjoyed the colors for a few years until her work moved her to another city and she was compelled to sell the house.


Now you would think it is hard to sell a house with all those colors. I must admit that it is not true. Selling homes painted in beige and neutral colors might take forever. The boring homes dressed in beige, must offer other strong features in order to sell fast, such as price, location, square footage etc. But when the market is soft, economy is not so friendly, location is not the best of the best, is easier to sell homes with colors. Paint the walls in soft yellow and the front door in a golden tone of yellow or dark red and the house will sell immediately.
People feel attracted towards yellow because is the color of the sun and towards red because is the color of many food. These are inviting colors and mean family.

After this house was posted for sale, it sold in three days, just because of the interior colors. The next buyers told me later that everyday “she baths in colors”.

Let me know if I can do the same for you. I offer design consultations on-line. Leave your name and email in the box below, so I can give you details on how to contact me and I love to hear your comments too, thank you.

Avaliving is a site for designer helping consumers. My colorful project was selected to be featured for one week Feb.7-Feb.14, 2011 among many beautiful projects of other designers. It is an honor to be part of Avaliving’s community. Thank you Ava for featuring my project again and to the wonderful team who puts everything together. Ciao,


Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer and former Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe since 1990. She blends well fashion with interiors and colors the world of her clients. She has been described as “the colorist” and loves to create the unusual. ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors is her third book, now in the making and coming soon. Check out her books on
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