Monochromatic Appeal | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Working with a monochromatic color scheme seems easy for those who know how to do it. In decorating with one color only it is important not to keep it boring, to put the accent on details and to play with light effects in a large way.
The house showing in my photos dates 1987.

The interior of every room was made entirely out of oak wood inside and out, wall panels, windows and shutters, floor, kitchen and bath cabinets, interior doors and beams. It was a very dingy, dark and not practical home for today’s needs. The only firm demand was to turn it into a very bright, airy, contemporary and functional home. The Clients liked subtle colors such as golden beige and were open to other color suggestions as long as they were not bold. After studying various tints and tones of subtle colors, this was the last scheme chosen. Clients envisioned a very white home, but this color scheme for the interiors and exteriors really got them excited.

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All the walls in every room, including kitchen and baths cabinets have been faux finished with an elegant metallic effect that is only noticeable by getting closer to the walls.

 

Earlier, I talked about putting the accent on details when working with monochromatic colors. The existing beams overhead were overwhelming and felt like a heavy lid. I put LED lights inside of them and the ceiling came alive when illuminated at night or grey days. Each pillar of this home had a brass band at the bottom. I left it there and with the new cream color those bands created an elegant accent. It looks done on purpose to break the verticality of the pillars.

Getting rid of all the oak obstacles and details, making each space open and livable was a real pleasure for the clients and me.
What really made this large space was the floor. I selected a large planks chestnut hardwood floor to run continuously all over the house. The very dark brown of the floor grounded the décor and helped this 10,000 square feet home covered in cream colors not to look aloof and floating in the air.

Dark wood furniture mixed with a few satin metals, glass tables, and a few antique pieces satisfied the needs of both husband and wife in different age group. They said  “Now we can breathe! ”. The intercommunication system between rooms was a necessity.

As you can see there is no need to live in dull colors, even mortally boring beige can be attractive, sophisticated and exclusive. Ciao,
Valentina
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Val:FarfalleStampValentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior-Fashion Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990. 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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Zodiac and Design | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

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Welcome to my personal A to Z Challenge on the subject of Home. The goal, in a year time, is to elaborate and dissect topics regarding the Home not as containers of stuff, but as a cocoon for the soul, mind and heart. I will touch on decorations, style, trends, history of home and sometimes technical information. In two days my challenge will be over.

Decorating with zodiac signs is the same as decorating in any situation. A successful designer must know the client’s personality, needs and wants before starting a project and romancing a room. Knowing the traits, character and colors of each zodiac sign will help a designer planning a suitable and harmonious life for clients. For the month of January, the sign is Capricorn, Dec. 22 – Jan. 19, but January is not finished yet, therefore Capricorn takes some traits of the next sign or vice versa. Aquarius starts from Jan. 20 to Feb. 18. As you can see every sign towards to end takes some traits of the next sign. Let’s see what are the traits of a Capricorn and what colors this sign likes to thrive in.

Capricorn - Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

Capricorn – Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

Element: Earth
Ruling planets: Saturn
Symbol: Goat

This is the sign of the high rollers, proud business achievers, but also like a quiet life. A Capricorn must balance work and play; otherwise, work can literally replace their personal life. The ruling planet is Saturn, which represents hard work, responsibilities, and ambitions. Saturn makes a Capricorn a great organizer. Decorating for a person under this sign is important to plan an environment where he/she can feel totally organized and orderly. Success, money, status, and authority motivate them. Love doesn’t takes a second place, everyone needs love, but a Capricorn’s idea of love is to have someone taking care of him/her.

Black colored clothes, stark and plain colors fill the closet of Capricorns. Perhaps because they are born in the middle of winter when days are shorter, the light is not very bright, it’s cold and rainy and in some parts of the world snows heavily. Capricorn is an earth sign, therefore, likes earthy tone colors as well: brown, khaki, beige, terracotta, burgundy and green, then hues of white, white and black, white and blue. This is valid for fashion they wear and for home décor colors. No weird colors for this person! As an earth sign, Capricorn also likes stone floors, bricks, terracotta tiles, slate but they must be all polished due to that sense of organization and the clean look Capricorn likes. Being a serious, traditional person, always elegant and aware of time as an entity not to be wasted, the style best suited for this person is classic and antiques. A soul of a Capricorn is fulfilled when in the room there is a grandfather’s clock and mahogany, oak and walnut furniture, carved pieces, velvet or heavy upholstered furniture.

The sign of Capricorn ends on Jan. 19 and on Jan. 20 Aquarius starts. Let’s see what Aquarius likes.

Aquarius - Jan.20 – Feb. 18

Aquarius – Jan.20 – Feb. 18

Element: Air
Ruling planets: Uranus
Symbol:  Water Bearer
Character: Aquarius is high frequency, unique and original people

People of this sign are outgoing and amiable. Aquarian attract friends and stay loyal to the friends they make. They are innovative and non-conformist people, often described as eccentric. Aquarius’s symbol is the “Water Bearer”, obviously Aquarian lean toward bluish/green tints and all the colors of the ocean and sky. They prefer these soft colors because are calming and encourage inspiration.

The color blue has cooling healing properties, it will calm angry emotions and reduce elevated blood pressure, just like when we look at the sea we feel immediately relaxed. The color green is a color used to balance emotions and restore harmony with the mind and body. As a soothing color, it helps healing conditions of the heart. Aquarian should incorporate these colors into their home décor and in their wardrobe to counteract any negative energy surrounding them and stay away from bold, bright colors that will put them off-balance.

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Being a very social person who likes gatherings with friends and family, an Aquarian needs to plan a space that seats as many people as possible. Therefore a sectional sofa is better than a few single seating and a round dining table to seat a lot of people because the shape of the circle is very convivial. What if an Aquarium for various reasons chooses not a large space to live? The better solution will be to find space-saving furniture, stackable furniture, tables with extra leafs, sofa bed and chairs that function as stools as well. This solution suits Aquarian well, as they like minimal furnishing and uncluttered spaces, glass, metal furniture, quirky style, gadgets, and latest high-tech equipment.

I purchased the coffee table in the photo below for a client with space restriction. The glass table comes with 4 wedge stools that tuck underneath the coffee table and come out when needing extra seating.

FAMILY
(Photo above: ©Valentina Cirasola)

In the bathroom, which is the natural room for water, the blue hues can be mixed with complementary colors like pale yellow, pearl gray, pale green and light pink and all the colors of the under the sea world. Aquarian is also very creative and needs spaces with a lot of natural light, give them unblocked views where they can see the infinite of the horizon and they will be very happy.

Knowing the zodiac sign of each new client helps me doing a better job like magic things come together without frictions or arguments and the question at the end is always: “how did you know?”. Ciao,
Valentina

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ValentinaBlueStampValentina 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. Author of three published books, the latest ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors is on the subject of colors.
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Rouge Allure | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Colors fill every moment of my life, whether I am designing, painting, cooking, sewing, gardening or just plain admiring the world, colors never escape me. I watch deep into art and discover details others don’t see. I detect colors in people’s eyes they don’t even know to have. I distinguish a particular color nuance in food and turn it into a new color palette for homes or fashion.

I was looking at the film preview about Coco Chanel Once Upon A Time… made by Karl Lagerfeld and I also saw this video about Chanel new rouge color in cosmetics. It caught my eyes because some descriptive words used in this video gave me the idea for the next step: create my color scheme in red, not any red, but a palette made of rouge moiré played up with moiré fabrics.

 

I listened to the words in the video:
Play of light on fabrics inspired the moire’ rouge collection.
Different types and alchemy of mother of pearl.
Black.
Red enigmatic.
Rich brownish red with gold and silver pearls.
Pearl reflects in the light.
Sculpting, layering, contrasting, reflecting.
As often happens words describe colors by feelings, emotions or character, but they are also suggestive of how to proceed.
These words hold the secret for creating a stunning look for your own outfit or a special room. The secret in combining colors is to sculpt, layer and contrast.

Rouge Allure

In both cases, fashion or interiors, the beige and light reflecting fabrics dilute the heat of rouge allure, with the brown tones acting as a grounding colors. This rouge palette is luminous and vibrant and it’s called allure for the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive. By the way, I love the only purple pillow on the sofa!
(Red interior photo below in my board composition: by Arlequin)

Rouge Palette

When in doubt call the expert, I am here to help.  Ciao,
Valentina
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Val FruttaValentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in home designs that will suit mind, body and soul. 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.
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Golden Inspiration| Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

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Welcome to my personal A to Z Challenge on the subject of Home. The goal, in a year time, until Jan. 13, 2014, is to elaborate and dissect topics regarding the Home not as containers of stuff, but as a cocoon for the soul, mind, and heart. I will touch on decorations, style, trends, history of the home and sometimes technical information

 


Let’s get prepared for the autumn, shall we? As the leaves change, we should change our décor too. Without changing the entire furnishing of the house and with only a few strategies, it’s easy to get a fresh new look more suitable with the changing of seasons and with our personal look changing through the seasons.

Last week, I put together a flower arrangement for one of my public events. The colors in the arrangement inspired me to create my color trend for the coming fall. I called it “Golden Inspiration”. It’s elegant, warm and inviting.

Except for people with a pinkish skin tone, this palette is suitable for all golden skin tones, ivory skin tones, black, red-haired people and people who are in the summer/fall season category.
Changes are good, we must keep up with the change of seasons, changes of life events and embrace changes age brings.  Every age has its beauty, the important thing is to be aware and know how to play it to our advantage.

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Next week, I will bring another exciting color scheme that exudes energy and that will inspire you to play with fantasy.

A week ago, I reached 1000 likes from all of you, creative and interesting friends. I want to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers for this beautiful number. Each one of you brought me news, ideas, encouragement, support, and knowledge. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

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Let me be your designer of choice for any of your decorating and remodeling needs. I offer design consultation on-line via Skype. Ask me for details.  Ciao,
Valentina
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ValWorkingValentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in Mediterranean 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. Get your copies through

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There Is No Blue Without Yellow | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

One of my friends, who grows food so beautifully, gave me a young pumpkin.  Attracted by the round shape, I photographed it and played with Photoshop magic manipulations. So many new versions came out that inspired me to create some new home décor concept boards.

I like very much the first color board I created in yellow tones. Yellow represents the sun in all its energy, it’s optimistic and cheerful. Some people feel annoyed around yellow, some people feel anxious and babies cry more in a yellow room. For these people, muted colors must be mixed with yellow to accommodate the negative effect yellow has on their mind and soul.
Solution: tone down with grayish tones and some light brown, introduce light by adding bluish and pale yellow hues, harmonize it with any hue of light and dark green and punch it up with a small percentage of yellow.

For the rest of us, yellow represents life and happiness. What is the solution? Go for the high tones of vibrant blue, green and purple, mix in the warm golden-yellow and feel kissed by the summer.

There is no blue without yellow and without orange ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun ~ Pablo Picasso

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie ~ Rodney Dangerfield.

When in doubt about the colors of your décor, add a little touch of brown. It’s safe and classy. Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer 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.
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Dress To Kill? Not Really | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aDress to kill? Not really. It’s my desire to get out of the house well put together even when I am wearing very casual clothes. If my soul is happy I am happy too, if my eyes are pleased I am pleased too and if my attire can strike a conversation and produce business, I will be even happier. Yesterday, I was dressed as I look in the picture.

I was browsing in a department store, looking for curiosities nothing in particular. At one moment a woman approached me asking for my opinion about some clothes she was thinking of buying. She said “I was well put together” and that was good enough for her to feel confident the opinion of a stranger was going to have a weight on her buying decision.

I explained to her from the point of view of a designer (but she didn’t know it at that moment) and with simple words why she should have bought one thing versus the other. Then someone else was listening and she got closer to really listen in. Then another woman got closer and more women arrived I don’t know from where. Pretty soon I had a small crowd asking my opinion on a variety of decisions and style for them. I should have asked the store to hire me as their fashion consultant!

The reason my outfit attracted people and their interest, was not just the inviting, summer yellow color of my hat.
There are rules for dressing up as there are rules for decorating homes. One can use them to the letter in a strict way, or as guidelines. The important thing is to know how to create balance, rhythm, and harmony. Those women even without knowing the fashion subject, sensed it I had it all together and felt naturally attracted by my energy.

In my outfit, I have all three elements. White is not a good color for my face, but it is needed in the summer to keep cool, thus to balance my figure I put it on the bottom part of my body. The white and dark blue stripes of my top create a rhythm because they go in three different directions; the ruched sides of this top are perfect to disguise and trick the eye just like the effect of Trompe-l’oeil designs in homes. The top had to be long enough to cover my bottom, as white tends to enlarge areas where nature has played very generously. My purse, sandals, and sunglasses are dark blue. However, without the element of surprise, that “vintage sunny yellow hat”, this ensemble would have been a common mise and it would not have sparked conversation in the store.

This is how I do it, I live my life with simple rules or common sense, as I like to refer to.

• Wearing a griffe on the clothes doesn’t make me feel more important. I know who I am and how I can help people, the griffe does absolutely nothing for me.
• Any common outfit can be dressed up with eccentric or interesting details.
• Personalize my mises as much as possible, not because I demand attention, my brain tells me it I am not interested in looking like everybody else.
• When using colors I keep it down to three and use only 10% of one of the three. In the outfit in the photo, my 10% is yellow.
• Wear colors that exalt my personality and make me feel good, regardless of fashion dictum.

Designing to me is building. In designing a personal image I build personal style; in designing a home I built harmony and in designing food or tables I build flavors. Voila’ I am here and prompt as ever to help. Consultations on-line are available. Ciao,
Valentina


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Val:FarfalleStampValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, working in the USA and Europe. Born in Italy and in a family of artists, style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience in fashion and interior designing led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can create your personal image or your private space. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors available on
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Color | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Where there is nature there is color and art.
Where there is food there is color and health.
Where there is color there is music and happiness.
A house without colors is a stale home.
A fashion without colors is a boring attitude.

Colors emanate positivism, project a positive image towards others and put others in a good disposition towards us.

One of my clients says I designed an edible house for her. She wants to eat it every time she comes home. Her color scheme came from a food list I was supposed to buy for myself that day.

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Spread colors in your home, in your garden, on your dinner table and in your wardrobe. Enjoy each day color by color and if colors intimidate you, ask me, I am here to help. It’s easy when two people row the boat.

Great challenge this week.

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Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val:FarfalleStampValentina Cirasola has been in business as an interior designer since 1990 improving people’s life by changing their spaces. Often people describe her as “the colorist” for a reason. She lives in a colorful world, wrote a book on colors ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors and loves to color her clients’ environments by creating the unusual. Her deep interest in food led her as an autodidact in the studies of food in history, natural remedies, nutrition and well-being, then finally she wrote two books on Italian regional cuisine. Find Valentina’s books on
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