A Week In Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

It doesn’t seem I have ever enough colors in my life. This past week, I ran a week of colors on Facebook, spreading my knowledge, explaining some properties of colors and presenting some methods for using colors.
I had a client, who poor thing, didn’t understand anything about colors, did not know how to combine colors, anything about the subject of colors was gibberish to her. In her native country, taking art classes was considered not that important, it was the reason for her lack of color knowledge, which made her very unsecured in some tasks of the day, like getting dressed. I had to create a color system for her to make the act of getting dressed in the morning easy and worry-free.

Waldorf-Colors-of-the-Day

Waldorf Colors of the Day

Some people hear, see, or smell something and immediately memories of a person, a situation, attached to that sound, that view, or particular aroma, perfume, or odor comes to their mind. This condition of receiving a stimulus through sensory perception is called synaesthesia and some people can either taste colors or see their days in colors without any efforts. They dress in the color of each day because they see specific colors for each day.

Many are the color methods for each day of the week, it all depends on your belief. The Waldorf color method invented by Rudolf Steiner was used for educating kids in kindergarten and elementary age to use a specific color for each day. The method created a daily routine, a new life rhythm and apparently, kept them from making tantrums. The method teaches kids the basic order of things, kids are better prepared for the natural succession of life events, i.e. Tuesday comes after Monday, and know-how to transition from one thing to another, i.e. Red Day comes after Purple Day, meaning for example on the Red Day the kid must organize his/her closet as one of the chores to do daily. Kids using the Waldorf method know to get dressed in the color of the day without any problem (they know what to expect) and do activities using those colors.
However, kids are going to be kids. I am wondering, what if one kid wants to change the color of one day? Will he/she be considered a rebel, or a free thinker?
As a kid, I could not possibly follow any method….although disciplined and focused on my studies, I had my way and that was the way. My father often came to my elementary school to apologize with the teacher because I had studied what I wanted and not what was assigned. 😀

Color methods were not always accepted as a discipline to learn something organized. There were times when color combinations and believing that the color of each day came from the colors of planets, were associated with witchcraft.

“Today, scientists have attributed various colors to each planet they have discovered. We know that Mars is the red planet and the Moon is silvery. They also have attributed certain colors to the substances each planet is made of. If you ever had a birth chart done for you, then you know that zodiac signs and planets represent the cosmos influence you were born under. One or two planets rule each astrological sign, their color energy can affect our personality as well as defining lines of character.” I wrote it in my book ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors

I believe in the theory that the colors of planets affect us human being on earth, thus I went to visit Mars when I published my first book at the end of that year. Ah, ah, 😂

Valentina on Mars

Valentina on Mars

 

Color of the day method is also used in marketing, i.e. blue sale today for menopause day or yellow day for the sale of your virgin grandmother. Get it?!
Selling products on discount must have a certain bright color, red for instance, to create immediacy and a need to buy it now.

In certain religions, the color of each day is for the celebration of Deities’ birthday. The color palette of each day might change in various religions. The world of colors unites many cultures and that to me is fascinating. If following a method of colors means to have a structured life with less stress and worries, then, by all means, do it. Ciao.
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina with short hairValentina Cirasola transforms and creates spaces realizing people’s dreams in homes, offices, interiors, and exteriors. She infuses your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. Valentina is well-known for bringing originality on any project and for thinking outside the box. Her interiors are not made with cookie cutters, only follow client’s inspiration, lifestyle, and personality. She offers online design consultations through Skype or Zoom and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world.  She is the author of four books. The latest 2 newly published books are
©The Road To Top Of The World on Amazon
©Naked Lemons on Amazon 
All other books are available on Barnes&Nobles 

 

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The Story Of Your Home |Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Last week, I participated to a Challenge on Facebook Live and all the benefits a business can draw from doing live videos from that platform. I decided my dedicate my fifth day video to the story of your home.  Does a home have a story? Yes, absolutely. In Italy, my native country, we believe that the first person walking by when the foundation of a home are laid out, is the person that leaves his/her spirit in the house. Chinese people believe the entry door must be set toward East, where the sun rises, to give a positive and lucky feeling to the house. These might be superstitions, but I can tell you that every time I went  into a house I was buying, a sensation in my stomach and on my skin told me if I was welcomed there or not. If the feeling was positive and I felt good about the house, I started the process of buying and thinking of the décor.

Yesterday, someone made a comment after she saw this video below, on how to transition from Mediterranean style into a coastal style when she will move to a different house and was kind of worried all her expensive Mediterranean style furniture was not going to fit in the coastal style.
My first approach to that would be to think of colors first. Second, if when furniture are good, beautiful and expensive, go out of style and need to be updated.

Coastal colors are not only made of light blue, white and light green. Looking at the colors of my shell collection and my underwater flora/fauna photo, it comes apparent the Sea colors comes from algae, coral reef, fish, rocks and sand. In coastal colors is easy to find yellow, orange, red, purple, greens in all shades, beiges, muted colors, greys and even black.

My shell collection

 

Underwater life and colors

In the ’90s it was the rage the have at least a kitchen, if not the entire home in Tuscan/Mediterranean style. Everybody went with beiges, browns and dark burgundy, as if there wasn’t anything else in the market. I had the impression people had lost fantasy and couldn’t imagine anything else. Mediterranean colors and style are beautiful and very colorful, the interpretation was wrong. The Mediterranean basin is a sunny, very warm area of the world, it is colorful and cheerful, reflecting the weather.

I am not sure why in the US, Mediterranean style was interpreted with beiges, dark burgundy and browns, so very gloomy! I am glad that fad is gone.
In my gallery, I am showing the correct colors of Mediterranean style for those who want to do it right. It is still a good style for a home.

 

 

Photo Source: Romeo Cuomo FB – https://www.facebook.com/romeo.cuomo

Now, go on, find your color palette and start your story.

In my video, I tell just about all, however, I am here ready and prompt to help. It is easy to rock the boat together.

 

thanks for watching. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer working in the USA and Europe since 1990, specializing in interior and exterior, color analysis, 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 was seen on RAI – Italian National TV and 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/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

 

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