Say It With Colors | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

Say It With Colors, is the TV show I conducted last week by myself in front of a live audience. The show is about presenting the fresh, unusual color combinations we can do this year with Ultra Violet color, one of the bold and very powerful colors of 2018.
(Click on each photo to view it larger)

Entry Scene: "Say It With Colors" TV Show - Valentina Design Universe

Entry Scene: “Say It With Colors” TV Show – Valentina Design Universe

(Above: Photo was taken in the studio by Tyler Wiest)

Questions from the audience were interesting. Time always feels very short, in only 30 minutes show, I could not answer all the questions, but I will elaborate on them here:

What is the most attractive color to the human eye?
I would say that red, green, yellow and gold are attractive to the human eye.
Red is the color of the heart pumping red blood. It is the color of passion and love. Products on sale always have a red tag and we feel the urge to buy them while the discount lasts. It’s the color of impulse buying and the color of those who take action. In fact, when selling a house, an entry door painted red and some red accessories scattered around the rooms will help to sell the house faster.
Green is a peaceful color of nature and everyone feel at ease.
Yellow is the powerful energy of the sun and gold is the powerful energy of wealth.

Modelo Paint Finish

(Above: accent wall Red Modelo paint finish by Douglas Greenberg)

Ceramic decorative balls

Ceramic balls

What color is the sexiest?
It is hard to answer this question without thinking of a nation and its culture. Not all colors have the same meaning in all the cultures. For example, in European countries black is associated with death and funerals, white in China is used for death and funerals, but in Brazil purple is the color for death and funerals. Funny, how three different colors mean the same thing in three different continents.

What color looks best with cream?
Cream color alone, to me, is a very boring color, for some people is a calming color. The eyes need light and shadow to feel rested. If a room or the entire home is cream color without any other accent colors, the eyes will wonder constantly and soon will feel tired. The vibe from a cream color is very feeble, to create an interesting monochromatic cream color scheme, the option is to pair cream with a few earth tones, such as brown, olive, rust, coral, or to pair it with a few dark accents as navy blue, purple, or even black. With warm and hot colors, such as red, orange, red and rust, cream becomes the color which dilutes the others and calms them down.

Beige Color and Texture Concept Board

How to spice up a personal space with colors?
Answering this question is like having a clean canvas and splash any colors on it. Rhythm is what you want to create to spice up any room. Look for something that will attract the viewer, such as an accent wall painted as an art piece or painted in a bold color; mix furniture changing style and colors; add textures in the accessories or mix floor textures; paint kitchen/bath cabinetry or add whimsical doorknobs/hardware; mix antique and modern lighting fixtures.

A mix of textures and colors for a sitting room

(Above: Mixed furniture)

Painted Verdigris Patina – Laundry wall

(Above: Accent wall painted as an abstract art piece by Gyorgy Sofalvi)


(Above: Mixed ceramic hand painted kitchen cabinet doorknobs)

Whatever you do, it’s your home and if you like to have one polka dots wall with an animal print sofa or a red kitchen with Salvador Dali hardware who is to say it’s wrong? Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author, who became a TV producer/host. She is currently producing her shows at KMVT15 in Mountain View, Los Altos & Cupertino TV station, under her label Valentina Design Universe. The goals of her shows are to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion. She never gives up trying new things. She found new energy conducting shows by herself and interviewing guests on the stage of her shows. Find Valentina Design Universe TV here: https://goo.gl/2tbN3N

Get a copy of her books here:

Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB

Color Expressions in 2018 | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Coco Chanel said; “The best color is the color that looks good on you”.
Year after year we follow colors around, we discard new clothes just because they represent last year colors and not for a moment we stop to think if those new colors are really suitable for our texture, face, age and personality, or we bought them just because they were in fashion.

I don’t get excited when I see the same colors or the same fashion style on everybody, I get totally bored. I want to see women vibrating their own energy, as it happened in the ‘20s -‘30s -‘40s -‘50s and then there was the abyss. Women of past eras wanted to be different from one another with a style, which was personal and unique to their personality. Men’s fashion has not changed that much in the last 100 years. Shirt collars were first higher and then lower, ties were first shorter, then longer, pants bottoms were large, then became skinny like a pencil, back to large and back to skinny again, jackets were single breasted and double-breasted. The basic men suit-look stayed the same with a few minor changes from time to time, nothing special to talk about. Women, instead, have slipped from looking sophisticated, classy and elegant to plunging into vulgarity. The other day, I saw a woman walking in the street dressed in a striped white and blue pajama, house slippers with fake fur all around, a Gucci bag on her arm and a diamond ring on the finger. Not only she devalued the diamond ring, but she looked awful and totally sloppy.

I am a highly attentive person, I see small details other people don’t notice and I am aware of my surroundings. Here, I am only making an observation of what I saw in the street, I don’t wish to change a nation. If women feel good going out in the streets in a striped pajama or rollers in their hair, more power to them. Happiness, after all, is also feeling free and detached from society’s constrictions. I am just very sad that women don’t care for the way they look anymore.
I want to bring the beauty of life created with the right colors to those people who want to listen and want to find harmony within themselves.

Those who still care about their appearance, should find colors and style that look good on them, colors that nourish their soul and make them feel good. They should find the style, which  gives them an aura of self-esteem and allows them to leave an impression behind when they exit a room.

Based on Pantone color choices for 2018, I have created three palettes easy to compose as your next color expressions in the next year. (Click on each photo to view it larger).

Teck – A technique to combine Bright Turquoise, Pink and Purple colors anchored with Brilliant White or Frosted Almond.

 

Discretion – Nostalgic hues for a subtle palette, such as Elderberry, Burnished Lilac, and Hawthorne Rose combine with strengthening tones, such as Coffee or Gold.

 

Intricacy – Intensity to convey power and to providing an eclectic mix of colors balanced with Black, Gold, Silver or  Bossa Nova.

Style is a journey, putting clothes on is just covering the body. Once you find your powerful colors and style, that “first impression” will give you the right vibrations and the world will know who you are! I hope you will try these colors and if you want to show them, please post them here. Ciao,
Valentina
https://valentinadesigns.com/services#fashion-services

 

Copyright © 2017 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB

 

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