Be Illuminated In 2021 | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

The color of 2021 will be yellow/gold and pearl silver, says Pantone, Color Institute.
We are coming out of a literally “Blue” year. In fact, the color of 2020 was blue and left us feeling the blues like no other times. I hope we will never repeat that experience. This year, we will be using yellow as an energizing and illuminating color, combined with pearl silver to add that sophistication a pearl has.

How did I know yellow was going to be the color of this year? I didn’t. I just love yellow for all the reasons, the most important one is, being the color of the sun, it’s a natural batteries energizer. Some people eat sugar as a “pick me up” I wear yellow to boost my energy. I wear yellow on rainy days and in the summertime. I wear yellow for formal occasions and casual dressing up. I surround myself with yellow flowers and plenty of home décor accessories.
I bought this entire outfit last year and wore it only once due to lockdown. I hope to have the chance to wear it a lot more this year.

Yellow is a happy color, cheerful and inviting, I don’t understand why so many people resist yellow.

Remember, the word this year is “illuminated”. Whatever you do, bring light into your life, color yourself beautifully, staying positive will be a need. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer established in 1990. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. Currently, she consults on colors based on clients’ personalities and lifestyles, she creates atmospheres using the proper lighting that is going to add harmony and peace to the homes and she helps clients creating fantasy rooms instead of typical rooms looking like furniture showrooms. She is the author of six published books, two of which are on design subjects. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Yellow For Manifesting | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

September comes and I feel the end of the year is already here. With schools reopened, I am sure many feel the same way, thrown back in a hectic routine of preparing kids’ lunch, homework, taking them back and forth to game practices and school events. I don’t have kids, thus I am out of this kind of routine. I have clients who push to finish their work before the holiday start and that happens very soon with Halloween.

September reminds us that nature will go on hibernation soon, leaves will turn yellow and will fall to the ground lifeless. That’s the dark side of yellow, but we are not going to look at that for the moment.
September is the month to manifest new ideas and new things we want to happen in the new year, in business or personal life.

Yellow is the color to focus on for manifesting. The sun wakes us up every day, fills our rooms with a bright light and illuminates most of our day. The sun acts as a battery charger and so does yellow. As long as we manifest our wants, needs, and desire imagining a yellow light going through our body, surrounding ourselves with yellow flowers or objects, wearing yellow/gold clothes and eating yellow food, we will vibrate as if the sun is going through our body.  It will take a few days, but we will see a clear picture in front of us and we will take actions to make things happening the way we want.

 

Then we will go to green, the heart chakra, because we will feel at peace that what we have manifested is taking shape with our actions.
Luckily, most of my walls are yellow, from dark to light and golden, I get naturally energized. However even I need a bit more yellow when manifesting. This week, I have worn ochre, sun yellow, light Chartreuse and golden, mixed with blues, browns, greys, bronze, and white.

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Yellow food has a large part in manifesting, it instills positivity. For me it is not difficult to do, I love food and I love to cook. This week, I picked up some yellow mini peppers and stuffed them open face or whole with various ingredients and then baked them. These are some of the ingredients I use often for a fun variety of the same recipe:
1. canned tuna, olives, capers, cherry tomatoes, bread crumbs, olive oil, salt & pepper.
2. ground meat, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, spices, beaten egg, olive oil, salt & pepper.
3. rice, cherry tomatoes, any cheese you like, beaten eggs, olive oil, salt & pepper.
The list could on forever.

Mini peppers stuffed open face with saffron rice, spinach, beaten eggs, breadcrumbs, spices, olive oil, salt & pepper.


This is a salad of briefly boiled yellow beet with pomegranate, basil leaves, olive oil, salt & pepper. There is no better way to get energized with yellow food, but a healthy way.

Manifesting something you want to happen in your life happens in the center of the body, exactly in the stomach, where the gold chakra is located. You first think something in your mind, then it gets reworked or felt in the stomach, the gold is activated with your actions and the result will come.
This article was published also on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine by Sally Cronin.

Ciao,
Valentina
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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 was featured on RAI – Italian National TV and has made four appearances in shows 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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April Light | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Light is delicate, the air is fizzy, flowers are in bloom, nature is crisp, I am pondering light thoughts and seeing dreams. This is April in a whole new light.

In Europe, in April we exchanged the wardrobe, lighter weight clothes came down from the top of the wardrobe and we put winter clothes back in boxes well cleaned and ironed, ready for the next season.
In April we wore pastels and lighter color clothes, we wanted to blend in with the fresh nature. We wore layers of clothes to fight cold winters and slowly, by the time April rolled in, we shed a few layers. Shedding layers of clothes happened before global warming, when all seasons followed each other punctually to the dates established by nature itself. Now, living in California, the clothes I wear are the same winter and summer, seasons do not exist anymore. With the exception of a few rainy days, it is always Spring-like here, even in the winter. Summer time might turn windy and cold one week and suddenly the next week the temperature becomes torrid and unbearable.  I don’t complain about sunny days all year round, I should complain more about the price we pay for living here in a sunny region.

April is the first month of the year I get rid of things in my wardrobe, then in September again.
In April I open the windows to possibilities and keep my studio window open to let in the scent of my orange blossoms. I am blessed to work around blooming fruit trees, while somewhere else the world might be still under snow.
In April must free the body from winter toxins, make new friends and prepare to expat for a while from the routine.

April is the month of two zodiac signs, Aries and Taurus, both passionate about the light of their birthstones.
Aries rules with the warm light of yellow diamond, opal and sapphire on the cool side of the spectrum; Taurus dominates with its warm light from topaz, jasper, amber, coral, garnet, with turquoise and emerald on the cool side. If you want to wear yellow, combine it with all these jewel colors I just mentioned.

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My April light comes from yellow. I made these two sweaters, one with cool blue rosettes and the other with avocado green threads intertwined with pale yellow. Pardon me, if every so often I shamelessly advertise them, they are in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValentinaExpressions

Yes, I am blond and wear a lot of yellow, it makes me feel kissed by the sun. Often, I hear women saying they can’t wear this or that color because it blends too much with the color of their hair. What about women with dark hair wearing dark colors? Doesn’t that blend with the hair? So, it’s a myth. If you like something and looks good, wear it.  Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2018 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

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Yellow Everywhere | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

 

Floor Design made with 4 Marble Types

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During my color talk seminars, I hear, to my surprise, many negative comments about colors. Some people don’t wear orange, they associate it with prison orange. Others don’t wear yellow because it makes them feel jaundice. Green makes some people feel potted and Red, oh my…., let’s not use red because it is too bright, too bold, too everything…..it might excites someone….

Why don’t we start looking at colors as pieces of jewels or tasty food, instead?
Orange: agate stone or healthy orange juice.
Yellow: rare yellow diamond or yellow grape.
Green: emerald or green leafy vegetables.
Red: ruby or juicy strawberries.
Suddenly colors become interesting and vibrate positivity. After all, we embellish our hands with these jewels, and we eat these colors, why should we not have them in our homes.

Once we give a pleasant connotation to any colors, we are encouraged to wear and live even in bold colors. The secret is to use some bold colors sparingly as simple accents to give the décor live vibrations and they will not feel “in your face” anymore.

This year Yellow is everywhere. Yellow shows you are a happy person and have lively spirit. It also says you are courageous, like to take risks and shows you are confident.

A few years ago, I created a spectacular mixed floor (photo at the top) with four kinds of marbles: Giallo di Siena (Siena gold) combined with white Carrara, green and grey cipollino marble.
The result was original. These below are the samples of that room.


What does a foyer entry charged with warm yellow and apricot say about you?

What are you waiting? Use yellow freely, it can only bring sunshine in your life.
As I always say: “Colors will change your life vibrations”. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina 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 on-line design consultations through Skype and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world. She is the author of three books, all-available on

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Yellow In The Kitchen | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

A week ago, on the news, I heard some statistics on colors for homes. It was said that yellow kitchens don’t sell and blue bathrooms do, but missed to explain which blue will sell: dark blue, sky blue, aquamarine, periwinkle, turquoise, French blue, cobalt, indigo….I like to know who makes up these statics.
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I never knew people buy homes solely based on colors leaving behind all other important features. For what I know, houses sell based on a good location, highly reputed schools and parks, vicinity to stores, convenience to reach main freeways and highways, house modern amenities, natural light infusing the home, a beautiful view, designed details, solid architecture, well maintained backyard and above all, an excellent sale price.
People will buy a home when they are ready to make that investment and will buy anything that suit them, even a fixer upper.

I bought my home with a pea green linoleum kitchen floor, a brand new medium gray carpet all over the house and an uncultivated backyard burned by the sun.  I hated all of it, the floors and the backyard, but I saw the potential of my feature home. It had all the features I mentioned above, do you think I was going to pass up a good opportunity just because I didn’t like the color of the floors? No way!!! In fact, both linoleum and carpet were the first to go and little by little I designed a small paradise in my backyard. Now, I have a stone interior floor made with ashlar pattern, the same used in old European villas.

 

It goes with the golden-yellow walls of my kitchen and one special wall in the dining area colored in burgundy wine, which sometimes turns aubergine in different times of the day as the sun turns.

 

I want to remind the people who made up that statistic, that yellow is an inviting color, it’s the color of the sun. We get in the sun because it energizes our batteries, makes us feel positive and healthy.

Yellow is the color of many foods, the first one that comes to mind is yellow grape, which gives us delicious white wines and all the bubbles we all like so much.

Yellow is the color of cantaloupe, squash, apple, pineapple, pepper, banana, lemon, potato, honey, corn, cheese, egg yolk, orange juice, starfruit, chanterelle mushrooms, mango, polenta, turmeric, tomato, beets, peaches, do you want more?
Eat these yellow foods to feel strong, energized and happy. Why wouldn’t anyone want yellow kitchen walls?
Yellow is especially an appropriate color in a gray, cold climate. In those areas, getting up and make coffee in a yellow kitchen is a blessing. It helps to start the day in a positive way.

Perhaps those people in the news should look closer at the colors they wear…..

Don’t be afraid of colors, get outside your comfort zone and experience new colors, they can only bring you renovated energy. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

 

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As a designer in business since 1990, I am interested in helping people designing their interior and exterior spaces with an overall feeling of peace, relaxation and harmony that will draw them home eagerly. I am always looking to add that special touch with original findings to the spaces I design. Color is the focus of my business today, changing people’s energy and life force just by introducing them to colors they would have never imagined. Vogue Italia magazine, Gentry and many prominent magazines in California featured my work, I appeared on RAI, National Italian T.V. and nonetheless my story continues. Find copies of my book on colors:  ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors – and  the rest of my  books Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
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