Light & Bright ‘Bring on the light’

Light & Bright

Whether you are planning a new look for your space to meet your current needs, or you are thinking about selling your home, lighting is an excellent way to start transforming any space. ‘Light and bright’, ‘Open and airy’ are common comments from buyers especially in todays market.

While you may not have a full renovation budget to turn a challenging space into an open one, you can edit your lighting and colours in spaces to achieve immediate results! While there are many professional tips and tricks to staging a property for a lucrative sale or decluttering and reorganizing a space, lighting and colour are key. Try to incorporate the three main types of lighting where possible and applicable, as each space is unique:

* Ambient/General Lighting: Gives your space an overall glow and lights up the space just enough to create the atmosphere, mood or tone. (General lighting allows for safe navigation of a space.)

* Task Lighting: Provides bright, non-glare lighting for key a strategic areas such as under-counter lighting, vanity lighting, and reading/ studying lighting.

* Accent Lighting: This type of lighting is intended to highlight key focal points in a room such as a niche, artwork or lighting within a wall unit. Often accent lighting can be fun and dramatic, both in function and form.

Proper lighting in a space is extremely important. It can work for you by supporting specific tasks, can curate the right feeling or mood in a space (this is where colour and light work in tandem), and can help your home stand out in online photos or a virtual tour.
While each space is unique and personal, I do aim to understand each client’s spatial (as well as special) needs to achieve optimum
results, especially when selling your home is the ultimate goal!
Light and bright is here to stay! Until next time, stay well….

Janine May

 

Article originally written for Kathy Summers Forest Hill Real Estate.    ****  Contact:  ksummers@foresthillparkview.com ****

Kitchen refinishing done by:  booth7.com

Light & Bright Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Booth 7 Painting Solutions

 

Emerald Future Thinking & Biophilia for Living

IDS Show Features Installations ‘By Nature’ 2018, 19

Emerald Future Thinking for Working & Living Spaces

Biophilic stems from the word biophilia, meaning a ‘love of nature’

Biophilia is currently a hot topic conversation for design and architecture, as well at Interior Design Shows 2019.

 

Everyone knows that nature is one of the principal stress relievers, and today, stress and anxiety are seriously a part of our everyday worlds, especially in urban centres, and in our over-scheduled lives. Many researchers are revealing that by including just a few biophilic design elements (such as plants) effectively in live or work spaces is a great start to building healthier human-centric spaces.

Designing your human-centric spaces with natural elements such as indoor vegetation, plant walls and large windows can:

* Boost your overall wellbeing and productivity.

* Reduce stress, as they sooth and inspire, improving cognitive function and enhance mood & creativity.

* Improve overall air quality.

* Make a space feel complete and inhabited, as visually pleasing, green shades are a natural neutral.

* Fight effects of climate change in an eco-friendly direction, and promote sustainability methods.

Companies of the future, such as Google, Apple & Amazon, are investing heavily in designed office spaces that enhance wellbeing, reduce stress and increase productivity. Biophilia is just one design strategies being used.

 

As a nature lover myself, I often wonder how we, as humans became so disconnected from nature? Our interiors became so clinical, with fluorescent tube lighting and cold synthetic materials.  Is it about taking the tine to smell the roses? Where is the human connection to today’s environments, filled with synthetic materials, cold steel or oil based bi-products?

Perhaps, we are remembering how important our connection to nature truly is, and how, there is more to biophilia that meets the three-dimensional eye through which we see the world.

Orchids are gorgeous and fun to grow!

Tip: Emerald green often found in plants, is associated with the heart chakra, and Energy Healers call this the “divine Emerald Ray of light” which heals certain human ailments.

Trend Focus: The future of design is focusing more and more on wellness and natural elements to boost our human-centric journey forward.

 

 

 

Emerald Ray- heart chakra ‘Healing our systems of light’

Almost like we are standing in the bright radiating sunlight, the golden solar ray lifts us up, allowing us to tune into the emerald green ray.

This green ray of light makes us feel very bright, and is a core uplifting, healing ray of light!

Nature is in tune with our vibratory DNA. While walking thru a lush green forest, filled with the scents of white pine wafting in the air and listening to the rustling of the foliage, our vibrational energy improves, as we reconnect with nature to support our own healing, and our visual sight is actually said to be enhanced.

We tune into and ignite this higher green light; it is a lush frequency of light.

This ray of healing light uplifts our core light.

Information taken from YouTube Video by Cynthia Cole Energy Healer   www.healingourenergy.ca www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ71NQuFl54

A walk in nature inspires your mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Article & Sources:  http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/bringing-outdoors-into-office/  

The Impact and Benefits of Biophilia in the Workplace

 

Maison et Objet 2019 …. Colour Love

Top Row: Maison et Object Colours Bottom Row: IDS show Toronto Colours

A quick comparison in colour seen at Maison in Paris vs. IDS show Toronto. Would love to see more images of Maison et Object, to continue comparing thru colourful eyes!

European Design regarding colour always amazes me, and we see this annually through our work at CMG. The green in the IDS (Toronto, Canada) swatch mostly comes from all the plants we observed at the show this year, only a tiny bit of this green in textiles. The overall European freshness of colour really resonates with fashion, as here we are seeing a tiny bit more colour on the horizon coming into 2019, there is alot of grey here still in North America. Grey is a safe interior finish, but sort of creates a sad mood in fashion, so folks let’s wear some COLOUR- toss some fresh colour in the mix- it will lift our spirits during the dreary winter! Spring Colours are in Sight!

Image Inspired by Jeannette Hanenburg
Trip to Maison 2019
Colour Professionals – Centre for Colour & EducationAntwerp Area, Belgium
Interior Design Show 2019 Living Colour

 

IDS Show Living Colour

 

Inspired by Jeannette Hanenburg’s Video Post Jan 19th/ 2019 at Maison- JLN’s Booth https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6492108198357590016

 

 

Staging Spaces

 

It always amazes me when I see a completed transformation like this become real!

The design intention is inspired by a fusion of coastal living elegance, light, bright and feeling as though you are ready to relax in this Scandi- Canadian country home!     Another perfect Staging project!

As I first walked into this space, all I could think was ‘Wow, I have a perfect space to transform with colour!’

These wonderful homeowners graciously followed my magic paint brush, as I spec’ed softly toned whites and smokey neutrals, some new accent pieces and plants.

We all worked our magic together with the excellent team at Booth 7 Painting Solutions who made the cabinet and mantle painting transformations happen!

 

www.booth7.com

www.janinemay.ca

 

A New Neutral….

A New Neutral for Design!

Color Marketing Group said it best: Lamb’s Ear: “Whisper your Style”!

This colour is so current–it’s unreal how quietly the colour seems to appear in almost anything from softly-toned textiles, ribbons of silk, through fine wool carpets; in artwork, pottery and home decor; in our gardens as new varieties of succulents and cactus.

We see this colour everywhere in home decor, even in places where grey has traditionally dominated the colour landscape. So is this a new neutral coming forward? We see some very interesting neutrals being used now.

Possibly the season for Lamb’s Ear as we see in gardens; possibly this is a call for soft earth-toned hues to reconnect us with the earth and nature’s moments of solitude.

Imagine sitting at the water’s edge on a crisp misty morning by the lake, soft scent of evergreen, before the sun rises and only the sound of a loon calls out. Soft, meditative ripples in the water gently glide along as water life stirs below. What a lovely way to start your day…. somewhere calm, where you can think. This colour transports you to that moment, a location, a time, as it is seen in many places in nature.

Lamb’s Ear is definitely a colour that intrigues many of us. There appears a slight variance in shade and it is often paired with similar blue-green tones, (reminiscent of the plant); it is really more about the smooth feeling this colour creates with layers of light. Those who are “nervous nellies” about using COLOUR in their space or wardrobe, and currently we see a lot of white, grey and black, this colour may just resonate with you! Incorporate it into sheets, cushions, a soft wall tone, a carpet or through artwork—almost anywhere really—just be a little carefree, relax and pair it with other neutrals or soft shades. Enjoy this free flowing natural new neutral hue!

Inspired Colour!

Lamb’s Ear Colour Name:  http://colormarketing.org

 

 

 

Upcycled Organization Station!

Staying organized and keeping events/ dates all straight is always tricky!

Yes of course, we have Smart Phones to keep our calendars…. yet sometimes we need to hang some important keys, necklace, lanyard, pin up a fast note or save a cool label, ticket or picture!  If you are a visual person like me, gosh I need a reminder board as a landing space,  to quickly glance at it each day as I run out!

Upcycling made this board redesign almost free! 

Upcycled Cork board MOD & Deep Styling!

 

Here’s How to create your own old school Cork board Hack!

  • Select a dramatic latex paint colour!
  • (Note: You can use a contrasting colour from your walls or your wall paint for a monochromatic look!)
  • Paint with roller or brush 2 coats of paint, let dry between coats
  • Clean up edges or frame or repaint frame- depending on material of frame you may have to use a spray paint
  • I created metallic thumb tacks by spraying a light coat of metallic spray paint to old tacks (picture included)
  • Select your favourite colour note paper as ‘To Do Notes”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Have Fun with your old school cork board and ‘Pin Up’ whatever your smart phone will not hold!

Gorgeous Greens

Fresh & Gorgeous Spring Greens

Fresh Spring Greens are all around us….
Peaceful Design Inspirations with Natural Greens

Green is all around us…. and People NEED Green!

The Green freshness of fruits and veggies found in the produce isle, seasonal and tropical plants or simply a walk on the dewy grass refreshes us, and gives us a Green Break in the day!

When designing spaces of almost any variety, plants are always included as a design element, for me- it seems that spaces need plants to breath life into it!

Similarly when staging a home for sale, plants are an essential!… plants can easily give the impression of an inhabited healthy home.

Helpful DesignTips: Designing your space with Plants….

  • Creates a feeling of Eco Modern Mindfulness
  • Gives a fresh feeling (good green energy) and some plants improve the air quality in your space creating a healthier environment to live/ work in. Green is said to enhance focus, create a feeling of growth
  • Earth bound colours in design are proven to be calming and grounding feeling, lowering stress levels as we reconnect with green
  • Fear not- neutral decor lovers- shades of green can appear as a neutral colour in a room palette. (Ex.”Green Peace” Colour of the Year by Beauti-Tone)
  • With respect to Chakras, the colour green represents the ‘Heart Chakra’…. perhaps, green is at the heart of all us!

 

Enjoy a healing regenerative walk in the green park to clear your mind and lower stress.

‘Earthing’ is a technique which is said to reconnect/ ground us with nature, thus promoting healing.

I love to bring my patio or living spaces to life with container gardens, terrariums, himmelis (Swedish plant decor item).            Gorgeous green crisp leafy or citrus zest in foods to savour, a refreshing glass of Limeade (maybe with something special added!!), enhance your window with a mini herb garden resonating freshness in the air, cushions and painted accents can brighten up, renew and refresh your space…. creating a feelings of fresh focus for your mind, body & spirit!

 

As Global Trending information reveals for 2019/ 2020, the busier and crazier life is all around us, the more we retreat to eco, promoting green/ clean energy, positive growth, health and the comforting balance of Spring Green hues…. change is on the way!

PS….  the Queen of England wore an exuberant hue of bright spring green, the bride & bridal party carried green bouquets  at the recent royal wedding of two global figureheads for change. Inspired by the freshness of Green.

Green Space, Apple Trees, Port Dover Ontario Canada

 

 

Here is a fun little ‘green friendly’ project for your kids play table…..

…. and best of all just repaint over when you need a new look!

 

Creative Eco Friendly kids table- Fresh Greens

 

Here Comes the Sun!

Experience Colour Everyday…. the Sun is Always Shining in My Studio!

You are Invited to join this Colourful Adventure!

Purposefully discovering the pure essence of colour inspirations for design…. decor…. or wherever colour takes you!  We discover colour in the world around us each day… it can be subtle or it can be dynamic.

Colour is SUCH a powerful element to create with.  We all experience colour uniquely, so be sure to enjoy the world in living colour!

Yellow is full of Energy and Freshness! A burst of Sunshine, a ray of light or a hopeful yellow ribbon tied to a tree!

The Power Colour: YELLOW

Yellow is full of energy, vitality and a hit of freshness! A powerful burst of sunshine, a ray of light or a hopeful yellow ribbon tied to a tree!  

Wearing yellow is empowering!  In a sea of grey or black clothes, which are great background colours, you will not stand out.  Each time I wear yellow to an event or meeting, someone invariably comments “I love the freshness yellow brings to your look!”

Yellow is said to stimulate intellect and creativity, filling your mind with positive energy.  It is always seen as a happy colour!…remember, Smileys are yellow!

George Harrison wrote the famed Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” as a relief to the long grey winter, getting outside to finally enjoy some spring sunlight, from the dull winter 1969 England.

 

What’s the sense of yellow anyway?

Yellow in Nature: Bananas (a source of Vitamin D), canaries, honeybees, daffodils, buttercups, day lilies, lemons, etc.

Scent: Citrus, uplifting, zippy, fresh.

Taste: Straight lemons make your mouth pucker, but lemon tea is refreshing.

Yellow in Design: Welcoming, warmth and cheery atmosphere is created. If someone is unwell, try  bringing yellow into their space through flowers or accessories to lift the spirit and reflect light.

Ding! I have an Idea!

Soft yellows (think butter) are stunning on walls in children’s rooms, just be sure to temper the shades, as saturated tones can create excitement making bedtimes a challenge!

Bright pops of canary or sunshine yellow lend themselves well to modern design, whereas more toned ochre, gold or mustard are often seen in traditional or heritage designs.

 

Yellow is the perfect antidote to a dull day—have yourself a sunshine of a day filled with bright ideas!

 

Dining Room Drama!

Inspiration Design Board for Dining Space Colours & FinishesHow to Set the Stage for a Dining Space you ask?

Drama- Is the name of the game for Dining Rooms for colour & lighting!

Let’s take the Myth right out of; only pale shades on the walls make a space feel GRAND!

Actually depending on your dining room space, this is the room where you can go a little wild with!

Saturated deep hues add dramatic, elegant evening tones, which create visual focus in a well planned space.

This dining room was colour balanced by adding a rich accent wall, layering contrasting finishes in furniture, metallic silver, pewter and don’t forget the mirror to further enhance depth and reflection of lighting! Lighting is a key component, layering lighting types and dimmers on your switch plate! – Your guests almost expect a little excitement here as your dining space sets the stage for a little entertainment!

The Dining room Designer stage is set, your dinner party conversations will never be the same with these curated Designer Trade Secret Hues!

Continuously, I am inspired by colour & finishes found in nature when designing spaces and this dining room is inspired by the illusiveness of the magical midnight sparkly sky, finishes of a dragonfly wing, crisp, fresh natural green fruit & foliage.

One Dynamic deep tinted accent wall is all it takes to create this look, and when you bored of it- Change it up- it is only One Wall!

Colour Inspiration is all around us, drink it in, snap a shot, experiment with it- ‘Colour is Pure Luxury!

Modern Dining Space Inspired by the Magical Midnight Sky!

 

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