Our speaker was Janel Kuhl. Janel graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with degrees in Interior Design and Marketing. In addition, she is an NCIDQ Certificate Holder, a registered Interior Designer in the State of Florida and a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining her family at the Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors, Janel worked as an Interior Designer for seven years designing Residential, Hospitality and Healthcare environments for clients all across the United States. Janel also taught Design Studio to the next generation of Interior Designers at Arizona State University, and she promotes sustainability in design at every opportunity.
Janel says that at Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors the one thing that differentiates them from most places is color. You see colors everywhere. But what is important is how to use color. Colors say a lot about you and about your home. They evoke emotions. They create feelings. For example, red is excitement, power, passion. Yellow is happiness, sunshine, brightness, freshness. Yellow is coming back together with blue. Grey is more somber, quieter, and more serious and sophisticated. Greys are a god way to blend with other colors. Black is more serious, it’s for people that are trying to communicate sophistication and elegance. Green is vitality and life. Greens and blues are very welcoming to the eye. Blue is very common in interior design because it’s very calming, very easy to live with, especially in Miami where the ocean is all around. Purple is not that vibrant, but it shows imagination; though you have to be daring to make purple part of your design scheme. Orange is making a big comeback. Pink is also very big now. White is crisp, clean, very Miamian, makes the space feel open. Browns are the earthy colors, but they are no in right now. It’s probably going to come back in the future. Browns are very traditional.
Most people are afraid of saturation, using from the lightest to the deepest colors of the palette will make a bold statement. To bring color into a room, you can add pillows and accessories in different colors. Some people buy different pillows for each season. Don’t hesitate to revitalize your place with paint. A lot of times in small rooms it can make a huge impact. You can go to the Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors to get color ideas. They have separate rooms set up with different color schemes. Their designers can also help you with color combinations.
Thanks Janel! Great and colorful information!
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