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Knowing how to face at the best a renovation, small or large, is really important to prevent the dream from becoming a nightmare!

We have said it several times, restructuring is not a picnic, and it can be very stressful, but some tricks can “facilitate” this path!

THREE TRICKS TO FACILITATE THE PATH

Let’s see them together, in order:

– CHOOSE AN ARCHITECT OR SURVEYOR:

If you need to renovate, unless you just have to redo the floors and/or whitewash, you MUST turn to a professional for the project, for the bureaucratic part, for safety on-site and, indeed, follow the work!

Be careful that not all professionals do everything I have just mentioned, so I recommend making sure that it can follow every part, not to risk any kind of sanctions!

– MAKE A DETAILED PROJECT:

I know, it’s not the first time you’ve heard me say it, but that’s because it’s really the cornerstone of the whole process!

Where to start?

If you don’t build from scratch you must surely start from the current state map!

From there, if you rule out any load-bearing walls, you can really go wild!

But I suggest you start with the furniture!

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but if you study the rooms from the furniture you’ll be able to create really functional settings!

Once you have identified the furniture, you can decide on the appropriate size for each room.

Once this is done, or at the same time, you can choose the materials and finishes, so that they will match the chosen furniture!

Then you can study the various systems, the electrical one, in particular, will be studied ad hoc for the position of the various elements present, making the environment even more comfortable!

– CHOOSE THE CONSTRUCTORS OR THE VARIOUS CRAFTSMEN:

having clear the work to be done and the materials you want to use will make it easier for you to search and find the right professionals!

I know that often we start from the choice of the constructor, but it is unthinkable that everyone can do everything!

Laying a resin, for example, is certainly not the same as laying tiles and requires different skills!

If you have a clear idea of what you want to do you can choose a constructor or craftsmen SPECIALISED who will surely know how to do a good job!

Better a single constructor or individual craftsmen?

It always depends on the works you want to do, there are the pros and cons in both cases:

– with a single constructor, you have only one contact person and the professionals working inside already know each other, this could save time,

– if turn on individual craftsmen you may get lower prices, because, easily the company will add a more or less large percentage on the quote of the individual professional!

In any case, if you choose a constructor, make sure that it does the work directly and not subcontract to another company, in this case, you can be sure that the prices will be much higher!

OTHER ADVANTAGES OF FOLLOWING THESE THREE TRICKS

Doing this will allow you to have a clear understanding of the costs you are about to face, and the picture is total!

So, not having yet “lifted a finger” you can always fix things!

Once you’ve done these three things, you can start work!

Will everything go smoothly?!

Well, it’s really hard because a few hitches and a few unexpected are easy to happen, it’s part of it!

If you invest some time in the research for the right professionals, but especially in the project, you will surely reduce the problems!

And the stress that follows and you will surely be able to face your renovation in the best way!

Even at an economic level, the possible cost increases are reduced, because the quotes for the works are based on a well-detailed project, and therefore, unless there is a change in the race on your part or something unexpected, the prices will remain the same!

TO DEAL AT THE BEST A RENOVATION IT’S POSSIBLE!

To face at the best a renovation is possible, the important thing is not to be in a hurry to start the work without having clear ideas!

Among other things, when everything is well planned, it allows you to speed up the whole process and not just a little bit because everyone will have clear what to do and so there will be no waste of time!

The investment made in the project and research will pay off!

If you’re going through a renovation and you’re feeling a little lost, don’t hesitate to contact me!!

The other day a friend told me he wanted to change the colors of his home, that he had read all my posts on the psychology of color, that he had mulled over several times.

But… he absolutely could not decide.

This was because there were too many colors that he liked and somehow felt could represent him.

But, rightly and more importantly, he didn’t want to make his house a harlequin!

So how do you choose the colors of the house when there are so many ideas and maybe even a little confused?

THE FIRST WAY

First of all, we must start from two important data:

– floors and fixtures (especially internal ones such as doors)

– Presence of furniture.

If you don’t want to do a renovation, you have to keep the floors as they are!

There is the possibility to color them, but you absolutely must call a professional, to have a good and lasting result!

So that’s a COLOR already present… and you can’t underestimate it!!!

If the floor has neutral colors, there will be no problems, but if, for example, you have a yellowish floor, you will have to take this into account!

The same goes for interior windows and doors, sure they are definitely easier to stain eventually.

But if you didn’t have the manual skill, didn’t want to, or if you are renting a home and couldn’t, these windows and doors have a color, and you can’t pretend it’s not there.

Finally the furniture: if you already have it and, understandably, you don’t want to change it, even those have their color to keep in mind.

HERE HOW TO USE THE COLORS YOU ALREADY HAVE

Taking these colors already present in the home will be enough to maintain a monochrome house, that is, using the same color more or less saturated.

If you prefer, with the color wheel you can make the right combinations, and you can do them in various ways:

– one is by analogy, that is using the colors close to your main color;

– by extended analogy or not only the neighboring ones but also those immediately after your main color;

– by direct contrast, using the complementary ;

– or by divergent contrast, therefore not the direct complementary, but those on the side, exactly as you see in the picture!

– the last color scheme, the triadic, is obtained by drawing an equilàteral triangle in the wheel!

ANOTHER WAY

There is also another way to find the right colors to take home: it is an indeed funny way.

And this is true whether you start from scratch or have floors, fixtures, and furniture: to use a picture!

Why?

I will tell you.

You have a million pictures under your eyes every day and, among them, there will be some that excite you in a particular way, am I right?

Usually, those photographs have colors that we like and also represent us!

Of course, if you have floors, fixtures, or furniture, look among the photos you love for one that also has those colors or at least very similar.

Now you can take the colors in the photograph and bring them all to your home!

HOW TO PICK COLORS FROM A PICTURE

How to do it?

Well, if you don’t have photography programs, you can search for a program on the internet or an app on your mobile phone that can create color palettes for you from photos!

For pc, for example, you have HD Rainbow or Adobe color.

And for mobile there are many, but I can recommend Palette, which applies to both android and ios, or Adobe capture.

For example, from phone, I made this test:

Can you see?

It also gives you the RGB color which is how much red, green, and blue are in this color, in every color.

You can also get, always with one of the many programs on the internet, to the colors NCS, Sikkens, or Ral which are the most used for the colors of the walls.

Not only that, it gives you, for each color also the complementary and some matches!

If the program would only give you Hex codes, you don’t have to worry: the color manufacturers will absolutely know how to convert them, or, even there, there are plenty of converters on the internet.

If a photo has struck you and makes you feel an emotion, easily also the colors captured will create it.

PAY ATTENTION!

Be aware, however! You have to know how to dose them!!!

They cannot all be used in a quantitatively undifferentiated way!

Neutral colors can be used with more lightness, but characterizing colors should be used as accent colors, in small to medium doses.

And especially they have to be calmed, and also emphasized, by neutrals, such as white.

They serve to give character, but too much can then stew!

If you are not sure how to change your home colors, if you are afraid of making a mistake, you can always contact me:

Find the meaning of the colors and how to use them at home!

Each of us has his favorite color, which we wear as often as we can and which we often bring home coloring the walls or with textiles, objects, and paintings…

Colors have their meanings that give us an idea about who is wearing them.

Let’s see together the intrinsic meaning of the various colors and how to use them at home!

(if you prefer you can watch it on my YouTube channel!)

– RED:

it is the color of Love, Strength, Energy, Passion, and Excitement.
But it is also the symbol of blood and danger.

In interiors: very well in the living room and the kitchen, always taking care to balance it with some neutral colors, red is color really intense, it gives a strong personality!

Pay attention to its use in the bedrooms because its exciting component may not let you sleep well, as it speeds up the heartbeat!

To be avoided, except in small doses, if there is a hypertensive person in the house!

It is a color that goes with many colors, creating settings very different and suggestive!

rosso - red

BLUE:

it is the color that represents Trust, Loyalty, Competence, Intellect, Peace, and Elegance.
At the same time, it can generate sadness and coldness.

In interiors: you can use it in any environment, it is suitable everywhere, but you have to warm it up with some element of another shade!

A timeless and very elegant combination is with gray!

Pay attention in rooms exposed to the north because if not well balanced and heated, the blue will become bleak and even colder.

blu - blue

YELLOW:

it is the color of Happiness, Carefree, Energy, Creativity, and Good Humor.
However, it has a downside because it can be an indicator of superficiality.

In interiors: be careful not to abuse it, because too many risks becoming really noisy, then balance it with other colors.

For example, with blue or with purple, if you like it, because they are actually good allies and, being his complementary, also give a lot of dynamism to the house.

Excellent for its use in the kitchen and the dining room.

But be careful, although it is the color that matches nature and the earth for its radiance, I suggest you avoid its use on outdoor textiles because it attracts insects!

Giallo - yellow

GREEN:

it is easy to guess that it’s the color of Nature, but it also represents Freshness, Growth, Quality, and Tranquility.
Attention, however, that it could also turn into immobility.

In interiors: it helps concentration and rest, and promotes calm, so, if you like it as a color, it’s definitely great in the studio, in the bedroom, and in the living room!

To avoid making the rooms too fixed, enliven it with touches of other colors.

There are two places where it is better not to use it that are the kitchen and dining room, if not with small touches.

This is because you have to know that it does not favor digestion because green reflects on the faces giving the impression of unhealthy skin!

verde - green

ORANGE:

it is the color of Sociality, self-confidence, Boldness, Success, and Friendship.
On the other hand, it is a color that can generate distraction and chaos.

In interiors: f you love this color, you have to know that it promotes interpersonal relationships, so it’s good in common areas.

On the other hand, orange is not very proper for symbolizing luxury.

If you have children and want to use it in their room, just avoid applying it in front of their desk because they will have a problem concentrating on their studies!

Curiosity about this color: the dove-grey color, which was used very much a few years ago, is orange less saturated!

arancione - orange

– PINK:

It is the color of Sweetness, Empathy, Sincerity, Sophisticated, and Playful.
At the same time, it can be a sign of fragility and transience.

By now, it’s a typically female color, but you must know that it was originally a masculine color because deriving from red, it also represented strength!

In interiors: it is a color that can be used in all environments giving a touch of glamour to the home!

rosa - pink

VIOLET:

It represents Ambition, Luxury, Regality, Spirituality, and Balance.
On the other hand, especially in its darker shades, it could transmit anxiety.

In interiors: being a meditative color, you can use it anywhere; however, the ideal is to play it down with neutral colors.

In convivial areas, try to use it in little doses; it is an introspective color, so it does not promote sociability!!

viola - violet

BLACK:

it is a color in all respects.
It forever is the color that symbolizes Class, Elegance, Reliability, Formality, and Security.
On the other hand, it represents darkness and death.

It is the color of elegance par excellence.

In interiors: in order not to make it gloomy, it should be illuminated with sparkling ornaments such as gold, copper, or silver, played down with touches of light colors, and then it has to be softened with textiles such as silk, lace, and velvet.

The total black is not recommended, it can reach 80/90% of black, no more because the environment becomes very strong, but not in a positive sense, but in a negative one.

Black - Nero

–  BROWN:

this color represents Austerity, Longevity, Strength, and Vigor.
But it can also be an indicator of harshness!

It is a warm color, suitable in all environments. It is less “dramatic” than black, but also for brown, softening it with light colors is a good thing.

Marrone - Brown

– NEUTRAL (Grays or Beige):

They are usually used as a background because they Calm and give much Tranquility!
Here too, there is the downside because they can generate melancholy and sadness.

In interiors: they are colors that usually everyone likes because they are a mix of various colors.

For this reason, they also adapt to all styles and multiple combinations.

A shrewdness, however, there are two types of beige: the taupe, which tends to pink, and the sand, which tends to yellow, it would be better to avoid mixing these two nuances that do not match well!

Neutri - Neutral

WHITE:

as black, it is a color!

It is the color that indicates Purity, Freshness, and Candor.
At the same time, it creates detachment and the absence of references.

In interiors: he is often treated as a “non-color”, but although he is a neutral and helps to often downplay some other colors, he himself is a hue in his own right and should be managed!

If you like and want a total white house, remember to work well with surfaces, avoiding shiny ones, and putting textiles to prevent a cold and repelling environment!

If it is great in places where the climate is warm or in environments where it is crucial to emphasize hygiene is better to avoid it in places of socialization because it tends to make us close in on ourselves!

Bianco - White

How about you? Which of these colors represents you, and which color meaning do you find yourself in the most?
Tell me about yourself by commenting below!

If you need a color consultation, don’t hesitate to contact me!

(photo from Pinterest)