"We can use coloring to enter into a more creative, freer state," says psychologist Antoni Martínez. We can also use it to connect with how we feel, since depending on our mood we choose different colors or intensity.
Prior to my grandmother having a stroke at the age of 90, I had never walked into an assisted living facility. The current style and design in elderly care facilities are a combination of nostalgic decor and traditional formality. It's also very specific to the industry.
The white paint color was supposed to make the place go from a preschool vibe to a cool hospitality environment for families. Instead, it felt like winter had settled in and covered everything under a blanket of cold snow. Let's just say it was the wrong kind of Snow White
Sorry, marsala. Color expert Gretchen Schauffler says of all her 3,000 clients she's never had a single one ask her to put that year's Color of the Year on their walls. "What they will say is, 'my house needs to be refreshed,' or 'I love my house, I just need to make sure it looks updated,'"
I work with clients that don't need designers as much as they need a color intervention. They are not really looking to redesign everything, they are looking to make a good design out of everything. And when you are asked to judge someone's home based on the good, the bad, and the ugly — it's personal.
Colors in a home are a combination of colors we love from childhood, memories, from way back when because you still love them, and colors you had no choice to buy because they came in certain colors and you had to make a choice which is a choice you wish you didn't have to make, which makes it (really) not a choice at all...
Painted walls are a lot like sunsets because of their size and relationship to light. Sunsets, specially over oceans, are magical. They turn light, water, and air into magnificent colors. But not just any colors...
When color is experienced as emotional chemistry it engages not only sight but other senses. It provokes emotion. Emotions make us feel things and apparently, they have soundtracks that speak to us personally...
See what a Devine Color Consultation did for a couple of empty nesters. Her husband said he felt like he was on Web Therapy, the show. Kind of true. She said her guest rooms went from teenage wastelands to retreats. Kind of right.
Artists blend colors using multiple colors, including white and black. This is how I make every Devine Color. But, once you take a finished color like mine, that has not been created by a numerical formula, but a numerical formula has been created for it, adding white will make it look lighter but it will disperse the original color mix in ways that are unintended, unwanted, and kills its organic or original quality...
Our Devine Metallics collection officially launched nationwide at Target this month, and with nothing else like it on the market, I've been getting emails left, right and center asking me for a video and some tips on how to use this lustrous, creamy paint. (And just between you and me, I'd take any excuse to play with these beautiful new colors!)
We all know paint is a great way to transition taste through time. As any parent will tell you, parenting is a process of letting go. I tell expecting parents to paint their baby’s room what they would want for their baby because at this point, the baby is an extension of them.
You will know the kind of pack you belong to by the way they greet new people when you bring them around. One will be curious and welcome them into the pack, even challenging the newcomer out of respect; while the other will simply reject the newcomer or pretend they don't exist — offering them a chair might mean losing their own.
Seven years later I found myself launching Devine Bath and using my expertise to create and curate an effortless process, along with the very best products, to combine color convenience with trend-proof design. I wanted to put this new process to the ultimate test — my own bathroom.
When selecting colors for your home, I trust your sight and your inner wisdom above all else. Nobody knows you better than you know yourself. And even in those times when others can reveal things about you that are surprising, you often find that deep down, you have known these things all along. Sometimes it just takes an outside perspective to help uncover those magic moments of discovery.
People always ask me, "How much paint do I need?" Or, "Are those Target cans really big enough to cover a decent sized room?" Well, seeing is believing, so this week I decided to do a little experiment — I put my 2.5L "mini-gallons" to the test!
When we love to dance, it is because we dance for ourselves — not for others. The fact that we need someone next to us or in front of us on a dance floor is so that we don’t feel like we look crazy. No amount of alcohol can make someone enjoy dancing if they don’t dance for themselves.
I'm not the biggest Valentine’s Day person. Why? Probably because as a kid, Valentine's Day was so much fun, and as an adult, it became kinda weird. When you are a kid, Valentine's Day is not really about true love, it's about love in general.
I recently came across this stunning photo of Celia Cruz and felt compelled to write about it. As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, I was very familiar with Celia’s music. But I didn’t just love her for her music; I completely admired her confidence and energy too.
Think of how a beautiful rick deep bark color looks when it's sprinkled by rain and you will see why Devine Buck is a perfect neutral paint color that is cool enough to keep up with modern metals and warm enough to feel real and inviting.
I always say you can't wear navy blue on your lips just because you love it. Not every color belongs on your walls either. It has to be the right shade that enhances what is natural in a room. It needs to make everything in a room look brighter and more beautiful. That is what makes a home look and feel confident.