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Colors and textures, like those found in flooring, influence homeowner choices

June 17, 2013

A recent survey found that many Americans will look for ways to add color and texture to their residences this year. One way they can do that is to introduce richly stained woods, including the Haversham collection of Anderson Floors, which has a wide palette that goes with both contemporary and traditional decor.

Hardwood FloorsA recent survey found that many Americans will look for ways to add color and texture to their residences this year. One way they can do that is to introduce richly stained woods, including the Haversham collection of Anderson Floors, which has a wide palette that goes with both contemporary and traditional decor.

Just as important as what they'd like to do new in their home decorating, the poll by California Closets revealed the choices homeowners have already made. Of those surveyed, 90 percent said they currently rely on color to spruce up their homes and 65 percent consider texture an important ingredient in the home decor.

Bright or neutral?
Homeowners who were surveyed indicated they were most likely to choose hues in home design based on what the colors mean to them. Bright colors, for instance, represent happiness to 61 percent of the survey respondents. For 51 percent, neutrals suggest a feeling of luxury and muted hues have a calming influence.

Half of the people polled brought texture into the design mix by finding unique wood grains in tables, finishes and accessories. Soft furnishings such as pillows, rugs and window coverings are a good source for both color and texture.

Utility is important
Usefulness is also at the top of the list of features that homeowners look for when they are buying furniture and accessories for their dwellings.

Designer Jean Gallagher, who owns Galla Studio in Pennsylvania, counsels homeowners that choosing colors is just one part of designing a room that looks and functions the way they want. Arranging furniture, reducing clutter and selecting finishes are other important components.

"When decorating, don't be intimidated by the word design," she said. "Design simply means determining the most pleasing use of your belongings and suggesting additions to create a space that reflects your personality and serves your needs."

For instance, when homeowners are looking for ways to improve their room design, they might consider how a color selection works with the wood floors installed in their residences. Other wood features, such as cabinetry in kitchens or valances over window treatments, can be a guide to the right finish for their flooring.

Gallagher said homeowners should also consider how colors influence the atmosphere of a room. Their choice of hues, for instance, can make a room look larger or smaller, create coziness or an open feel and focus attention on the best parts of a room and away from trouble spots.