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Universal Design Ideas | Color Basics

Posted by Penn Hull on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 @ 06:09 AM

Universal Design Ideas - Color Basics

How To Choose Colors for a Universal Design Home

As part of the 50+ Housing Council in Raleigh, one of the things new home builders look forward to is sharing great Universal Design ideas.

Good use of color and contrast can make your home more livable and enjoyable.  Here's what to keep in mind.

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place | Custom Home BuildersUniversal Design Ideas - Choosing Colors

Color can set a mood, define the details of a room, and even affect mental health and appetites. 

One of the easiest ways to brighten a home is to add color to the walls or even the floors, countertops, and cabinets.

- for a peaceful bath, use color sparingly.

- Cool colors such as blue can add calm and serenity

- "Nature" colors like green or beige can work well with just about any color scheme

- Warm colors can energy you and help you wake up (yellow and orange) 

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place | Custom Home BuildersUniversal Design Ideas - Looking for Contrast

Contrast can help everyone "see" better.

- select wall colors that contrast with fixtures, countertops, and grab bars to make seeing those items easier

- items on the countertop can be easier to see when walls and countertops are distinctive colors

- chair rail trimwork in bright white can contrast with darker walls, drawing more attention to the outlines of a room.

- consider using colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel for additional contrast

Universal Design Ideas - Using Color in the Kitchen

Universal Design Homes | Aging in Place | Custom Home BuildersUse of color in the kitchen can be especially helpful in a universal design home.  Consider doing some of the following:

- countertops, flooring, cabinets, and walls all in contrasting colors, to help users better see transitions.

- consider a contrasting color strip at the edge of the kitchen counter, such as a wood edge, to better define the countertop surface.

The smart use of color and contrast can not only make your new universal design home beautiful, it can also make it more livable and easy to use over a lifetime. 

Talk to an interior designer with universal design experience about more ideas for your new universal design home! 

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