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Use Paint To Express Your Style

Using paint and different materials to create a look that is unique to you is a way to elevate the style of your home.

“The walls are an important part of the foundation of a room, and they are usually what catches your eye first,” Principal Interior Designer Julie Holzman explains. “This is why it’s important to choose the right wall color. It is a key element for design as color is connected to moods and emotions, so it is important to bring designs together.”

Ms. Holzman has more than 20 years of experience in the interior design world. Her design aesthetic has evolved to a more modern, minimalist approach to design.

Color can set the mood

Color psychology deals with the changes in your perception or mood when you view certain colors. The effects of color are subtle but noteworthy, causing reactions that are both physiological and emotional.

For example, one the main theories of color psychology is visual temperature, which groups colors into warm and cool. Warm includes red, orange, yellow, and cool includes green, blue, and purple. Warm colors tend to be more playful, increasing the energy in a room and encouraging conversation, while cool colors are peaceful, promoting relaxation and deep thought. For a living space that conveys both moods, try to strike a healthy balance between warm and cool colors.


Consult with an interior designer to discuss color choices and how to use color as part of your overall design plan.

In a previous blog, we talked about the new colors chosen by different companies as the Colors of the Year for 2018, such as Pantone’s Ultra Violet. It can be intimidating to decide how to use bold colors in your home, but an interior designer can help you decide how to use color to express your style and personality.

Ms. Holzman explains some people paint before creating an interior design, whereas others choose paint colors after planning the entire interior design to suit the furniture and create a more overall look.


This Fifth Avenue apartment illustrates the use of color as part of the overall design. Designed by Holzman Interiors, a modern interior designer firm based in New York City.

Designs or texture on the walls can also impact the space. With neutral or single-color furniture, the walls can add to and improve the appearance of the entire room.

Natural elements add texture

Using wood or stone, or other natural-looking materials, creates the feeling of being outside, and brings nature in to a space, Ms. Holzman said. She has used wood or stone around fireplaces or to create a focal point in a room design.

Wood and stone also have natural properties to withstand heat and wind, so they are obvious choices for fireplace design.


A fireplace is an ideal place to bring in different natural materials, such as wood or stone, into your design. This contemporary home in Simsbury, Connecticut, was designed by Holzman Interiors, an interior design firm based in New York City.

Concrete and glass can also be used with contemporary design. They are easy to produce and recyclable.

“They are not only affordable materials, but they also add an element to the design, creating a clean, futuristic, polished look to a room,” Ms. Holzman says.

Consult with an interior designer to bring these design elements together in a way showcases your style and personality throughout your home.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation or visit our showroom at TileAmerica, 63 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, Connecticut, to discuss design ideas. To see more finished project and ideas visit our services page.

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