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October 25, 2013
9 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Look Bigger
By FOX News Magazine

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Feel like the walls are closing in on you? No need to cry in a corner — it’s probably cluttered with furniture anyway.

Lack of space is one of the most common issues people face when it comes to their homes, and while investing in a bigger space seems like a simple solution, not everyone has the funds to make it possible. Interior designers, too, are all too familiar with this common woe among clients.

“Luxury is not just about the silkiest fabrics, the richest carpets, or the finest woods — it’s really all about space,” says Debbie Wiener of My Designing Solutions. “We all want bigger yards, homes and offices, but most of us won’t get it, which is why luxury is space.”

Fortunately, working with your existing space is not only possible, but preferable among interior designers, especially if you’re looking to give your home a much-needed makeover without emptying out your wallet. And there are several tricks of the trade anyone can master with ease.

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October 11, 2013
Feeling Moody? 10 Room Colors That Might Influence Your Emotions
By FOX News Magazine

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Painting your bedroom fiery red to welcome the cheery holiday season may sound like a festive idea, but it could possibly put a damper on your sleep.

Many experts believe that the shades you use for your home can also impact your well-being, as well as the well-beings of those within your space.

“Room color, particularly in your home, can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions,” explains psychiatrist Dr. Julia Shugar of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York. “When it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely. Of course, perceptions of color are somewhat subjective. Your feelings about color are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture.”

While everyone has their own personal takes on color, finding the right shade for your home means more than just picking up any bucket of paint that looks appealing. Experts say it’s just as important to truly analyze how a color makes you feel, rather than sticking to design trends.

“Emotional responses to color depend on their saturation and brightness, while cultures have association to particular hues,” explains Dr. Sally Augustin, a fellow at the American Psychological Association. “Colors that are less saturated and relatively bright, such as sage green, are relaxing to look at. Meanwhile, colors that are saturated and not very bright, like a rich sapphire blue, are energizing to look at.”

Think that red still looks good? Don’t pick up the roller quite yet. Several experts weigh in on which colors can possibly bring out the best (or worst) in you and your home:

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Ever wondered why this crimson hue is popular in restaurants? According to Debbie Wiener of My Designing Solutions, red easily stimulates one’s energy, promoting liveliness, which is exactly what you need when mingling with friends over dinner or even making a quick decision over which menu dish sparks your appetite. “Red is happy and stimulating,” says Wiener. “That’s why so many restaurants choose it. It’s tough to be a wallflower in a red room.” It’s been suggested that looking at the color red can increase one’s pulse, heart rate and blood pressure, which is why it may not be the best paint color for a bedroom. “Red generally raises energy and excitement, which makes it a good choice for a dining room or living room, where people tend to gather,” states psychologist Nicole Avena.

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