Posts By: Barbara Jacobs

Little changes can mean a lot…of questions!

OK, let’s say we agree, that we recognize that color is important. So, how do we take it to the next level? There’s the Right Color…and then there’s the “Everything Right About the Color.”  Color experience is so omnipresent that I was inspired to share this example. The Swedish design firm Happy F&B has really got it Right, in a subtle  yet effective way. The changes in the green color, the font style, the shape…these are the seemingly little changes that make the difference. These same principles can also apply to using color in architecture and interiors.  It’s a broader… Read more »

Curb Appeal: Updating a 50’s custom home

Residential Exterior The owner of this 1950’s custom home wanted to create a great view of his house from the street. True, the house is in a commanding position at the upper crest of a hill on a corner lot where two streets meet. It’s almost like a punctuation point, since the house is visible as soon as you round the corner. Originally white with mauve trim, the house is surrounded with homes for the most part “colonial” with taupe, brown, or beige siding. The owner’s goal The owner wanted to make his home a showplace without it standing out… Read more »

Start to Make Some Colorful Changes in 2010

Take a chance and make a big change! Using Color—and Paint—is widely known as the most cost-effective way to do it. Whether you’re doing your own painting or hiring a professional painter, you’ll want to be using the paint that gives you the most color-per-can. Consider Simply put, color is reflected light. If there’s a black or gray tint in the paint-can-mixture, that means “color lost.”  Black, as ‘reflected light’ is a virtual dead space where color is concerned. How to get the most ‘color-rich environment’ possible? Use paint that is mixed with the full spectrum array of tints. Even… Read more »

Color – Communication in Architectural Space

In this recent followup to Frank Mahnke’s first book, he collaborates with colleagues Gerhard Meerwein and Bettina Rodeck , presenting this comprehensive approach to using color in architecture. The focus is on the physiological, psychological and neurophysological aspects of using color in the built environment.

Nuance and intention in color design, from movies to our homes

Sometimes a movie’s color theme is so pervasive I just can’t ignore it. Ever since I saw the 1998 version of Great Expectations, I’ve had my color-antennae on alert, and even though I’m a film fan anyway, it’s more enjoyable and interesting when I think about the color associations and what the director’s intentions might be. What brings this topic to mind at this time is that an associate in the IACCNA recently sent a note about a book she’d discovered,   If it’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die. It reminds me of my experience with the green theme in that movie…. Read more »

Are You Blue, or do you have a Sunshine smile?

The Color Psychology Buzz is more than a pop culture mood What’s “fun” about “functional color?”  Even though that sounds a bit dry, it’s gratifying to help create beautiful and healthy built environments of all types, inside and out. Another way color use can be functional  is  helping business people use color effectively in their marketing and products.  Part of this includes looking at current and future trends and events as they might apply to us in our homes, workplaces, and personally. So, it seemed fitting to launch my Integral Color Blog with a few notes about a Not-New idea… Read more »

October 2009 Green Festival in D.C.

For more information please contact: Barbara Jacobs t: 508-359-5753 and High resolution images are available upon request. Download the pdf of press release here. _________________________________________________________________ September 29, 2009 Medfield, Mass. For Immediate Release October 2009 Green Expo in DC to feature Silk Road Weaves with GoodWeave “Faces of Freedom” The original design rug, FLORA/Herbal Toss, by Barbara Jacobs, Boston-based designer and owner of Silk Road Weaves Tibetan rugs, will accompany the GoodWeave-sponsored photography exhibition “Faces of Freedom,” on display in the Fair Trade Pavilion of the upcoming Green Expo. The event will be held at the DC… Read more »