Mar 7, 2014

Judi Laird has been doing interior design work for over 40 years. Her company, Judi Laird German Design, brings a little bit of Germany to your home through beautiful hand sewn lace curtains and drapery fabrics. Laird uses color psychology, the mood color creates and how it affects people, to help others better decorate their homes. She will be speaking at the Buffalo Home Show at noon on March 8th and 9th.

Judi was nice enough to preview her presentation 
by answering a few questions:

What inspired you to start studying color psychology?
Color makes me feel good. While some color brings me down, other colors stimulate my mind for new ideas. Some colors make me want to sit back and relax but others make me want to go,go go. I’ve always been fascinated by this.  I attended National meetings with the Color Marketing Group who predicted the popular colors for the year but I had no interest in trendy colors.  I wanted to study the psychology of colors and dissect the effects of colors and how and why I experience different feelings with different colors.

While visiting Germany, I learned about the Color Psychology classes offered at the University of Salzburg. Those classes covered all things color. The shades of the colors, the temperature of colors, reflection, color combinations and the effects colors have on people subconsciously. It has always been an intriguing subject to me.

What should home owners consider when choosing a paint color for a specific room?
The purpose of the room is very important. But the lighting and temperature can also help direct you to a specific paint color. And lastly, when will be room most be used and who will be using it?

 What colors tend to be best for the Buffalo, NY region?
The Buffalo region has so many gray days that typically people need to use MORE COLOR around here. Home owners should use far less gray, cream and tan.  These are cold, non-feeling colors and we need to use warmer more energetic, stimulating and happy colors.  The colors of spring and summer should be enjoyed all year long, especially in Buffalo. Everyone smiles when the stores start bringing out the spring clothes. The reason is that colors make us happy. It’s make perfect sense to start incorporating those colors in our home life too.

What is a common paint color mistake made by homeowners?
No color at all. But we need color. There is no reason to be afraid of it. Nobody ever criticized Mother Nature for her use of vibrant yellows, pinks and greens. So don’t be afraid to take the plunge and add splashes of color into your living spaces at home.

Judi Laird will be speaking at the Buffalo Home Show on March 8 or 9 at 12 noon and the presentations are expected to be…colorful! Feel free to bring along your paint color questions too. A brief Q&A will follow each speaking engagement. You can learn more about Judi Laird by clicking here.


TWO WEEKENDS ONLY MARCH 7-9 & 14-16, 2014