As the school year is coming to a close, the spring flowers are in bloom. I would gather it’s time to freshen things up in your interiors or your new home.
The easiest ways to do this is with color. Selecting a pallet that is right for your home can breath a whole new life into your environment. A few weeks ago at a learning seminar I had a conversation with one of my colleagues. “It seems that all the color trends that they had on display or showed today are mostly white” she said. As we started talking more about this dull pattern, and it got me to thinking that this is what I should talk about in my next post, how to live with color!
I’m working on a couple of projects at the moment where they want out of their “beige box”. They choose all the neutrals because they don’t know how to add a vibrant hue to the space with confidence. Let’s face it they call me because they WANT color! Not brown, beige or white.
However, white is making a comeback and can be very cool mixed with the right color combinations more on this later.
Here are my “go–too” tips when I’m making color selections for my clients. I hope this helps give you a bit of behind the mind of a designer when we are called in for a color consult.
1. Go back to basics- Review the color wheel and select one color that you love and work within all the various shades of that color. A monochromatic scheme is one of the easiest ways to achieve and get a fresh look in your home. I chose this color wheel chart because it best show the relationship with color. To be clear a monochromatic is on color in various shades or try the analogous relationship.
How to pick a color? Ask yourself this questions: Is there a standard color trend that runs in your house? If so, choose that one main color to be the dominant feature. Try selecting a primary wall to paint then pulling it throughout the home with pillows, art and other accents. Look at your current fabrics in your home choose your colors from there. It’s far easier to match paint to fabric than the other way around. Don’t like your current sofa, bedding or window treatments? Then you need to pick those first before you pick your wall color.
2. Go against the grain-Everyone likes an excellent complement so why not a color? By adding the color’s complement, you add contrast. Once you have selected the main color look at its direct opposite on the color wheel to add a secondary color in drapery selection and accents. It will be sure to give the room the “edge” that it needs to always look sharp.
3. It doesn’t matter if your black or white-Because I love them both! Adding a dose of black and white to any space will automatically freshen things up! I have come to realize this in the recent past when working in my home. Using this trick will be a tried and true stable that has staying power. There is something about this color combination that makes things look “modern and up to date “.
4. The artist canvas– Let the white be a backdrop to a few doses of bold color or by adding an extensive display of art on the wall. When designing with white you can add in as little or as much pop’s of color as you wish. The white against the bright shades give it a more contemporary feel in any space. Have open bookshelves? Add a vibrant hue with paint or wallpaper then layer in white sculptures or figurines for a graphic display.
5. Blue and Green are the new neutral– Instead of the sandy taupe or beige tones for the wall and windows why not look to the color’s found in nature? When you stick to this principle, you will never be sorry that you stepped outside your color comfort zone with a healthy shade of blue or green in the forefront. Both colors work well when adding in other primaries such as red or yellow as an accent. Or if you love the cooler shades try turquoise, robin’s egg and a dash of chartreuse in conjunction with blue or green. Layer in browns, tans or whites with these and you got a great livable color pallet.
So the next time you’re thinking of how to live in color remember pick a color you LOVE and work your way out from there. It only takes ONE to get yourself started. Look at your closet for inspiration. Often I find that clients are more willing to take risks with what they wear rather than what they live with. But in all honesty, it’s just paint and a weekend project. If you don’t like it, you can always paint over it.
I will tell you to buy several samples and make large swatches on the wall. Live with them for a while and check them in at all times of the day. Then pick the one that speaks to you the most. I will say if you’re going from white walls to color it will be a shocker! However, when it’s all over with you will love living in color.
Still need more help?
Contact me for color consult its well worth the money and hardback to have me come in and make these selections for you.
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