Picking Colors in Our Home

Today let’s talk about something we all struggle with in design:  picking colors in our home.  There are some basic rules to follow to help you get started.

First, choose a color that you love.  That doesn’t mean paint every room the same, but start with one…sometimes the color palette is inspired by a rug, a pillow or a piece of favorite art…perfect. Even if you simply love the color blue, it is a good beginning.  Now what’s next?

You can decide the direction you wish to pursue using a few basic rules.

Complimentary colors:  These are any two hues that are opposite of each other on a color wheel.  Such as Purple and Yellow, Red and Green or Blue and Orange.  Now simply using the primary colors can look a bit shocking like you have just done your room in Christmas colors or Denver Broncos…which is great at the appropriate times or in a man cave, but I suggest reaching into the more subtle and sophisticated hues of the color palette like sage or olive green or mustard yellow.  Designers such as Martha Stewart and Calvin Klein have been successfully delving into these types of sophisticated color options for years…follow their lead.

Analogous Colors:  Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.  Orange and Yellow, for instance, contrast each other when used side by side.

Another consideration is to contrast Warm and Cool Hues:  Warm colors are yellows to red/violets and the cooler colors are blue and greens. 

When you do choose your colors, the 60-30-10 rule helps you balance the space:

Three colors in a room can be just the right amount…more can feel too busy if you do not have a good handle on color.  Once you choose the three shades, use the rule of 60-30-10 for a cohesive look.  60% dominant color, 30% secondary color and 10% accent color.

So, find your inspiration pieces, tear out those sample pics and find  some color that reflects your personality and style.  Good Luck and have fun.



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