It can be so intimidating to commit to a paint color for your entire space. So much can go wrong! With endless possibilities and so many options for your home, finding the right color for you can be difficult. Color picking can get complicated quickly, so it truly helps to know and understand basic color principles. They are the foundation of a professional designer’s arsenal. This guide is the designer’s secrets to getting the job done all while having fun!
The Color Wheel is a visual representation of the colors and all their hues. It can also be a helpful tool when trying to create a color theme for you home. I know you may be asking yourself, does this look familiar? Didn’t we learn this in elementary school art class? Well, yes. Consider this a bit of a refresher.
How does it work?
- Primary colors – red, blue and yellow, though a combination all other colors are derived.
- Secondary colors – orange, green or violet/purple, which are created by mixing 2 primary colors
- Tertiary colors – Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green. Mixing one primary color and a secondary color creates these colors.
CHOOSING A COLOR SCHEME
- Monochromatic – a color scheme using one color in different hues. This creates contrast and depth by using the single color in various shades, hues, and intensity.
- Complimentary – colors that are directly across from one another on the color wheel. A perfect example of the how opposites due indeed attract. This combination creates a very vibrant look. If done incorrectly it can be jarring and tacky.
- Analogous – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. These are the colors that are most often found together in nature and are pleasing to the eye. When using this scheme, try to choose one color that is more dominant the other to as accents.
- Triad – this combination uses colors that are evenly spaced along the color wheel. This look is vibrant yet balanced. Make sure one color is a bit more dominant and the others should be used as an accent.
- White + One – Using white with a color creates contrast and brightens
- Neutrals – Grays, browns, black, and creams often create the most soothing of palettes
Light has a major impact on color. Natural daylight is much different from artificial light. The type of light bulbs you use affects the space.
What type of light do you have in your home?
- My favs are Compact fluorescent and LEDs they are both energy efficient and provide light that is brighter and whiter than traditional incandescent (which makes things the odd yellow color)
- If you are not sure what to buy, check out your local home improvement store. If you go the area that sells light bulbs, there is usually a display showing you how each bulb works and casts light.
HOW COLOR CREATES A VIBE
Color has a direct impact on our mood and energy. Each color has its own personality and influence. When selecting colors for your home, remember to look at the colors that you are drawn to the most. For example: You like warm fiery Reds and Oranges, but you cannot see painting a room bright RiRi red, so instead use it as an accent color in a more neutral space. Color doesn’t have to be in large quantities to make an impact.
CHOOSING A PAINT COLOR WITH CONFIDENCE
Stop by you favorite paint store and pull a few swatches. If you like a specific color, grab the swatch and the next color up and below. Remember the lighting in the paint store is not always the best. Narrow your choices to two or three colors, don’t take the entire rack of color cards.
Once you narrow your choices down, get a few of your favorites in sample size containers (or quarts if that’s all they have). The only way to be certain of a color is to have it in the intended space. Paint an enlarged swatch of your sample on a medium sized poster board. This allows you to move the swatch around the room to view the color entirely. Keep in mind the color will darken as the paint dries.
What you need to get started:
- Medium poster boards (22”x 18”)
- Small rollers and tray
- A small screwdriver to open the paint cans
WAIT AND OBSERVE
After your paint samples are completely dry. Hang them on the wall near furniture and artwork. How do the color swatch look during the day and the evening? Keep the sample up for about 7 days. Live with it for a minute. Observe how you emotionally connect to it and how it works with your home. After that, you should be able to select the color you like best.
Choosing paint colors doesn’t have to be complicated. Just try these simple rules when you start your next paint project.
I love interior design. It’s my passion. I honestly wouldn’t know what else I would be doing if I didn’t have design. Recently, I started offering e-design services. I was hesitant for a long time to offer these services to my clients. Having actually worked for one of the big e-design companies before I didn’t feel it offered the one-on-one designer/client personal collaboration it should. As a designer, I want to offer the highest quality experience to my clients.
I can admit when I was wrong. I started offering e-design services to my clients and I am so happy I did. One of my very first clients was my sister Tiffany. I mean who better to be the guinea pig than your younger sibling. The goal was simple. This experience should be fun, simple, and stress-free for my clients.
How E-Design Works
- Fill out the simple design questionnaire
- Share your 5 – 10 inspiration images
- Have a chat with me. After I receive the new client questionnaire and images, I schedule a call with the client to do the following:
- Make sure we are on the same page
- Try to really get a good understanding on what their dream room is and how we can make it happen
- Discuss the design concept
- In 7 business days, I deliver a Style Board. The style board conveys the overall look and feel of the space. The client gives feedback and I tweak it according to the feedback I receive.
- Full Design is delivered. Complete with a clickable shopping list, floor plan, installation instructions on how to do it yourself and more.
The process typically takes 3-4 weeks depending on the size and how quickly the revision process goes. Here is how went with Tiffany.
Tiffany is a teacher who moved all the way to Abu Dhabi to teach for 3 years. It’s literally on the other side of the planet (at least 18 hours on a plane). Luckily, they have all the same home stores there as they do here (and some new fun places I had never heard of) making shopping a breeze.
Me: What were your biggest concerns with working on an interior design project with your designer being 8,000 miles away?
Tiffany: I was worried about having access to the right supplies needed to get the job done on my own.
Me: What was the easiest thing?
Tiffany: Communication! Everything was done for me and clear, so all I had to do was follow instructions.
Me: What was the most difficult
Tiffany: Shopping was difficult because even though I had a list, I easily got deterred by sparkling things. I had to remember my designer was the expert and I needed to get the items we discussed first (and stick to my budget) before purchasing additional items.
Me: Did you feel like you were able to express your personal design taste to me clearly?
Tiffany: Even though I am your annoying little sister, I felt it was easy to talk to you about what I needed. What was even better was that you really took the time to make sure you understood what I wanted and what I was seeing for my apartment.
Me: How was the process of putting everything together?
Tiffany: Setting up the apartment was simple. I just reminded myself to follow the plan, had some friends and building staff assist.
Me: What do you think of the final outcome?
Tiffany: I absolutely, positively, without a doubt am in love with my space. I feel like I am in a cozy little dream world fit for a queen. Waking up to beauty and coming home to peace are my favorite parts of the day. Not to mention, I get so many compliments and people feel so comfortable in my home.
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I do not like winter. I just don’t. Nope. Give me a beach and hot summer sun year-round. Unfortunately for me I don’t actually live in those places so I have to make due. After the Christmas décor and lights are put away, all I am left with is cold wet weather that leaves my hair dry and frizzy. Winter for me is borderline hibernation, so it’s important that my “den” is perfect. If you haven’t already, you should have winterized your home. Make it cozy as possible.
via Hides of Excellence
When the temperature drops, staying warm and cozy is a top priority. This is the perfect time to pamper yourself with soft and comfortable throw. You can try cashmere, faux fur, or even velvet.
photo via elle decor, design by jean louis deniot
Gather Around the Fire
If you have a fireplace, try pulling your furniture pieces inward toward the center of the room. Creating a cozy gathering spot is perfect for winter entertaining. Plush fabrics and upholstery add warmth even without the roaring fire.
image via loloi
Plush Rugs for the Floors
Cold floors are great in summer and uncomfortable in winter. Area rugs not only keep your feet warm, but also add color and character to a room. Bare wooden floors or tile can be quite unforgiving as winter starts to set in.
Adds Some Organic Greenery
Whіlе some love tо add a bit оf nаturаl frеѕhnеѕѕ with flowers аnd organic green hues tо bаlаnсе the seasonal сhаngеѕ оutѕіdе, оthеrѕ love tо fоllоw nаturе’ѕ lеаd and gо аll whіtе. If уоu аrе among the former, thеn it’s bеѕt to аdd ѕоmе gеntlе grееnѕ, аlоng with a lоvеlу vase аrrаngеmеnt fеаturіng the frеѕh flоwеrѕ оf уоur choice. Adding fаbrіс ассеntѕ in rісh green shades helps to ассеntuаtе this look all the mоrе.
image via nyde by Ferm Living
Wаrm Cоlоrѕ fоr the Wаllѕ
Mаnу оf uѕ fееl thаt раіnt is thе bеѕt wау to рrераrе for thе season аhеаd. From bоth аn aesthetic point of view аnd аn economic оnе, thіѕ сhоісе is often ѕроt on. Mоѕt of uѕ саnnоt mаkе mаjоr сhаngеѕ to furnіѕhіngѕ аhеаd of every ѕеаѕоn, аnd hеnсе a ѕіmрlе paint jоb dоеѕ thе trісk. Your home lооkѕ instantly trеndу, and it will nоt burn a hоlе thrоugh уоur pocket. Fіrе-іnѕріrеd tоnеѕ аrе thе wау tо go this wіntеr with gоld making a grаnd соmеbасk.
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