Keeping your color scheme simple

Loving color and being willing to use it in your home is absolutely fabulous. Beware, however, to use it with parsimony. By parsimony I don’t mean that you shouldn’t paint your entire wall in ink blue. My point is rather to tell you that you shouldn’t use too many different colors in a given space. You want to create a look that feels collected and somewhat consistent, don’t you.

I’d suggest you start with two colors, see how it goes, and add a third in lesser proportions if needed. Any combination of four or more colors is really difficult to pull off consistently in a way that shows the design and the color scheme as being intensional and not just random.

In our sons bedroom, I started off with this orange painted Ikea buffet that we’ve been hauling around Europe for quite some time. It’s definitely not the worthiest but it has personality and a size that makes it convenient to fit. The dark grey armchair was another piece we brought along to Brussels and belonged in his room (we spent long night hours on it while he was a baby). I purchased a dark grey wool carpet that grounded the room and worked perfectly with the armchair, and added another color with green curtains. The green is also repeated with the green cushion and bed linens you don’t get to see today. (there are rather classic stripped white/green or white/grey. Actually you can see them on the Houzz home tour)

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On the wall I hang a large antique Berlin map I bought last summer and had framed with a simple wood frame. He was born in Berlin so it has a special meaning. I realized latter that the map had also green and orange in it. Sometimes things just work out, or was it my unconscious working on the color scheme without me realizing it?

A few months ago I pinned this poster by J Fletcher Design on Pinterest and thought that it could have been my inspiration image for the room.

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Oups, it seems that I got slightly carried away and ended up doing a home tour of our son’s bedroom. The point of the article was actually to show you that you don’t need too many colors to create a colorful impact. You don’t want your space to look like a rainbow after all. Choose your colors carefully and repeat them over and over with carpets, linens, fabrics, accessories, lighting etc. It’s really not that difficult and by repeating them the design will show as being intentional and consistent.

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