Using Color – Where to Start

You’ve come to terms with the fact that, yes you like color, and yes you definitely want to bring some into your home. But now you wonder where to start because to say it mildly you are kind of clueless about it. Color does look great on the walls of the houses you see in magazines but you wonder if it will look the same in your own home. (No it will not, be prepared for it). And how on earth are you supposed to choose colors for your walls out of the endless possibilities offered by paint manufacturers?

Before you head out to the paint store know what you like and have a general idea of what you are looking for. It may sound obvious but many clients coming into a paint store don’t know what they want. They come in looking for ideas and counseling. Here are a couple of tips to help you find inspiration.

1. Collect images in magazines. The pictures don’t have to be interior related. They could be fashion, art, botanicals or whatever other subject. The colors and color harmony should speak to you.

2. Alternatively use Pinterest and create a virtual pin-board. Start pining images you like. After a while you’ll start to see a trend emerging. Watch closely: this is your style.

3. Look at your closet’s content. Chances are that the colors of your wardrobe elements are colors you feel comfortable around, so why not use them in your home?

4. If you are totally at loss about what you like, start with what you dislike. Talking the reverse approach of eliminating first can get you to the same result and is easier for some of us.

5. Once you have a sense of the direction you wish to take, look at all your fixed elements such as flooring. It is usually an accepted fact that every color can go with different wood tones. This, however is not true for tiles, stone floors, or bathroom and kitchen counter-tops in fancy finishes. So check out the colors of those finishes as they will impact your choices. (See the post I wrote about my sister’s study and the green marble insert that impacted the color we chose).

6. Head to your paint store with an open mind and once you have found the perfect shade, make sure to get a sample to test it in your home. (I’ll write a post dedicated to this). You might not find it right away, but once you do it will bring you much joy.

I hope that those few tips will help you. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer during the 31 Days series, please do not hesitate to comment below. I am away tomorrow, but I’ll try to get a post up. Have to keep up with the challenge….

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  • Pretty useful! Choosing a color for a room could be overwhelming. But if we use some of the tools you listed we won’t fell like we are picking the color as blind 🙂ReplyCancel

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