Color is a quick and powerful way to add energy to your Home Space and is best done with a plan in mind – here are a few tips that will get your plan off to a great start.
Tips for Choosing Color:
- Starting out fresh? – begin with 3 of your favorite colors first and see what items you can find that use these shades. Three is a good start and won’t overwhelm your space with conflicting energy. Remember color is actually a vibration so keep it simple.
- If you already have your home established and need to update with some new fresh colors, then you will want to first gather samples of the colors you currently have and are keeping. This way you can easily incorporate a new shade that is harmonious with the rest of your décor. Paint chips, fabric samples and washcloths are a great way to create samples of the colors you already are using and are easy to carry with you when you shop.
- Colors change according to the lighting used. Fluorescent lighting will add a blue hue to your colors and incandescent will add a yellow hue. So it’s important to view all your possibilities from your own home and in the very room you will be adding the item to if possible.
- Paint Color: You might be out one day and see the perfect color you were looking to paint your walls in but it’s in a child’s toy or on some old book cover. Buy it if you can and hang on to it. Most hardware stores can now match paint color to any sample you can give them. If it catches your eye then find a way to make a record of it.
- Once you have decided on the color palate you want to use for your home, gather your samples and head to the paint department. Choose paint swatches that match your fabric, carpet, accessory colors and take them home.
- Get some cardboard (I use the back of used legal pads) cover the board with white paper and then begin arranging your color swatches on the board. Group the colors you will use together and organize them by room if you are doing more than one.
- Once you like your color arrangement and you can see that the colors work together – glue them down and write what items will be in those shades (carpet, wall paint, sofa fabric, pillow, candles etc)
- Remember when choosing your color pallet to consider the “view” your room presents. Ask yourself what other rooms are visible from this space? Example: Recently I did a “three-in-one” room section of my home which included the entertainment area, eating nook and kitchen. Since the décor for all three were visible to each other I displayed all 3 spaces on my Mini Color Board together and labeled them. This helped me to keep the color scheme the same (or at least compatible) in all three rooms. The entertainment area was mostly green, eating nook was blue and the kitchen was blue and red. I made sure my accessories for all three created a blend. Blue throw and pillows in the green space, red in the blue nook and green plants in the kitchen created a harmonious flow of the “great room” space.
Now that you have your color theme chosen it will be much easier to shop because you have a plan already in mind and simply want to find what fits your plan. The Mini Color Board will be easy to carry with you as well and if the colors look great in your home when you match them in the store they will work in your home as well.
I hope you found these tips helpful!
‘till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach