Choosing a Color Story for your Home
Choosing colors is one of the most important steps to styling your home into a haven. There are an infinite amount of choices, so how do you narrow it down? How do you know which colors are right for you?
First you need to get inspired!
Color invokes feeling. Sometimes you’ll come upon a piece of art, a vintage plate, or a favorite sweater that just makes you feel “at home”. This is perfect inspiration for your home color story! A great way to organize your inspiring pieces is a mood board. Designers of all types use these to really hone in on creating the ideal atmosphere.
It could be artwork, magazines, fabric swatches, found objects, or vintage pieces that inspire you.
Start taking pictures of things that capture your eye wherever you are and put them all on a cork board. Take a step back and look. I’m betting you will see a theme of colors cropping up that you’re attracted to! This is a great start at creating a color story for your home!
Another tip - Check out your closet!
We tend to shop for clothing in colors that make us feel great. Take a look in your closet and see what the overall color story is there. Write down the 5 most prominent colors. Black and white are bound to be in the top 5, and are a fun choice for a theme or to be the accents along with other colors. But for now, let’s cross them off the list as the main focal colors. The top 2-3 colors on your list are a good place to start when selecting a color story for your home. This will also give you an indication of how bold you might want to go with color. If you have two neutral colors and one that’s more bold, consider doing a neutral palette with smaller accents of the bright color. If all of your colors are bold, you may want to go for a global, patterned style! And if a color seems too bright, just use a less saturated version!
When all else fails, Use tools!
The color wheel can be your best friend when selecting a color story. By selecting colors next to each other on the color wheel (like blue and green), you create a natural flow from one color to the next, which is easy on the eyes and calming, and it’s a bit more interesting than using tonal colors, which is same color just in different shades. If you’re looking for more drama, use colors that are far apart on the color wheel.
There is also a great rule that makes decorating with color easy! The 60-30-10 rule. Use a primary color for 60% of the space (typically walls), a secondary color for 30% of the space (upholstery), and 10% for the “pop” or accessory color (pillows, flowers, rugs). This will create a wonderfully balanced room every time!
The most important thing to remember is to choose colors that are true to your personal style and taste. Don’t just go with what’s trendy! You want to look forward to spending your time in your home, so make it uniquely yours with colors you love and pieces you cherish!