Color is arguably the most powerful weapon in your design arsenal. Color has the power to create energy, calm the mind, or brighten your mood. However, finding the right combination of colors for each space in your home can feel overwhelming and the wrong color combination can feel jarring, chaotic, or haphazard. Creating a color palette for each room and living space within your apartment or townhome can create a beautiful flow while showing off your unique style.
Where to Start
Finding inspiration for a color scheme can come from almost anywhere. One great place to start is to find a pattern you love from clothing, furniture, or stationary that has a color scheme you enjoy. Art is another great place to find inspiration. If you have a favorite painting, selecting colors from within the piece can be a nice starting point for your color palette.
Look to your favorite places for inspiration, too. If you’re a vineyard lover, try taking a photo at your favorite winery and select the tones from the grapevines and rustic décor. Prefer the mountains? Scope out photos of your favorite landscape and color-match to the scene. An app like Adobe Capture can help you find the exact colors from any photo right on your mobile device.
Don’t underestimate the power and beauty in a neutral color scheme. Keeping neutral colors gives you long-term flexibility in changing your design. By adding a few pops of color or layered neutrals to a room (think grays, golds, silvers, and creams) you can create a stunning look that can be matched to nearly any color trend quickly and easily by swapping out accessories.
Use the Color Wheel
Get back to your basic art class theories and use the color wheel when designing a palette. Start with one color you must have in each room, then use the color wheel to find coordinating accent colors. Adobe Color (http://color.adobe.com) is a free tool that allows you to choose analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound, shade, and custom palettes all based around a color of your choice. Tweak the colors to your liking, and use your fresh palette to design your rooms.
Make a Statement
If you have a statement piece you absolutely love in your home, create a palette around it. Pull the most prominent color or colors from the piece and use a color tool or the color wheel to find complementary accent colors to use throughout the rest of the room. Be sure to have at least one neutral color in your palette when using bright and bold palettes to create white space within your home design.
Set the Mood
The power of color to evoke emotions has been studied for ages. Psychologists recognize the impact certain colors have on our mood. Using the theories behind color psychology can help you create the exact feeling you’re seeking from your home. Grays give a sense of timelessness and balance while whites represent cleanliness and simplicity. Combining these in your bathroom can create a sense of peace and balance. Add a little turquoise or blue for serenity and you’ve created your own private and tranquil oasis to relax at the end of the day.
In contrast, when designing a play room, bright colors can help spark creativity and imagination. Orange represents innovation, energy, and creativity while yellow can spark feelings of happiness. Bright colors work well in spaces like this, yet may be poor choices for living areas.
Don’t forget to showcase your own personal taste in your home. Find palettes that work with your taste. Your home should be uniquely yours and something you enjoy.