I recently returned from a wonderful cruise to Bermuda. Aside from the company, my favorite part of the trip was the colors found in Bermuda. From the teal water to the soft pink beaches, this tiny island did not disappoint. Color speaks to me and I am always drawn to pleasing combinations. You probably also enjoy color, but when it comes to committing to colors for painting your home, you may fear making the wrong choice, right?
If you are afraid of color, take it slow and follow these steps to help ease your fears.
1. Pay attention. Look around at magazines, design sites online, in your garden, in stores and restaurants and notice color combinations around you. See what you like. What makes you happy? What makes you calm? What is inviting? Remember these combos when it comes to painting your home.
2. Saturation is king (or queen). The key to making good color selections comes down to one thing – saturation. If you get your colors’ saturation in sync you will create pleasing palettes. For example, a bright, hot pink sofa will not feel “at home” with warm sage green walls. One is cool and one is warm and they will compete.
3. Select paint color last. Look around the room you are interested in painting. Look at the large pieces in the room and take your color cues from those pieces. An area rug, comforter or patterned chair can all be your jumping off point. Work within that palette and you will have easy color combos. It’s much easier to start with an existing piece and build color from that than to select paint first and then try to find a chair/rug/bedding that matches. If your room is empty, select furnishings or accessories first and build from there.
4. Review, review & review. Once you have a wall color in mind, test it out. Paint large sections on a few walls and look at the color in the morning, afternoon & evening. You want to see it in all types of lighting. If you still love it – paint!
Many paint companies have put together color palettes that work well together. Visit your local paint stores and take advantage of the work they’ve already done for you! Bring the palettes home and look at them in your rooms and see what looks great in your home. And, when all else fails, call in an expert for a color consultation!
I also love these tips, from hgtv.com, for adding color to your rooms.
Are you afraid of color? Or, do you dive right in and easily make selections? What helps you or gets in your way when it comes to color? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.