Selecting Colour Combinations for Your HomePosted: September 7, 2011
If you know me, you know that I move often. If you know me well, you know that I typically use a lot of colour in my home, or else I get bored. I’ve historically painted bedrooms no fewer than two colours (often even three) and am influenced by everything from ice cream colours, to a friend’s artwork, colourful clothes and album covers.
If you find it difficult to settle on wall colours or shades for your own room/project, try using your favourite multi-coloured heels or a colour-blocked scarf as your jumping off point. By drawing colours from everyday items you own, you’ll already have an idea of how well the colours work together. Taking the actual item to the paint store with you will make choosing the right shade of brown, blue, mint, etc. that much easier.
Take for example, this sweater from the Celine Fall Ready-To-Wear 2011 collection (below). The late 1970s-inspired tones captured my attention immediately. I’d love to paint my bedroom tan and chocolate with a muted orange accent wall on which to ground my bed frame (shag rug not mandatory). It’s a dead easy way of creating interest in a room without resorting to bright tones. If you’re contemplating using these colours yourself, try adding white accessories to the mix for a fresh and modern take and avoid over-using this scheme throughout your house unless the set of That 70s Show is the look you’re going for.
(Photo via Zeaworksinprogress.blogspot.com)
The following two photos, taken in Istanbul by the very talented Claudio Bianchi, are excellent colour sources as well. Drawing from the first image, consider painting your living room cement gray with a single bubble gum pink wall. The stand-out pink would create the perfect setting for hanging your art collection, your vacation photos or even your flat-screen TV. Don’t have an art collection? Hit me up and I’ll send some affordable art sources your way.