Color. We see it every day at every turn we take. We know what we like and what we don’t like, yet choosing colors for our home seems nearly impossible at times. Understandably so, considering there are a number of factors to keep in mind when making a decision. Let’s take a look at what some of those factors are and try to simplify the process of choosing your colors.
Your favorite color might not be the right color for your space
Keep in mind that the colors you love aren’t necessarily ideal for your decorating project. Ultimately, your goal is to create a certain mood. If your favorite colors don’t convey that mood you should save them for another space or use them in small doses.
Find inspiration in everything around you
For inspiration, look around you. Does the landscape outside your window inspire you? How about the colors on the clothes in your closet? Do you have a favorite vacation spot you really enjoy the beauty of? Is there something you already own, such as a rug, that can serve as a jumping off point? If you have a binder of magazine clippings or a Pinterest board of decorating ideas, is there a common color scheme? Observe your surroundings and take note of what speaks to you most.
Use trends wisely
Once you have chosen some colors, it’s time to start thinking about where to use them. In this stage of the process, you need to take your comfort level, as well as your budget, into consideration. Beware of trends. If you really like the color and have no qualms about it going out of style, go for it. Or if you don’t care for a trendy color, it’s okay to go with something classic because it won’t go out of style (and there are plenty of classic color options). A safe move is keeping those trendy colors reserved for small items like accent pillows, throws, and other accessories that are less costly to replace when a new trendy color comes along.
Be creative but smart with your color selection
Don’t limit yourself to a single color palette for the whole house. There’s no harm in changing colors from room to room as long as you maintain a consistent feeling throughout the home.
When it comes to paint, save it for last. It is much easier to mix up some paint to match your fabrics and rugs than it is to decorate around a paint color.
If all else fails, ask for help. Picking colors can be an exciting and invigorating experience. There are so many “right” ways to pick colors. As long as you start with a plan and find a fabric store near you, like Cutting Corners (shameless plug!), you’ll find what you’re looking for.