Sunday, October 7, 2012


...color scheming that is.

There are many elements of design. (Line, shape, texture, color, and form.)

In my opinion, the most crucial and obvious element that will pull a space together, is the color.

When I work on a space, I like to use mostly neutral colors for the largest pieces, and pull the color-scheme in through accent pieces. Right now our living room consists of mostly neutrals:

I need a color-scheme in here now!

I have always leaned toward the warmer colors, but for whatever reason, I want some cooler colors in the space. Why do people shy away from the cooler colors?

When you don't have a good color-scheme throughout the space, it doesn't give off a cohesive feel. When you have a working color-scheme throughout, the space feels cozy and gives a warm feeling even if the colors themselves are not warm.

So here are our color scheme options of the cooler variety:

What do you think? We chose.....

The colors we chose from this image are the deepest shade of purple (Purple Rain #1386), the middle of the road blue/green (St. Lucia Teal #683), and the deepest golden orange (Amber #168) to represent the color of our rich leather chairs.

There are some elements of the color schemes in the space now... I had to twist P's arm to get him to come along to pick-out toss pillows and a new blanket for the space, but it's important to me that he enjoys the space too. (And it was good that he went, I found out that although he might be able to enjoy a space with purple in it, he will not have that be in combination with any floral prints!)

When I am out looking for accent pieces, pillows or anything to go in the space, I like to walk around with the paint swatches in my purse-- even if I won't actually use the the colors in paint in the space-- it helps me find items that will coordinate well and create a cohesive scheme in the room.

Happy designing and color-scheming! If you need help refining your own color-scheme within your space, email me to set up a consultation if you are in the area!


  1. Can't wait to see the pops of color. We have florals in the bedroom, but nowhere else.

  2. Shock! A guy who has some issues with florals!

  3. Shock! A guy who has some issues with florals!