Ok, here is the typical scenario, you are going to paint so you head to the paint store. Once there you loose your mind, there are hundreds of samples! You take a few deep breaths, after all, you think, you’ve painted before, and you have known other people who have painted, so in theory you can do this! Hmm … but where to start, you hit on an idea; “how about your favorite color – blue?” Ok, start with the blues – you love aqua, robin’s egg blue and Tiffany blue. Yes, you can do this. “Oh, wow there are so many light blues!” Ok, but you know what you like and … you remember your husband doesn’t really care for the light blue, he likes navy and super dark blue … hmm. Should you look at dark blues? “Oh, wait my sister’s neighbor said you shouldn’t paint dark colors it makes the room smaller, and well you don’t really like the dark blues anyway. Maybe blue is not really a good choice, after all it is so common. Your husband loves red, and you don’t mind red – if it were used right. So you pick a red. Hmm … but it is such an intense color, certainly you couldn’t paint all the walls red. Maybe you could pick a color to go with it. Hmm … let’s see, your sister loves green, oh no that would look like Christmas, what goes with red? Let’s see yellow? No – you don’t really like yellow and that might be too much. Purple, hey that might be a happy medium … STOP!
Ok, sorry to put you through that – take a deep breath. Before you go to the paint store you choose a general color scheme. And the way you find that is you look for inspiration.
Here are inspiration ideas:
- A beautiful piece of art
- An oriental rug you inherited from Grandma
- The colors of your favorite vacation spot
- A post card depicting an English garden
- A beautiful dress you saw in the magazine
- Your favorite style is mid-century modern. What colors were popular then?
- You love an Asian feel, clean lines and all zen garden like. What colors are commonly used there?
- You love the colors of Indian spices; curry, saffron and cardamon.
- You like a neutral palette.
- You like a delicate pallet of soft blues and greens.
Take your time at this point. Here are some pictures for inspiration:
What is your inspiration? If you haven’t chosen your inspiration yet, begin collecting ideas in a box or a notebook. You’ll see that you are drawn to certain colors.
For those of you who would like some help choosing a color scheme for your project I do color consultations and you don’t even have to live near by because we can color consult online. Leave a comment or email Bonnie.