So you’re about to do your first home decorating project and you’re not really sure where to start – especially when it comes to picking your colors. Well, don’t sweat it; you’ve come to the right place. Everything you’ll need to find the perfect colors for your project – from furniture to flooring, walls or accent pieces is right in this article. These quick tips will get you rolling on your project in no time.
The Easiest Way to Pick Colors
Some interior decorators call it the “inspiration piece” – we’ll call it your “road map to perfect colors.” The easiest way to pick colors for your room is to find one multi-colored item you absolutely fall in love with and use it as your color-coded road map.
Let’s say you found an abstract print with vibrant colors you love. Great – you just found your road map. Take a moment to study the colors in the print. What color do you like the most? Does the red excite you? Does it have any other color that makes the artwork pop? Keep the print handy; everything you pick for your project will come from the abstract artwork you fell in love with.
For our example, we’ll use the artwork in this article and create a color palette for a living room around it. Vibrant reds, intense blues and vivid golden yellows are underscored with black outlines in the piece; subtle earthy undertones are also present. This gives you a number of color choices for your room.
Furniture comes in an infinite array of colors. You can buy natural colored woods, metal pieces in silver or gold or you can select a painted piece. Since furniture can be a big part of your budget – especially the large pieces – you’ll want to use colors from your road map, but also consider future changes in décor.
Look at the earthy undertones in your abstract. We’ll pick a medium color wood like teak for any large furniture pieces we need. But don’t stop there. So many people use one color for their furniture because they believe it all has to match. That’s not only wrong – but, it can be pretty boring, too.
Select other colors for the small accent pieces from your print and you can’t go wrong. A perfect compliment to teak could be a set of brushed gold side tables. Or you could buy an espresso black coffee table with a glass top to pick up the black outline colors in your road map. Add gold accents to tie in the side tables.
Now let’s pick a sofa fabric. Want to go bold? If you fell in love with the red in your abstract, a bold red upholstered sofa would make a wonderful statement in your room.
Any of these choices will put you well on your way to the perfect set of colors.
Just like the large pieces of furniture in your room, flooring can also take a big bite out of your budget. Try to find a color that would work now and in the future. Here’s a hint that will make the room look like a pro decorated it. Don’t select a flooring color that matches the furniture that sits on top it; try to find a contrast that will make your furnishings “pop” from the ground up.
If you selected a bold red sofa on a teak wood frame with an espresso coffee table, a tawny tan carpet (like the undertones in the abstract) would work perfectly. It’s also neutral enough to lend itself to changes in the future.
Never worry about your wall colors – they are easy and inexpensive when you use paint. If you already have a number of bold colors in the room, you can tone it down with neutral-colored paint. Or you can live dangerously and pick another bold color from your road map; either way, you win.
A good choice for this room could come from the tawny color on the floor. To lighten up the room a bit, decrease the color value a couple shades. Bring your print and a piece of the carpet to the paint store to help zero in on the color. Start by finding a swatch that matches the carpet exactly, then move up two or three shades lighter for the perfect wall color.
Art and Accessory Colors
I’ve always said that art and accessories are the crowing jewels in decorating – make yours shine! Use the colors in your abstract to decide what you would like to see more of. If you want to bring a little more red to the wall, mat your print in red. If you want to sprinkle a little black into the room, frame your abstract in black.
Look for print throw pillows that have two or three colors from your road map to spice up the sofa. Find lighting fixtures with the same gold accents you picked for your side tables.
Anything goes when you use the abstract print you fell in love with as your road map. Congratulations! You now know everything you need to find the perfect colors for your next decorating project.