How to Use Color in Your Home

It’s winter and dreary and gray. So…let’s talk COLOR! Color is one of the most important design elements in a home – it’s practically the first thing you notice. It also imparts a feeling – whether it be of warmth, sophistication, starkness or calm.room-blue sofa

If you are wary of color and unsure whether you will do it “right” – here are some tips that I hope will help you “embrace the color!”

1. Look to Mother Nature: She combines all shades of green, with all shades of brown, sometimes orange, red, and blue. She doesn’t make mistakes and it looks beautiful. deb in brown room

2. There are no ugly colors: It all in how you use it. Gold can look “hello 1970’s” if combined with orange, but if combined with chocolate or navy blue, it’s fresh. Peach can evoke 1980’s if combined with green, but add a tad more orange and combine it with a dark color and it’s a hip coral. All “dated” colors can be tweaked and then combined with others to look fresh.

3. Color can be serene: Sometimes we avoid color because we want a calm, uncomplicated look. But grays and browns are not the only options. Using color in a monochromatic palate evokes the same feel – think greens, blues, purples, and soft colors. Using just one color with a neutral can be very understated and calm. room-white sofa w: green

4. There are no rules: There are very few color combinations that do not work. Today’s eclectic interiors allow us to mix and match with more freedom than ever before. If you are unsure, pay attention to the vibrancy factor – generally pastels and brights don’t mix. But get two vibrant colors together or two soft colors and they will. room-purple, glass & brass

For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board “COLORS that rock.” http://www.pinterest.com/therefindroom/colors-that-rock You’ll be amazed at all the options! And if you go out on a limb, let us know about it. We’d love to see.