Feel things out. Color can definitely affect our moods. Color can even help us feel cozier in a cold northern climate. If you are shy of color, no need to go from none to all out.  Start by dipping a toe in and see what works.

Nature is a great place to be motivated by color. You just simply can’t go wrong. What inspires you when you’re enjoying the outdoors?  The colors that you instinctively are drawn too can be a great cue. This is going to sound like a catch phrase but I’m always confident working off of palettes found in nature. Just consider how flowers come in the the most peculiar color combinations like citrine, orange and pink, and if it looks beautiful in nature there’s no reason that it shouldn’t look beautiful in your house. Personally, I love moss green paired with robin’s egg blue and there are so many accent colors that work with it too.  It’s actually pretty obvious, if you imagine greenery set against a blue- sky and any color of flower along with it or even yellow representing the sun.

 

Another way to select a color palette is by starting with a fabric print you like or a piece of art you love. Pick out two or three of the less dominant colors in the pattern or picture to come up with a scheme for a room. A good way to add depth to whatever palette you’re working with is to use more than one shade of the same color, which gives a lot of depth and sophistication in a room.

 

Consider adding some interest with lamps. They can be a great place to launch color.  Adding a dash of color with a table lamp feels a little more unexpected than a bold throw pillow, where color is more probable. Adding an accent chair in a fun color really goes a long way in making your house more distinctive. I also think that painting little nooks like exposed shelves or the interior of a bookcase in a accent color can really add a  fresh and crisp look.

 

Make sure your home has a flow. However, there is no need to repeat color schemes throughout your home. If you have an open floor plan, or there are no or very little divisions between rooms, this becomes a bit tougher. It is important that some colors carry through. So say you have a palette that consists of five different colors in one area, the adjoining room needs to include at least one or two of those colors in its scheme for consistency. This keeps the flow going as you use these same colors as a thread to another room.

 

It’s a very good idea to have a master plan in mind when decorating. You can’t just buy an orange sofa you fell in love with this week and the following week some yellow chairs. Start collecting fabrics and photos of pieces you like, Take a look at things together considering what is already in the room such as flooring, trim color etc. Please though, before you purchase anything it is important to know the scale and sizes that will work well in your space and know how you want it to function. Once you have a good master plan for your room it is a lot easier to step back and consider the big picture.

 

Enjoy yourself. Certain kinds of rooms lend themselves to color. You can play it safe with more neutrals in the formal spaces, like a main living room. In those areas, you don’t need or want to replace things as quickly. In higher trafficked family rooms and kids’ rooms these are great places to have some fun and take a risk. From a practical standpoint, color can allow furniture to be more durable. Saturated colors are more forgiving than soft ones. And if you’re afraid of color, it’s always good to test it out on less expensive pieces.