Thursday, October 4, 2012

Design Tips: Color Ideas and Tips


We all want color in our life. Or do we? Sometimes a little bit goes far. Color sets the tone for a room, it can excite, calm or warm. Depending on the feeling you want to achieve, color is the easiest way to get there.

Better Homes and Gardens’ website recently published a wonderful article on using color in your décor. In “Our Best Tips for Choosing and Using Color” designers and experts share their thoughts and ideas. Here are a few of my favorites from the article:

“Follow the rule of three: When you pick a color, use it at least three times in a room. Here, yellow appears in the pillows, on the blanket on the bed, and as an accent color on the nightstand, as well as on the walls.”

“Subtle Changes: Don't sweat slight color variations between fabrics and walls. ‘The best rooms are slightly off -- stronger, lighter, softer, just not a spot-on match to a swatch,’ says Sasha Emerson, a Los Angeles designer.”

I like to use similar shades of a color to create a room that’s organized but not too formal feeling.

Color Proportion: “When you're spreading color around a room, think about proportion. If you're using three colors, try a 70/20/10 distribution: Use the lightest color for 70 percent of the room's decor, the second lightest for 20 percent, and the boldest for 10 percent. For two colors, go with 70/30.”

For example, for a fresh bright look, the walls and ceilings could be the light color, fabrics for furniture or windows the second lightest and throw pillows and accessories for the boldest color. For a dramatic effect, switch the proportion upside down with 70 percent the darkest color!

“Wood Tones: Failing to think of wood as a color can ruin an otherwise thought-out scheme. Oaks and rusty oranges can look too similar, and mahogany can make a dark room even darker.


But as with all design rules and suggestions, the rules are meant to be bent and even broken. Rely on your taste. If you consistently choose things and colors you love, chances are really good that everything will look great together.

-Until next time!
Elaine Bothe

Resources and photos courtesy of: Better Homes and Gardens website

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