Afraid of Color?

Why are you afraid of color? Or why do you think you are clever with color? I have found that people who fall into these categories often have visually unsuccessful spaces. When someone is afraid of color they will be so safe that the spaces are boring and uninteresting. The fear leads to choosing white and off-white colors or very pale tones of colors.

The other end of this spectrum are the people that think they are very clever with color and have it everywhere with no defined execution. A perfect example of this is the use of uncomplimentary colors used in adjacent spaces when they can be seen in the same view.

The solution is to choose a color palette that works for all spaces that are open to each other (spaces without doors). Successful use of color is a theme that is carried through the spaces. Use closed-off and isolated rooms as opportunities for surprise and to highlight your favorite color.

I have oversimplified the color challenge in this post. The point I make is to have an overall consistent color palette and juggle those colors through the spaces. Shy away from the lightest shade on the color card and go toward the middle or darker end. If you need inspiration, find a multi-color fabric you love and pull the color combination from that to define your color plan. Good luck!

In the example below, I illustrate how I started with the color combination from the paint color fan deck and used the colors on different surfaces for a cohesive execution.

Make it Colorful!

Color makes it fun. In these vacation home projects a relaxed casual style was a must. Using a mix of vintage furnishings with trendy colorful accents I created a spaces that are comfortable on budget. Pillows and slipcovers can be changed seasonally or if the color scheme wants to be changed. It is a cost effective way to enhance and alter your decor.

Design for Everyday Tasks

Laundry is an every day task for many families. Create a laundry room that is a nice place to be. In this before and after example. I converted a large closet into a space for the washer and dryer. There is still lots of room for storage. We added color and lighting and now it is a comfortable, accessible and easy place to do laundry everyday.