Color is phenomenal, enticing, and daunting. Too much can be overwhelmingly tacky and too little can mush together into a big ball of blah. Using the right amount in the wrong way could also cause harm to your eyes, as certain colors just REFUSE to work together. Well, no fear! We are here to quickly decipher the code to color coordinating your space. We'll even throw in a few tips here and there for innovative ways to add pop without over committing and causing regret later on.
Color is essential to a designed space but we are often lost on how to create beauty using color rather than ensue chaos and birth tackiness. (Kitsch is only cute in your grandmother's home or an overdone hipster restaurant.) Colors are so often misunderstood as the main character when often times it only wants to play a side role. The main goal in creating a beautiful, approachable space is finding balance. Harmonious use of color is key in elevating your space but it also gives room to mix and match, create highlight moments, or build a full monochromatic vibe. Read on! And don't be afraid. The world (of color) is your oyster.
1. Pick Your Palette
First things first, you gotta have a blueprint to build a house. To add color to your space, you have to know what palette you are willing to commit to for the next x-amount of months/years. This means we have to go back to school and revisit our color theory knowledge. The reason why color theory works is because there's already been research done for us to understand what colors truly compliment each other and why. The color wheel dictates almost a mathematical rhythm as to how colors find their complimentary partners. So rather than working so much harder, we can work a bit smarter and follow what's been studied for us. If you are unsure of which color complements to follow or even how to implement certain compliment theories, an easy place to start is online pre-generated color palettes. These palettes can help you filter through what you don't like and understand the flow of what color compliments you DO like.
*A few examples of color palettes you can find online*