Sunday, April 17, 2011

Color Inspiration

So you have a neutral room - beige, white, brown, cream...and you want to inject more color into the room, but you want it all to work together. Just because you love blue doesn't mean the whole room has to be blue, and just because you love purple doesn't mean it's going to work with what you already have. Here are just a few examples of different color schemes that inspire me.
I am not an interior decorator, but I think the starting point is to decorate with the things you love (lots of pictures of family, books with colorful bindings, stripes or patterns) and build off of it. For example, you love big, comfy sectional sofas. Start with that. Make the overall appearance of the room with the big, comfy sectional look "comfy." If that sectional is a neutral color, put pops of color in the pillows. Personally, when it comes to comfort I go for furry pillows and chunky knit blankets. Then I add white candles and a soft rug, possibly a sheepskin.You don't have to use the pillows your sofa came with, nor do you want everything to be too matchy. There should also be one black piece in every room. It adds depth and interest.

Black & white with pops of bright color:
Victoria Webster

Dunn Family via Country Living

Just black and white:
Image from Joey and Lana Make a House a Home

From the book "At Home With White"

Sherwin Williams "Hazel" via Woodson and Rummerfield

The Brooklyn Home Company

Medium Blue:

Mary MacDonald

Massuco Warner Miller

Baby blue:
Miles Redd via Apartment Therapy

Palmer Weiss via Lonny


Highgloss Magazine

Judy Aldridge of Atlantis Home via Table Tonic

Miles Redd

Tobi Fairley's Energy House

Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper

Ruthie Sommers via Decorpad

via Decorpad

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Ron Marvin via Decorpad

Steven Arroyo House Tour via Apartment Therapy

Diane von Furstenburg's home fabric line

Celerie Kemble via KristyLeeInteriors

Moises Esquenazi via Cococozy

Paris Hilton's bedroom

Campagne decoration via Cote de Texas

Habitually Chic on Flickr

Silver and Metallics:
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via Attic Mag

And my current fav, grey+cream+white+wood
Marian's Awesome Apartment House Call via Apartment Therapy

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