Using color shouldn’t be daunting. Far from it! Color, used correctly, can make the difference in a room. With a good set of base colors, a few brighter hues can really spice things up.
At a Loss for Inspiration? Look in Your Closet
It may seem like an odd suggestion, but it is very likely that you have already developed a preference when it comes to color—just take a walk over to your closet and look inside! The shades and seasonal changes you see on display can provide you with an idea of what is in your comfort zone, but will still make for a bold statement in your home.
Make Color “Pop”
Use color in your home to create a “wow” factor. Making sure the color really “pops” is important, but you do not need to use a lot to achieve this impact. The added element of color can be as simple as a rug, a throw, or a pillow. By ensuring you have a good set of neutrals to function as the base of your palette, you can switch out the elements of accent color as the year goes on, making sure that guests in your home will keep walking away impressed, season after season.
We’ve already written about grey coming on the scene as a neutral color, and before adding those brighter accent colors, you might want to think about other ways to complement the grey in your room. Warmer taupes or cooler ivory, when paired with the right grey, can give a room a relaxed, serene feel. You can also layer yet more shades of the same neutral tone to give a modern, monochromatic look.
Interior Design Color Trends for Spring 2013
As we move into the summer, it is worth taking a look at some of the trends from the Spring. If you looked in your closet and found some tropical tones—a tangerine orange, or a pineapple yellow, perhaps—you could choose those and other complimentary vibrant tones for an elegant, contemporary look. A nice plum can add a regal touch to a room, while a lipstick red can seductively draw the eye. Add in a citrus or kelly green, and you can nicely ground those bold colors.
Another trend you might have been able to anticipate by glancing at your wardrobe: watercolor. In fashion as much as in design—particularly with interior fabrics—watercolor has become increasingly popular. In your room, it could take the form of a pattern that suggests hand-painted floral scenes, a great way to introduce a graceful, feminine touch.
With this and every trend, La Maison Interiors is always happy to help create a blend of interior design colors that will bring out the beauty in all the pieces in your home.