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Interior Design: Where To Start?

You have been watching remodeling shows and you find yourself looking around your home for your next project. (Yes, I have done this, too!) The thoughts begin....what if I just knocked out this wall to create an open floor plan? I have always wanted a backsplash that is minimal and clean. What about swapping light fixtures in the bathroom and adding a new mirror? STOP. I love all of your ideas, but there is one thing you need before you do any of that.

Start with a color palette.

The key to a well designed home that looks like the inspiration you just saw on your favorite remodeling show is a well curated color palette. FULL STOP.

I can't tell you how many times I walk into a home and the design taste is there, the texture is present, and everything looks like the inspiration images you see on social media or HGTV, but something is 99.9% of the time it's because there is no cohesion in color. As you walk room to room in a home there should be colors that gently move you from space to space. The navy fabric on the sofa should transition to the throw in the guest bedroom and then to the vase on the bathroom shelf. Embrace the flow!

That's great, but how do I create a color palette?

Here are 3 tips to help you get started!

  1. Pick colors you can live with.

I know that sage green is really popular right now, but if the sight of green makes you feel queasy. Skip it! What's popular may not fit your taste and that's ok.

2. Pick a dominant color, accent color, and pop color.

Your dominant color should be the color that is most prominent in the space. Dominant colors can be neutral and should be used for large rugs, pieces of furniture, and other large items. Accent colors are there to support. They should compliment the dominant color and can be used in things like art, accent pillows, and small/medium sized items. Now for that pop color! Consider this your fun splash of interest that you are adding to the palette. This color should be used sparingly, but when used it should catch the eye!

3. Visit the paint store.

The best way to come up with your color palette is to head to the paint store. Spend time looking at color swatches. Envision colors in your space and ensure that they will be livable on a day to day basis. Do you have kids or pets? Maybe skip white as a dominant color! Do you find yourself wearing navy often? This may be a great choice!

And if this sounds overwhelming, contact an interior designer to help you!

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