Q: There are so many colors! How do you narrow them down to just a few choices?
A: Create an inspiration board or folder. Collect photographs of rooms you like from magazines, catalogs, and websites. Save these photos, fabric samples, color swatches, and more. You’ll likely see a theme, such as a specific color, style, or pattern, which you can use as a starting point. I usually like to use a “safe” color as the base and use pops of bright color around the space.
For this little girl’s nursery, however, I decided to update the classic pink color scheme by choosing bright pinks (First Kiss #CI 220, Strawberry Fields #CI 219) as the base colors. Adding additional bold hues (Gone Bananas #CI 233, Hang Ten #CI 251, Kiwi Splash #CI 237) creates a space that can move from nursery to big-kid room.
Q: How do you make a classic color choice, such as blue, fresh and fun?
A: If I were designing this room in blue, I would do a play on a modern jungle theme. I’d mimic the hues found in grass with two shades of green (Kiwi Splash #CI 237, Gecko #CI 236) and recreate the sky with blues (Dive In #CI 249, Sprinkler #CI 250). I’d keep the cheerful yellow (Gone Bananas #CI 233) to add a fun splash of color. Accenting with whites provides some visual relief.
Q: What colors do you suggest for a room that suits either a boy or girl?
A: For the gender-neutral room, selecting colors that would be appropriate for either is key. Greens (Minty #CI 239, Katydid #CI 240), yellows (Star Bright #CI 231, Funshine #CI 232), and even a calming blue (Cool Pool #CI 248) are colors that can go masculine or feminine. This subdued palette also allows flexibility for adding touches of “boy” or “girl” once the little bundle is born.
Q: What colors would you use if this chevron pattern were in a living room?
A: For the neutral room, I’d pick colors that are cozy and relaxing. I’d use Chimney Stone (#CI 152) as the wall color, and then pick Thunderstorm (#CI 154) and Morning Zen (#CI 170) as accent paints. This would work in a chevron or simple stripe pattern. Juniper Breeze (#CI 178) and Eucalyptus Leaf (#CI 180) are great colors for window treatments and pillows.
Q: What is your fail-proof tip for choosing a color palette?
A: No matter the room, I feel it’s important to let it reflect your personality and make it a place you love. Ultimately, it’s your home and you should love being where you live --so make it the best it can be.