Friday, November 2, 2012

Decorating with Color!

Color has an incredible ability to affect our mood. It can provide us with soothing comfort or vibrant energy. For years, I was afraid of mixing patters and using "loud" colors, but with such an amazing spectrum of colors to choose from, I definitely got tired of playing it safe. More importantly, I battled the need to change things up every few months. Honestly, who can afford to update their entire home on every colorful whim? So, I instead decided to learn how to use color in a way that balanced my love for neutrals and need for change. Here's what I've learned...

1. If you want to be able to change your color scheme occasionally, keep your investment pieces neutral. Investment pieces are your sofas, rugs, and tables; basically anything of a significant cost that cannot be easily swapped out. This will give you a relatively clean foundation before adding your color.

2. Before you decide on a color palette, live with it for a while. Do this by gathering paint swatches and tape them to the spots where you're likely going to use the color. This will give you a great sense of how the color looks at different times of the day. It will also help you determine if the color fits well with your other pieces. Behr has large paint swatches you can use for this. LOVE IT!

The Perfect Palette  is also an amazing resource to help you select your colors!

3. Where should the color go? To get a big impact with little effort, add color with your drapes, pillows and other accessories.

  • Window treatments should be hung as high as they can possible go, this will draw your eye up, will elongate your room, and add a ton of color. 
  • Pillows will help anchor the color in the room by bringing the color closer to eye level. Don't be afraid to mix patterns with your pillows. Remember the goal is to blend not match.
  • Incorporate the colors throughout your room with your accessories. Vases, books, candles, even flowers are a create way to add visual interest quickly on a budget.





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Live Beautifully Tip:
Using color effectively, like with most other things, is all about balance. Take a photo of your space and try your hardest to examine it objectively when you're considering changing it. Be strategic about when you place color, but don't be afraid to have a blast with it.


  1. The tulips are my favorite. I love the tulips and I love to decorate with a bright pop of color. I use a limey green and a bright poppy orange. It works well.

  2. Great tip about hanging up the paint swatches to "live with the color"!

  3. Fabulous tips and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. I love color!

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Great post! Love the ideas, and yes, beautiful photos!

    Thanks for stopping by my personal blog earlier, too. :)

    I hope you have an amazing rest of the weekend. :)

  5. These pictures are beautiful. I am saving this post to refer to later, when I redecorate.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  6. What BEAUTIFUL combinations! I need to review your website a bit more before continuing on to decorate my new place :)
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog - I am definitely following (though I may have been before!)


  7. Nice I luv them all especially gold and blue they really look great together. Now can you help design a kids room with colors like angry birds spider man etc. Thank You!

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