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Color. It is all around us.
Some people definitely have a favorite color while others maybe don’t feel as strongly. But whichever you camp you are in, I bet you still have a hard time deciding what color to pick when faced with multiple options. I know that I labor over what color of sweater to buy when faced with the choice of Black, Red, Blue or Green.
Or maybe you are one of those people that just grab any color and figure it out later. Or maybe you just go with neutrals. I have a friend who only buys black and white clothing. Now that makes things really easy, but not so colorful!
Well, buying a sweater is one thing but what about colors for your home; such a new sofa set. These are colors you’ll surround yourself with and live with for years to come. You want to be sure you’ve selected colors you will enjoy.
How can you know that you will select a color pallet that you will love? Well, I think I have a few tips that will help you out.
First, identify a primary (or favorite) color as a place to start.
It is helpful if you have a favorite color. At least that’s a place to start. But if you don’t have a favorite, you can also look around and see if there is a dominate color in your home.
Also look for a dominate color in your closet. Are you like my friend? Do you tend to buy a certain color over and over? What colors are you drawn to? What colors dominate your surroundings? Start there.
Second, collect your favorite accessories.
You probably already have accessories around your home in colors that you love. To hone in on your personal color pallet, grab those favorite items and use them to pull your favorite colors together.
Also, think about your favorite outfits. You are probably already gravitating towards colors you love.
Third, start small and experiment.
Start small; such as in one room or even one outfit. Mix and match items in your new color scheme and find a combo you love. Make sure to take a picture of it so you have it to refer to later.
Fourth, create a pallet of bolds and/or neutrals.
Once you identify a primary color for your color scheme, then try your hand at coordinating a color pallet.
Do you like Blue? Purple? Red? If you find that you gravitate towards bright colors then go with richer bolder tones and add in some coordinating accent colors. For example, if your favorite color is Purple, you may enjoy adding Gold, Red and Emerald Green as accents.
Another option is to use shades of the primary color. Such as a bold blue, a light blue and a white/gray (neutral) blue.
A great source is the paint department at your local hardware store. Go pick up some paint chips in colors you like. You can also use these to mix and match and create a color pallet.
Grab colors you like and play around with putting colors next to each other. What do you think? If you love it, you are on the right track! If not, keep mixing and matching.
So, whether you currently have a favorite color or if you are still working on it, I know that these tips will help. If you will stop and take the time to mix and match a few colors, I know that you will be able to hone in on a personal color pallet that you will love!