DESIGN | PROCESS | RESOURCES
As you know, the blog section on my website is very new, and I have been trying to come up with ways to connect with you all during this time in quarantine, so when I saw in her blog post list that a colour palette blog post was an idea, I jumped at the chance to set up a template to work with.
Going forward, I'll be frequently posting similarly to this one you're reading, where I give you my top picks for the month in each colour palette category. I'll share some of my favourite paint colours, some top furniture picks for the theme, and give you inspiration on items you can order yourself. This will not only give you some *free* insight to guide you to an ideal "vibe" for your space, and give you inspo for sourcing but it also will give you a taste of what's to come in the future.
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Above, I've chosen some of my favourite Benjamin Moore earthy tones. In these paint boards, to answer your question, No--I didn't go through their collections, rather, I went through their whole colour wheel and hand picked paints I thought matched the blog colour theme best.
Picking out paint is always the hardest part of your interior, because it will look so different when it's on your walls, compared to the paint swatches. What I always suggest when picking paint colours is painting a larger portion of not just one, but all of the walls you plan to paint in that tone. This gives you a better idea on how the light will reflect off each wall when the paint is dry, which will ultimately give you a better understanding on what finishes, stains, and furniture will work best.
Photo by Daniel Wirtz
Making sure you work with the right undertones, pick how you want your pieces to interact. You rarely want to mix warm greens with cool greens, because they won't necessarily match each other, or the tones of your previously chosen paint. Instead, once you find a furniture *design* that you like, look into ALL of the colour options available for that model. From there, make sure you order swatches in every colour option you like!!!
Swatches will always help you, and if it's a company which uses the same materials for all their furniture, you can keep the swatches and mix and match the furniture in future projects, or bring the same tones across other rooms.
Not only do you want to think about what the colour of the upholstery is, you also want to take into consideration what the hardware material is. Pick a finish and stick with it. What I mean by this is, if the legs in your arm chair are gold, pick other furniture with gold finishes on the legs or armrests. If the colour you prefer is black, stick to black. The finishes matching is a key element in making sure your space is coherent.
Photo by Thanos Pal
Decorating your space is the icing on the cake. Accessories really tie the theme together when you're in the final stages of designing. One of my go-to ways to top of any space is picking throws with texture, such as linen, tassels or textured detailing. The textures in the pieces I picked for this blog not only fits the colour theme, but the textures are similar to texture you could find in nature, as well.
When thinking about accessorizing, every surface is an empty slate. Think about filling up the walls with some green or beige artwork, macrame, or shelving. I like to find coffee table books which fit the colour scheme as well, such as this set I found on Etsy.
Much like the detailing in the finishes on the furniture, which I mentioned above, picking your door handles, cabinet pulls, and any other hardware is just as important as the rest of the space. Think about going with some tubular handles like the first set to bring a pop of life into your space (make sure the gold detail matches your furniture finishes!) or go with something more rustic like a small leather pull to bring in the imperfect edges of the pull for an organic look.
Tiles aren't needed in every interior, but picking statement tiles is my favourite part of any project which involves them! Not only are there millions of tile options out there, but you can play with colour, pattern and texture. I like to use a basic subway tile when the colour in the stain is imperfect, this makes sure the size and cut is uniform, even if the tiles aren't. Another option I love to go for is a uniquely shaped tile like the 3rd option below. The tiles are slightly textured, but because the colour is solid, having angles in the tiles brings some life back into them and makes them less flat.
I'm going to be posting different colour themes over the course of the next few weeks, and in the near future, I'm potentially thinking about posting content similar to this, with way more detail and materials to work with and source from, for those in this industry (and of course, anyone at home who wants full access as well!) . If access to more content and home ideas interests you, feel free to leave a comment below and add yourself to the newsletter list, where I'll be sending you content which won't be available to everyone else who has basic access to this blog.
Happy Cinco de Mayo in the mean time!
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