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Wendy On Color

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Okay. Quick question. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about color? Good thoughts, or not so much? Over the years I’ve been in interior design, I’ve had clients run the gamut from loving color and being pretty fearless about using it to wanting to avoid it at almost all costs. Some clients are noncommittal about it so they don’t have an opinion either way. Some just don’t think that much about it so they don’t even know how they really feel about it.

Id627f2cc1fe901db78cf8980ee2da18af you’re in any of the categories other than loving color, I say it’s time to bring some color into your life! It doesn’t have to be hit-you-across-the-eyes, knock-em sock-em color; in fact, some of the most effective color palettes are anything but. It all depends on how you use it.

There are lots of little tricks and secrets in the design world (I imagine there are in other worlds as well, but this is what I know). One of the best is how to work with color. You had to know there’s more to it than just choosing a color and flinging it around, right? There’s actually a radio that we use to figure things out. The standard ratio is 60 percent primary color, 30 percent secondary, and 10 percent accent color. Using this ratio, it’s easy to add color. For example, say you really love pink. If you want knockout, go for pink walls, which will comprise about 60 percent of the room. If not, then use it on 30 percent of the room, maybe curtains and some upholstered pieces, perhaps a rug with some pink in it. Want to just dip your toe in? That 10 percent could be an upholstered chair, a few new throw pillows, and maybe a piece of art with some pink tones and possibly even a pink matte.

63992346149c2If you want knockout, go for pink walls, which will comprise about 60 percent of the room. If not, then use it on 30 percent of the room, maybe curtains and some upholstered pieces, perhaps a rug with some pink in it. Want to just dip your toe in? That 10 percent could be an upholstered chair, a few new throw pillows, and maybe a piece of art with some pink tones and possibly even a pink matte.

One of the best ways to bring color into your life is by working with a design professional. This is one of the areas of design consulting I personally love, and it’s actually one of the areas that can be the most fun. I think one of the reasons people sometimes fear color is because they’ve had bad experiences with it. Working with a designer, someone who is trained in using color, can banish those bad experiences pretty quickly. Going back to our pink example, picking the right pink can make the difference between loving and regretting the end result. Having someone by your side who has seen a lot of pink used in a lot of different settings and who can guide you to just the right pink can ease any fears you might have about bringing it into your home.