Building a color scheme for a room

First, I would like to remind you all that today is the last day to enter the e-design giveaway so get those entries in!

Now, it’s time to start getting inspired for a room refresh. Where does the inspiration for a room come from? Sometimes it’s a photo in a magazine, something you saw on Pinterest, or a piece of art, rug, or duvet cover that you fell in love with that creates the foundation of a room. Then you use that piece to build a color scheme. I used a piece of art I found at a consignment shop to serve as the inspiration for our nursery, which is in the works!

Starting with art, a rug, a duvet cover, fabric, or pillow can be tough. But Sherwin-Williams has a handy online tool that I’m mildly obsessed with to help you build a room around anything. It’s called Chip It! Just upload a photo of your item, and the tool spits out the Sherwin-Williams colors in the piece so you can decide your wall and accent colors.

Here’s the artwork I bought for our nursery.

South American art

I took a closeup of the Otomi, and here’s what the magic tool came up with

Otomi chipped

I found this rug on ebay. Note: I am not thinking of using this in the same space. I picture this rug in an all white kitchen.

Turkish rug

Rug chip card

I love this Chiang Mai Dragon fabric from Schumacher, but at $203/yard, it’s way out of my price range. I did recently find an amazing lookalike, but more on that in a post next week. I would still love to pull colors from this amazing fabric into a room. Maybe I could find a remnant, and make a pillow?

Chiang Mai Dragon chairs

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Once you’ve built a color scheme around something you love, then you can have some fun picking paint colors and accents for the room. A word of advice: Don’t go overboard with your color pops. Work in what you like, but edit yourself along the way. Not everything has to be a statement piece. Maybe you paint a lamp base one of the accent colors, or toss a solid throw pillow in it onto the sofa.

How do you come up with a color scheme for a room?