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

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Get Inspired by Paul Smith

Scott and I were in London this past weekend. He planned the trip as an early birthday present to me to see my all-time favorite musical Jersey Boys, and it was just as fabulous as I had remembered. Scott really liked it too.

One of the other trip highlights was a trip to London’s Design Museum to see the Paul Smith (that’s him below) exhibit. It was a peek inside the fashion designer’s world of inspiration, creation, and collaboration, and the entire exhibit illustrated his sense of humor, his boldness, and his uniqueness. For those of you who don’t know, this design icon is well known for his colorful stripes. I was completely inspired.

Paul Smith

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2014 color of the year

I’m a bit late on telling you all about Pantone’s 2014 color of the year. I think it’s because I have been a little on the fence about it. The color is radiant orchid, a harmony of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones. It brightens moody rooms of hunter or olive green and enlivens neutral territories of gray, beige, and taupe.

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Because I’m not a huge fan of the vivid shade, I was kind of having a problem telling you how I would use it in a room. Don’t get me wrong, I like feminine shades. Remember this post on my blush obsession?

Then I had a dream about this hot color (yes, I dream about interiors!), and I had to show you how I would use it—and love it.

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Color crush: blush

Scott asked me the other night if I have ever designed a pink room that wasn’t intended for a little girl. I painted my bathroom in my Brooklyn apartment Behr’s Delicate Blush because soft pink is absolutely the most flattering color, and a single girl could get away with having a pink bathroom. But I told him that there are so many other applications where pink would work in a couple’s home or the family abode. He encouraged me to do a pink decorating post in honor of breast cancer awareness month, so here it is folks.

Pink is not just for little girls, frills and lace. My new favorite shade of blush actually works as a sophisticated neutral. Pair it with navy, charcoal, mushroom or gold.
(Image: DecorPad)
Blush and navy living room
Or use shades of blush to warm up a monotone palette.
Blush bedroom scene
Add romance and glamour to any room with a subtle rose tone on the walls.
(Image: Bryn Alexandra)
Blush dining room
Let the pale shade play up a dramatic contrast with black.
(Image: Lonny, March 2011)
Blush nook
Invite one unexpected blossom-colored item into a room.
(Image: Indulgy via Decor8)
Blush sofa
Ready to add a touch of pink to your house? I did a little research and fell in love with more than a few things.
Blushing Blush 2
San Diego’s Craigslist has amazing blush-colored offerings right now. You lucky ducks! I want this mid-century pastel pink-enameled metal desk in a bad way. I can see this bench in an entryway. I would just paint the scroll frame–maybe black, charcoal or gray. And I would purchase this table and chairs because it is way too good of a deal to pass up (not pictured on my board because the photo wasn’t great).

The shell photo, vintage perfect lamp, knobs, rug and curtains offer the perfect way to start accessorizing a room with blush details.

Each of these paints are fantastic. If you’re afraid to put a room in the pink, try painting just the ceiling, one wall or a piece of furniture.

Do you have any pink in your house?

The hottest colors for your home in 2014

OK, you might think I’m a wee bit early to be showing off the hot shades for next year since it isn’t even Halloween, but Pantone, the pros behind color, released the 2014 forecast a month ago, and I can’t sit on this any longer. Here are next year’s palettes.
Pantone 2014
Last year, I did this color trend story for CountryLiving.com on decorating with Pantone’s 2013 palettes.

Some colors in each of these palettes might seem too bold or just not you. The important thing to remember is that this isn’t a call to redecorate every room in your home. Instead, it’s about bringing in some fresh new color to what you already have to freshen up the space.

If you have a light gray couch, for instance, you might try additions like these. (I used the first palette as my jumping off point.)
Pantone living room
Our golden retriever puppy snacked on our living room rug so we’re in need of a new one anyway, and I LOVE this malachite version. So rich looking. I’d move our clear acrylic end table to another room (clear goes with everything) and purchase this black-and-gold number. I would probably look for a vintage vase table lamp, but I do really like the orange and blue in this one. To give a bit more elegance to my couch, I would bring in these purple, teal and cheetah-print pillows. I would replace my current curtains with these inexpensive blackout drapes and attempt to paint something like this ocean view.

See, small changes make a huge impact. To give a neutral dining room a bit of pop and incorporate the Physicality palette, I’d do something like this with this fabric and this rug.
Pantone dining room
Relish in the beauty of the Sculpted Simplicity palette of neutrals in the master bedroom with this organic wallpaper, new Euro shams, a furry white pillow, metallic silver pillow and gold pillow with a bit of sequin bling. For the walls, I would do a collage of several of my husband’s photographs in black and white (kind of like this).
Pantone Master Bedroom
I see the Fluidity palette outside. Bright chairs, (that are on sale right now!) with cushions covered in a fun fabric (not weather-resistant so keep it sheltered) and a great side table in my favorite color right now.
Pantone outdoor
The Collage palette would make an excellent kids’ space. Start with a modern wood table-and-stool set, and paint the stools salmon pink. Add a fun teepee to the room in a modern print, a cluster of hanging star lanterns and a mint-colored bookcase.
Pantone kids' space
True, the intimacy palette would look fabulous in a master suite, but I envision it as a sophisticated nursery for a baby girl too. I would start with an off-white crib and make the bedding from this modern geometric fabric. Hang soft pink curtains and add a whimsical pouf to rest feet while nursing. Instead of purchasing this mirror, I would create this look myself with a thrift-store mirror, some lavender gray paint and use my technique to crackle the finish.
Pantone Nursery
Moda makes sense in the kitchen, especially mine. It’s very neutral–grays, blacks and wood tones. I might spice things up with a patterned backsplash, a graphic Roman shade, this great rag rug and red knobs for the cabinets and drawers. I cannot justify the cost of these (though I love them), but I may try to modify my existing ones with paint.
Pantone kitchen
And I see Tribal Threads as an entryway, welcoming you in with soft but bright colors. This dresser is amazing, but I would definitely attempt an Ikea hack on this baby with these campaign pulls. I love this botanical print and this dark green glass lamp and neutral shade.
Pantone entryway

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