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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Inspiration Scandinavian style

I am meeting with a potential new client next week, who lives in a house in Switzerland built by a Swedish designer. She said she’s having trouble working with the typical Scandinavian design of the house. I decided to give myself a little visual inspiration—research, you know?

Scandinavian style is everything I would love my own home to embody—loads of natural light, subtle, refreshing colors, clean-lined furnishings, and an absence of clutter (that’s the big one I hope to gain).

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White walls and floors, mirrors, and glass maximize and reflect the light in Jeanette Lund’s home in Norway.

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Benita Larsson, formerly of Chez Larsson, maximizes all available space in her Stockholm abode. Organization is key.

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Nature plays a large role in interiors. Nearly every home is equipped with a fireplace or wood-burning stove so firewood becomes part of the décor. Love this!

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Scandinavian design embraces the open layout.

Love all of these interiors.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 2.49.29 PMPhoto via Minty: Charlotte Minty Interior Design

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What are your thoughts regarding Scandinavian design? Too minimalist for you, or do you love it?

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