This photo is an example of expert open floor plan color distribution — let us just start with that! The most sound advice we can give regarding decorating your home is to select a color palette and then stick with it so that the rooms flow — even if your floor plan isn’t open-concept. Continue your selected color palette into the other rooms of your home, something that may surprise some of our readers! Interior designers generally create color boards for entire houses that effortlessly flow with complementing fabrics and finishes throughout. These materials tell a story that is full and complete, and is told room by room. Keeping the general palette neutral and switching up pops of accessories is a great and timeless way to go when creating a color scheme for your home — plus it is easy to switch up with seasons or changes of taste!
We’re always excited for Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement, and this year did not disappoint with the zingy and refreshing nature of Greenery! Symbolic of new beginnings and the reconnection with nature, one other, and our larger purposes, this natural neutral is life-affirming in its freshness and vitality. The yellow-green color is reminiscent of flowers and all of the outdoors and “signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate,” according to Pantone. It pairs beautifully with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, and metallics — a very versatile color, indeed! Get ready to see this color all over the worlds of fashion, beauty, and products alike.
In interior design, the term ‘saturated color’ refers to the intensity or purity of a hue. Saturated colors are bright, vibrant, and fiery! Create an entire room bursting with saturated color, or place a pop or two here and there. If a dark and moody room is your style, the most beautiful accents to add are saturated colors — they lend themselves well to masculinity but still stay true to their brilliant nature. When adding saturated colors to your space, go small with accents, or go big with large pieces of furniture, paint, and flooring or cabinetry, if you are daring!
It turns out, there is a way to master a red, white, and blue color palette without making your home like it is in constant celebration of July 4th. Whether you are using this color palette in a small or large way, the rules are the same, making this an easy palette to use! The most important thing to remember is that pattern is your friend — use solids in small doses. Up the ante with lots of texture in your space — whether that is visual or tactile, it makes no difference, but red, white, and blue spaces look effortless when effectively layered. If you’re trying to get this look on a small-scale, use mostly accents to convey your color message. But if large-scale is your thing, and you want the entire room to tell this color story, use upholstered furniture in a bold color, wallpaper, all accessories that lend themselves well to the space, etc. Go all out! With this palette, go small or go big — but choose between those two!
It’s almost the middle of the year, but there’s no way we won’t talk about Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year — Rose Quartz and Serenity. This is the first time that Pantone has released two colors of the year, as a married inspirational pair. You can find these colors in nature — think sunsets (especially of the Arizona variety), flowers, plants, and leaves. Rose Quartz is the perfect blush color, and Serenity has a sort of icy tone while still evoking a calm and intensely ethereal feeling. To bring these colors into your own home, use paint or another form of wall-covering for a floor-to-ceiling application; furniture for a pricier investment; or accessories (like pillows!) if you’re just looking to celebrate these colors without making a big design decision.
There isn’t a more classic color combination than red, white, and black. Create a modern, chic design with these colors, or keep your decor more traditional — this palette works any way you want it to! Whether you paint an entire wall red, or use red as a minimal accent, there is no denying that every room should have a touch of red somewhere.