5 Design Expert Tips To Embrace Color

Albatron Rustic European White Oak 9/16 x 9 ½ x 96”

Color is one of the most powerful elements in design. But when it comes to choosing a color palette for interiors, many clients get timid about bright hues. Often, we find that it’s not that clients don’t like color, but rather that they’re unsure of how and when to use it in their home. So how do you talk to them about color? Here are five expert tips, tricks and examples for how to help clients look at color in a whole new way.

  1. Begin with something you love: Whether it’s a special piece of art, antique lamp or tapestry, if there’s an item that makes you feel happy or energized when you see it, then chances are that’s a starting point for designing a space.


  1. Tap into nature for inspiration: The outdoors makes us feel relaxed and at ease, so when it comes to design it’s the perfect place to turn to get inspired. Ocean blues, spring greens, sunny yellows, call can be used to bring in a jolt of color to a wall (if bold) or toss pillows (if hesitant).


  1. Mix-and-match: It’s ok to break the matchy-match rules. Red and pink cushions? Yes. Emerald green couch and purple club char? Sure. The only thing to keep in mind is to have something that will tie them all together. Throw pillows, a tapestry or artwork can do the trick.


  1. Find your own fabric: Textiles like fabrics, wall coverings and rugs can both add color and visual interest. Think large-scale florals for custom drapery or geometrics for decorative accents. Once you’ve selected a palette, pick two to four fabrics that bring in various amounts of color.


  1. Upcycle: What’s old can be new again with a vibrant makeover. Try reupholstering a drab chair in a plush fabric or painting an old side table in a contemporary hue. These are easy ways to test one’s color tolerance without spending a lot or making a big commitment.


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