How Wall Color Can Get You a Beach House & Other Color Design Tips

Playing with color to create an inspiring HomeSpace can be exciting or daunting depending on how confident you feel. Remember this is about how the colors in your HomeSpace make you feel and how they can become Anchors for your LifeVision.

I recently visited a friend’s city apartment and asked him what his dream was. He replied that it was to own a beach house one day and live right on the ocean. My friend’s face lit up describing this beautiful LifeVision. I was surprised to find the color blue was nowhere to be seen in his apartment—something he hadn’t considered. Color can dramatically affect your mood and is an essential Anchor for your future LifeVision.

Feeling and Color

The colors around you affect the way you feel. It’s that simple. This in turn affects your vibe. When time came for me to choose colors for my upstate lake house, I asked myself, “Okay, this is my living room. How do I want to feel in this space? I want to feel calm and relaxed. I also want to create a vibe that feels inviting, cozy and intimate.”

Next, what natural setting causes me to feel this way? For me, it’s a forest landscape blanketed in snow. Therefore the color scheme I take inspiration from will be forest green, brown, grey, black and white. Simple.

How To Pick a Color Palette for Any Room

Choosing the color for your HomeSpace can be much simpler than designers make it. Often people start with questions like “What’s the right shade of white?” Instead, the question you should ask is “How do I want to feel in this space?” Starting with that question will help you draw inspiration from all of your favorite places.

The HomeSpace color design principle is all about keeping it simple. In three steps you can pick a color palette for each room in your HomeSpace that will help connect you to your own LifeVision.

  1. Choose the feeling you want to experience in the room and consider what natural landscape inspires you to feel that way.
  2. With that landscape in mind, pick the dominant and complementary colors.
  3. Select the accent colors.

Start choosing your color scheme by considering the furnishings and large room elements you already have, as they tend to be more expensive than the paint that you will be testing. It’s easier and cheaper to change paint than to change all your furniture.

When you are deciding on color in your HomeSpace, think about the flow from one room to the next. This helps link the home in terms of a cohesive style, color scheme and story. From that foundation you can consider the color options for each room separately, depending on what mood and feeling you are trying to create. When in doubt, keep the walls light and neutral and bring in color with accent elements like curtains, pillows, throws, rugs and art. If you are happy with the color scheme in your HomeSpace then reflect on a natural setting you love that these colors bring to mind. This will re-inspire the way you see that color.

Typically there are three dominant colors used in each room’s color scheme, distributed in a 60-30-10 percent ratio:

  1. A dominant or main color usually used on the walls or the furniture (as a rule this should be roughly 60 percent of the given space)
  2. A secondary color which is the second most dominant color in the room (should represent roughly 30 percent of the space)
  3. An accent color used to add pops of color and points of interest to the space (roughly 10 percent of the color scheme)—things like decorative objects, books, architectural details, cushions or throws

You can use accent objects that have different patterns as long as they are the same color or complementary shade. Plan one room at a time and remember the color scheme for your HomeSpace must to be one you love and feel inspired by.

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