Today, I’m presenting color from a different angle. I’m happy to share my thesis, Color Education in the Interior Design Curriculum. I welcome your thoughts on the subject and interior design education as a whole. Please share this link with others who may have an opinion to offer as well.
Recently, gray has been making a resurgence in the home color palette. You may have noticed that popular home retailers are incorporating the hue into their featured paint color offerings and throughout their catalogs; check out West Elm (see image below) and Pottery Barn. While gray may initially evoke thoughts of gloomy days or outdated bathroom tile, its richer and warmer tones can actually be pleasant and serve as a great backdrop for a variety of options. Want a contemporary look? Pair Benjamin Moore’s Galveston Gray with a pop of yellow and a crisp white. Or for a more mellow feel, match up Gray Owl with pale blue and green accents. Either way, don’t be afraid to wander into gray territory!
‘Painting paralysis’ is not just a myth. I’ve come across several clients over the years who had every intention to paint their bedroom/living room/kitchen, etc. if they could only choose a color! It seems that nothing induces a fear of commitment like a huge fan deck with hundreds of colors. Fortunately, there’s an alternative to paint. Enter – the wall decals. They’re a great solution for introducing color into a space 1) on a minimal scale (in terms of surface area) and 2) with the option of removing/replacing at your whim. I’ve used them in my own home with great results. And the products available these days are so well-made, they resemble wallpaper or handmade stencils (i.e., they don’t look like overgrown stickers you plastered on your walls.)
You can add a hint of color with options like those I’ve included in this post (l. to r. – Aztec Diamond by Jonathan Adler for Wall Pops!; Avignon and Samara from Mia and Co available at Etsy.com) or you can go with solid color options (also available from Wall Pops!) to create a different kind of look. Wall decals are definitely an option worth exploring – and they may eventually help you make it over that ‘painting paralysis’ hump. It’s all about making that first step.
Inspiration can come from some unexpected places! This is a photo of a dress I own, which I bought because I was so drawn to the eclectic color combination. When I came across it recently, it occurred to me that these colors aren’t just great for wearing – this could be a great starting point for an interior palette! Imagine an office with teal-colored walls, a large white desk, chartreuse, purple and wooden desk accessories. Or maybe a neutral bathroom with white fixtures, oil-rubbed bronze hardware and a shower curtain based on this palette along with dark wood shelves and light blue towels and mats as accents. The possibilities are endless! I know many people who want to change the look of a room in their home and the first place they look is a paint fan deck. A couple chips in, they’re completely overwhelmed. Just remember – you don’t have to start from scratch or re-invent the [color] wheel. Just look around you – there are plenty palettes right in front of your eyes and textiles are an excellent place to start.