Color Baby Steps

When it comes to adding color into your home, most people fall into one of two categories:

1) You like (or even love) color, but aren't sure how to incorporate it into your space.

2) You're scared of color because you're afraid that once it's in your space, you'll hate it and either have to deal with it or shell out tons of moolah to fix it.

Lucky for you, I'm kicking off my color palette series! I'll be walking you through different color palettes - from no color at all to all the colors everywhere. Plus, I'll be sharing tips and tricks for incorporating these color palettes into your own home.

Now that I've introed my color class, I'll start off with the most subtle palette and work my way up. We'll take baby steps - you've got this!

Let's talk about the first color palette - achromatic. In a nutshell, this color palette is the "absence" of color (or at least the ones on the color wheel). You can also refer to it as a neutral color palette.

Think shades of black, grey, white, cream, beige and everything in between.

I know what you must be thinking. "But, Angela...isn't this kind of boring?" To that I say, heck no! Just remember these 3 magic words for keeping an achromatic color palette interesting:

A space that really captures all three of these magic words is the HGTV Urban Oasis house for 2019. Take a look:

The last word I would use to describe this space is boring! It's a beauty. And there are no colors from the color wheel ANYWHERE! (Unless you're counting the greenery.) Let me quickly break it down...

Pattern: The rug, the throw pillows on the sectional, the marble on the end table, and the macramé wall hanging ALL have some cool patterns going on. You can really have fun with this and mix more subtle patterns like a herringbone...

With a more graphic pattern like this Aztec print.

Texture: The macramé wall hanging, the rug, the knitted throw blanket, and the accent chair all provide the space with different textures to keep it interesting. You can have a lot of fun adding cozy throw blankets, pillows and rugs to your space!

Shine: When I say shine, I mean bringing in metal accents. We've got the gold candlesticks, the base of the coffee table, the brass horse on top of the stack of books, and the galvanized metal pot holding the plant on the end table. In this space, the shine is subtle, but still brings visual interest.

This also brings me to another general design tip. You can mix and match your metals! Just like mixing patterns, you can add different types of metals to your space and it will look great.

We did it! We've gotten our toes wet in the world of color and building a beautiful space. Next week, I'll be turning up the notch just a little bit.

Until then...

Happy Designing!

- Angela : )

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