Color Class is in Session...

A while ago, I reached out to my friends on Facebook to see what kind of content they would like to see me write about. My former colleague said that he needs help with knowing what colors go together.

This got me thinking about my own color evolution. My family and I have moved several times and it seems like every time we moved was the perfect time to get new bathroom towels. When we lived with my in-laws, our color scheme was dark grey and sea green.

A couple years later, when we moved out of their house and into a rental home in NH, our color scheme shifted to beige/khaki and light blue. We brought these towels our current house almost 4 years ago. They stayed in our one bathroom until we added a second bathroom downstairs 2 1/2 years ago.

I didn't want the stress of laundry and sorting between "upstairs" and "downstairs" bathroom towels. (I don't like doing laundry in general, but that's another story for another day...) I knew that when designing our downstairs bathroom, I wanted it to be neutral since my son would be using it and he's a growing boy. Neutrals will never go out of style! So, I decided on white towels all around.

In case you're wondering, I still have some of my older towels. I have a dog and an almost 12-year-old. Big messes happen!

My cute little mess makers...

So, back to helping out my former colleague (and anyone else out there afraid of picking out colors that don't merry well together). Color Theory is something I love and enjoy. Quite frankly, I could teach an 8-week class on it. With this in mind, I'm kicking off a series on different color palettes and how to incorporate them into your own home design.

Before diving into designing a room and selecting your color palette, there are a few things to consider:

1) How do you want your room to feel when you step inside it?

Certain colors can make you feel a certain way. For example, when you go into a hospital or doctor's office, you're generally met with a soft palette of pale greens and blues. Why? Shades of green and blue tend to make us feel calm and peaceful.

To help get some thoughts rolling on how you want your room to feel, here's a quick infographic with different emotions and corresponding colors:

2) What is the size of your space?

Colors have a funny way of tricking our eye into altering our perceived size of a space. A general rule of thumb is that darker colors make a space seem smaller, while lighter colors make a space feel larger.

This isn't to say that you can't paint a darker color in a smaller space - you totally can! It can make the room feel more cozy and intimate and not like the walls are closing in on you.

Take this bathroom for example. It's clearly a tiny space. But the dark midnight blue color on the walls is, dare I say it, kind of sexy. What helps it from feeling claustrophobic is the light colored sink, the white toilet, and the tile. It gives your eyes different places to look at and focus on.

3) What kind of color scheme do you want?

There are a number of color schemes based around the good old color wheel (remember from elementary school art class?) that have a knack of going together, and going together well.

But we'll dive into some of those next time. Until then...

Happy Designing!

- Angela :)

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