Learning how to add that “Color Pop”

I am like a kid on Christmas morning lately because of the pure excitement I have for our new space. For as long as I can remember I have looked forward to putting together a space and am giddy unable to sleep at times excited about this. I know it sounds a little crazy and I keep talking about it but work has predominantly been quoting lately so I do not have any work right now to show so this has been my outlet and focus since quoting is not my strong suite… someday I will have someone who loves to quote working for me.

That being said one of my favorite things about any kind of design is the use of color in a space. In simple understanding of a great color palette you have one color that so to speak “pops” and does the job of pulling all the colors together. I could go on and on…my favorite class in college was Color Theory…but I think that color is probably one of the hardest parts of design because it is easy to do everything in earth tones and it flow together but to add a splash of high chroma orange amongst cool earth tones can be a very difficult task. That is why we take note of those who have done it well. Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy are great blogs that offer a lot of ideas with this exact thing so I thought I would drop in some great examples to get your mind working. 

To successfully apply a color to a room you must work to create a palette. You can do this with paint chips (they are free), a pantone book, or if you have access to Photoshop or Illustrator. I always start with a great natural color and you may think why would do this…yes white is just white and khaki is khaki but this natural will set the color temperature for the whole room. Yeah it is a major choice and a lot of times this will also be a predominant color in your design (especially in a room). For instance you can choose a white that leans close to a blue or purple slightly and thus I will follow suit with a soft green blue and a red that has cool blue hues and a cool brown. Yes you can have a normally warm tone (aka red) pull towards a cool tone without losing its hue. Once you have a color palette you can now choose your bright color that will add that pop which will create a visual interest and cohesiveness. In this case I would choose a yellowy orange color or a bright chartreuse green depending on the kind of room it was. Don’t be afraid just make sure the colors feel cohesive.

Check out some of the examples below for ideas on beginning your palette.

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