Choosing a Color Palette

Posted by Joel Gwillim on Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 6:30pm.

A lot of people ask about color schemes, how we come up with them and the reason behind the choices. Coming from a resale real estate background, I think the word most synonymous with color success is neutral. Soft toned, neutral palettes typically tend to sell better and are usually more appealing to the eye. We’ve all been told not to go off the deep end when painting, choosing flooring, tile, countertops, etc., which is completely accurate when worrying about the cosmetics for resale down the road. But what if we’re thinking long term, like a “I want this house to feel like me, with my style and my touch” scenario? Is it ok to go a little bold and courageous? Yes and no. I know a lot of individuals that are over dramatic or bright with their personal paint selections. The hard part with this is trying to match other materials with it, without culminating in a rainbow bright, train wreck of a space. Color undoubtedly reflects personality, so it’s easy to get carried away with a particular idea or look. My solution? A soft, forgiving palette to start, for the main walls, and maybe a unique feature wall. Play around with the spectrum to use as your main color and work off the members of its family. Many times we will be inspired by one particular thing like tile, countertop, hardwood, or cabinet colour and we will build our whole design theme from that piece. Then mix in your favorite vibrant colors and shades with accents. Anything from pillows, throws, vases, candles, wall art, mirrors, etc., even wallpaper does the trick. Everyone should know by now how much we adore wallpaper in our redesign projects. If you want to take feature walls even a step further, there are many 3D panel, tile, stone and glass options available that can be stunning and definitely unique. You will want to get any larger style installations done professionally. Less is definitely more with furniture and this also pertains to your main color palette. Kick off your choice delicately and then escalate to other options, accents and items from your personal style.

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Joel Gwillim

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