So, let's get started!
Warm vs. CoolFor starters, decide whether a warm color palette or a cool color palette is more your style. Your home will have a nice flow to it if you stick with one or the other with coordinating neutrals.
Paint Color CombinationsOnce you have decided on the overall feel you want in your home, it's time to choose a paint color scheme to fit. I have taken some photos of my most commonly specified paint color combinations. You can see below how the color groupings fit either a warm or a cool feel.
|Warm with bold pops of color|
|Warm with soothing amber pop of color|
Cluster Objects in OddsWhat I mean by this is to accessorize your mantles, shelves and bookcases using small clusters of odd numbers. This is a rule that has many many exceptions, but is a good general rule of thumb. A common exception would be when a pair of objects are sold together. In this case you would find a way to use them symmetrically rather than in a cluster. I will explain more about that below.
Symmetry vs. AsymmetryThis is another topic that is simply a matter of preference. When objects are sold in pairs, it is best to decorate with them using symmetry. Symmetry simply means objects are placed in such a way that they seem to be mirror images or have exceptional balance. Here is a perfect example of symmetry from Elle magazine.
Don't Always "Match"Lastly for today, don't make the common furniture-buying mistake of buying the whole room as a set. Stores that sell whole ROOMS are a no-no in my opinion. A room looks more cozy and eclectic when the furniture does NOT match. You did read that right. Stop always matching everything! Even fabrics don't have to match. Coordinate...don't match.
Remember, I did not create all of the spaces above. The images are cited in the captions. The idea behind this post is simply to educate you on some design basics. If you have questions, just ask me!
I hope you create lovely spaces in your home, and that if you are unable to do so...you call upon me to help. I absolutely LOVE design, and it really makes me happy to help create lovely spaces for you.