Updated: Feb 28, 2020
Coming Through With Flying Colors
Did you know that the first thing that hits you when you walk into a room is its color?
Before anything else is able to register in your head about a room, your brain reads the color. The most dominant color is what you will see first. The way the color is read by the brain instantly creates a mood. The psychology of color, albeit subtle, is very important to how you feel within a space or environment, which is why we use colors from nature because they create a calming, nurturing atmosphere.
Creating a color scheme is one of the first things you are going to do for your design.
You'll need to know what colors you'll be using before you pick out flooring and other surfaces within your new place. You'll need to be able to make those choices based on a complete picture of what hues you will be fitting into that space. If, for instance, when you get to the accessories layer and you decide the tile on the fireplace surround would look better if it matched one of the colors in your new rug, you can still make that choice, because you are still in the planning stages of your design.
Thinking ahead and having a solid plan from the get-go is essential!
Creating a color scheme ahead of time allows you to come up with a design that is creative, cohesive, and beautiful. It will also allow you to make creative and bold choices. This is one of the key ways designers create such beautiful spaces.
I am going to show you that by choosing your products and having all of your plans in place before you do anything else is how you achieve a better, well-designed home for your family.
How To Start
There are two ways I like to begin planning. I either start with looking at paint colors or fabric. If, for instance, I know that the window treatments are going to be a big part of the plan, then I start with the fabric. I will put several fabrics together to create a nice well-rounded color scheme and to generate some ideas. And then I can choose my paint colors based on those choices.
One of the nice things about the kind of fabric that is created for home décor is that the manufacturers create “colorways” for you. This means that they have a wide variety of fabrics to choose from within a specific color range that is formulated to go together. They all have the same tone so that they don’t clash, and they make you look like a pro. It's a very useful way to put a color scheme together since it takes some of the guesswork out of it.
Most of the time, the furniture showroom will have a room with hundreds of samples of designer fabrics. Feel free to wander in and view the world of colors and textures! I encourage you to check them out (like a library book) so that you can take them home and look at them with your other furnishings and lighting.