Color 101

Get Color!

1. What is your inspiration?

2. Think of 12 items in your inspiration that fit the twelve slots of the color wheel.

3. Think of a room in your house. What type of atmosphere do you want in that room?

4. Pick a warm or cool color depending on the mood you want to create for your wall color.

5. Consider a second color for flooring, cabinets, ceiling or furniture. Consider where this second color is in relation to the first on the wheel. Does it suit your mood? You can pick two colors in this group. Remember that if the color is opposite on the color wheel (from any of your choices), it will stand out and if it is near your choices on the wheel, it will blend in.

6. Finish with a fun color to accent.

For this room the wall color is a soft but deep green evoking a feel of calm, cool green plants. The second and third colors are seen on the floor and wall panels. The floor introduces a brown which is fairly close to the green, while the white adds a nice contrast and compliments the tub, toilet and sink. The accent in this room is the silver hardware. While at first it seems there is really only one color (green), there is actually a whole color scheme in this simple room.


Jane's Color Advice

Jane's Color Advice 2

Check out these examples of color taken from HGTV's "Rate my Space".


Purple and Brown:

*Review these pictures and see if you can find the 60-30-10 rule in action (Explanation by Mark McCauley, ASID)
When decorating a particular room, divide the colors into percentages:
60% of a dominant color
30% of a secondary color
10% of an accent color
When you think about it, this color breakdown is similar to a man’s business suit:
60% of the outfit's color is the slacks and jacket
30% of the outfit's color is the shirt
10% of the outfit's color is the tie

Translated to a room setting, it typically means:
60% of the room's color is the walls
30% of the room's color is the upholstery
10% of the room's color is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement