Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 3: Finding Color Inspiration

Hi there! Continuing on with my 31 day series, 31 Days to Transform the Heart of Your home. To catch up, go to the original post where you will find links for each post in the series.

Yesterday, I showed you where our kitchen and family room started when we first moved in and what we had done up until this point.

Today I'm sharing where I came up with the color inspiration--since we were about to tackle a very large, very red wall.

Typically, when choosing colors, I look for inspiration. That can come in many different forms---a rug, art, a pillow, fabric, the list goes on. In this particular case I already had in my head that I wanted to paint the walls a coastal kind of blue. However, there are A LOT of shades of blue out there and I wasn't sure exactly which one I wanted. And, the rest of my house is painted in warm hues and I wanted to make sure I could add blue without throwing everything else off--at least until I decide to tackle other rooms. :)

So, I went to my favorite online "go to", Pinterest and started looking for color schemes involving an aqua-y blue and warmer colors such as reds, yellows, and browns.

And guess what? I found my inspiration!

Here was one color combo that I found and liked ,
(couldn't find a source)

As well as this,

and this.

Now that I had my inspiration, I had to figure out my blue. So I researched that as well. I like to stick with Benjamin Moore paints as much as possible, just because it is good paint, and I trust their colors and opinions. 

After doing my research, I narrowed it down to 4 blues. I now know to get samples when trying a new color, because what looks good on a sample or in a store, can look TOTALLY different on your wall.

Here are my four colors up on the wall. And yes, they looked totally different up on the wall---especially my dark RED wall.

(Although the red really throws things off, I knew I didn't really want a grey blue, so the 2 on the left were out.)

The other 2 were on the same paint swatch so it was just a matter of how light or dark. So I compared my colors next to my white cabinets and the Crisp Khaki wall in the family room and decided on the color in the middle, Wythe Blue (by Benjamin Moore). Whew! Decision made!

But....before I took the plunge and painted all the red, I went searching for fabrics that would help bring in the other colors I had going on throughout my home.

Here are several I found through Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics.
Jackpot! I was ready to move forward!!

Now that decisions have been made, make sure you tune in tomorrow where I show you  the paint up on the wall (as well as the necessary prep that makes things SO much easier in the long run)!!!

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  1. All the fabrics are gorgeous and I am especially loving the first fabric swatch! It brings all the colors together perfectly! Can't wait to see what it turns out like!

  2. Thanks Jamie! I'm excited to show how it's coming together!

  3. Love the colors! Can't wait to see it finished!



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