Interior Design – Tying Colors in your Home Together

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Interior decorator Denise Willard discusses how to tie different colors together in your home,

    Denise Willard

    Denise Willard is the president of Decor by Denise, a full-service interior decorating firm based in Vienna, Virginia. For nearly a decade, Denise and her staff have transformed the homes of clients in the Disctrict of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. With her talent in color selection, space planning, interior arrangement, window treatments and fabric decor, she helps her clients transform their homes from ordinary to extraordinary! The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her transitional design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the south with the flair of the big city. Denise has been professionally trained in all aspects of interior decorating, including the newest trends in redesign and feng shui. In addition, she is a certified real estate staging professional, as designated by Realty Enhancements International. Denise and her staff take a hands-on approach to every project, providing each client the personalized attention he or she deserves. Denise maintains professional memberships and affiliations with the Interior Design Society, Realty Enhancements International, the Interior Arrangement and Design Association, the Washington Design Center, eWomenNetwork, the Interior Design Directory, the Redesign Directory and the Better Business Bureau.

    Hi, I am Denise Willard with Decor by Denise, and today I am here discussing the psychology of color and how best to leverage it as you build out a perfect color palette for your home. Right now what we are going to do is discuss how you can take a palette that you have built for one room and actually leverage it as you move from room to room throughout your house. In order to do that we want to make sure that we create a palette at the end of the day that has some continuity and basically flows throughout each of the rooms. There is a couple of ways to do that. First of all, if you have defined a color palette for your first space, you want to just take that same palette and build upon it maybe with different hues and different saturations of color as you move from room to room. Certainly, if you have used like a yellow in one room, maybe you don't use yellow on the walls in another room, but you bring in the yellow to a fabric. So, you want to vary how you implement the color palette as you move throughout the rooms, so that your eyes have something to look at that's interesting and different versus constantly looking at the same things. So, you want to just make sure that you implement the palette and change it up a bit, but stick to the basic color families that you have already built in the previous space. The other thing that you can do as you move from room to room is pick one or maybe two colors on that overall color palette and make sure that you leverage them in every room. That means that -- and I will show you an example here shortly, that maybe in one room you might use a red that's in a fabric on a window treatment, but in the next room you just use simple red as accent pieces, maybe there is a little vase or some type of plant that has red in it, etcetera. So, you are bringing the red through and carrying it through each of the rooms but in different quantities as you move throughout the space. So, let's look at an example. For one of the clients that I have worked with in the DC area, I helped to develop a palette based on his likes and dislikes. What you will see is that this palette is a very typical traditional palette. It incorporates your reds, your blues, your golden tones, and some of your greens, and a more neutral yellow tone. What you will see in the first photo that I am going to show you here is that what we have done is we have taken a paler version of this blue and actually applied it to the walls and then incorporate all of these other colors via the fabrics that we have used in the window treatments and also in the other pieces of furniture in the space to really pull the whole color palette together. We then taking the same palette then move to the living room, so the first room was our family room off of a kitchen. Now, we are going to take this palette and build upon it as we look toward the living room. So, in the living room what we did is we actually leveraged this more neutral yellow tone on the walls and pulled in a blue tone, but not exactly this deep of a saturation of color in the window treatments and in some of the fabrics that you will see on the throw pillows on the chair. There is actually a rug that's been ordered that you don't see depicted, but it actually pulls in some more of the red, etcetera. You will see a little splash of red in the space and that is actually in a little plant there between the two chairs. So again, we have pulled in the red but in a much smaller quantity. As we then worked our way up the stairs into the master bedroom suite, and what you see is in that space we have really pulled in more of the green, the gold, the red and a little splash of the blue in the rug, in order to pull the whole palette together. So, that's a little bit about how you go from room to room building upon an existing palette that you have already invested time and effort into that you love, but how to mix it up a little bit as you go so that it's interesting and different, but yet has some continuity. So, that's that, now let's talk about some professional resources that you have available to you just in case you get stuck along the way when doing interior design for your home.