Practical ideas for color matching (or coordinating)

Coordinating a room down to the paint color, furniture, and accessories can be more challenging than we would like and can become overwhelming. Too often people give up before they have begun and end up with very “safe” spaces that do not represent their personalities. Here are some tips on how to get started on gathering color ideas for you space.

Kimberlee Jaynes, a Portland based designer says “I think you can use colors that are in keeping with the geography in which you live, the architecture of your home and most of all PERSONAL CHOICE…I believe the real trend is personalization. When choosing colors think about what color looks good on you. What do you want to feel when you walk through the door? Color defiantly evokes a feeling.”

Picture via Kimberlee Jaynes

For help and an explanation of the emotions colors evoke visit:

“Don’t spend hours trying to match colors exactly. It doesn’t happen in nature, and if you try too hard you’ll end up with an artificial look. One trick designers use often, especially when doing a room from scratch or re-doing a room to make it up-to-date and fresh, is to start with a rug and pull the color choices from there.”

Picture via BlyDesign

Picture via BlyDesign

The rug grounds the room and therefore pulling colors from the rug will make the scheme cohesive. The room will have that pulled-together look without appearing “matchy-matchy” or over-decorated which can look fake or sterile.”

Ultimately, to pull together a room that is going to fit your personal taste you need to choose colors you love. Whether those colors are inspired from clothing or from major accessories you already own, either will offer great starting off points. From there you can start pulling textiles, paint colors, and accessories together. If you choose bright and bold colors add these only as accents, do not have everything screaming for attention.  The rule of thumb to think about is if you have bright walls you’ll want to keep your main pieces of furniture fairly neutral.


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