Color drives a lot of what we do as interior designers and is a starting point in a lot of conversations we have with clients. I learn from them what it is that inspires, hones, and shapes their way of living. And it’s within these conversations, when swatches start swirling around the table, where we land on a color palate. This palate will drive everything that we do and the decisions we make about texture, size, shape and location of specific pieces. It can influence the type of art we display to the viening in countertop slabs. Here is our process.
Even when my designs boast my unconditional love for one our planet’s most sacred elements, water, I will rely on neutrals to lay a foundation that correctly displays my most favorite cobalts, royals, and navys.
We have our warm neutrals: beiges, taupes, creams, blushes, and warm whites and our cool neutrals: grays, blacks, and cool whites. Within these five hues, a multitude of different tints, tones and shades exist. I will typically use these neutral colors in my selections of flooring, cabinetry, tile work, drapery, and furniture.
When this foundation is laid, I will infuse my design with pops of color here or there…or everywhere. Throw pillows, accent lights, wall elements, linens, and rug selections are typically where you will see vibrancy gradually start to play its role within the design of a room or house.
When all is said and done, the selections are made, and the styling is settled on, your project should have the perfect mix of neutrals and vibrant colors that successfully incorporate style, function, and timelessness.