Lynda was moving into this pretty little house in a new subdivision:
She needed some help with a new colour scheme and was stuck on wall colours. One on-line consultation with me and she had a plan.
Lynda had some existing furniture and artwork she wanted to work with, and she sent me a glimpse of her last house (below). She was not afraid of colour!
Lynda’s previous home
This was the colour of her existing sofa
Pop quiz: what’s the undertone of her sofa?
Well, if you’re looking at a beige anything and you’re not sure, ask yourself:
Is it yellow beige? NO.
Is it pink beige? NO.
Then it must be green beige. If you can’t confidently answer yes to any of the three, pull out swatches of each to compare them side by side. See it now?
Asking those three questions is how I arrived at the main neutral we needed to use for her walls, and it’s what you should do, too. The first place to look is at the biggest pieces of colour in the room: drapery, furniture, and carpet. (Sometimes, the colour of wall-to-wall carpeting is so dominating that you have no other choice but to work with it.)
Armed with green beige as our main neutral, Lynda and I moved on to choosing some fun colours for her. On the left are the winners, alongside the red area rug I found, and her existing artwork on the right:
This turquoise-and-red pillow was the perfect accent:
Dining Room: After
Here’s a before shot of the living room:
The entryway, before:
I love the playful bird wallpaper she found as an accent for the entry! Here are the details: York Wallcovering, Book: Bistro 750 totalwallcovering.com
Here’s what Lynda said about our consultation:
“I have moved three times since 2002 and had been using my favourite BM Historical colours each time and I knew I wanted a change.I had so many ideas floating around in my head that I wasn’t sure where to start. I was amazed that you were able to choose the main wall colour so quickly from a picture of my couch. I knew I wanted to work in my red cabinet, new couch and Oliver Gal picture. Your suggestions for the main wall colour, area rug, pillows and coffee table got me focused and from that point forward I knew what I wanted.Thank you so much for your help.” Lynda O.
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact us! We would love to help you choose colours, select the right combination of hard finishes or create a plan to pull your room together. You can find our fabulous e-design consultation packages here.