Thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, March 19, 2009!
When a client calls me to inquire about a colour consultation, here’s the question they need answered more than anything else: How do you create flow, and how do you transition the colour from one room to another? In addition to this, people want to know why the colour works or why it doesn’t? The process of narrowing down all the possibilities (from over 2,000 colours) to the one that is perfect for you is worth every penny. A professional will give you colour ideas that you never imagined, after all this is what they do every day. The following images illustrate the best way to create flow in your home.
This is a living room I designed for one of my lovely clients Suzanne, two years ago. She recently hired me to complete her den and I met with her last week to finalize the selections. First though, a lesson on creating flow:
Suzanne had this colourful artwork by Vancouver artist Debi MacKinnon (shown above) and which we used for inspiration. She loved all the colours and especially the orange and fuscia, so that’s what we used for the accent colours in her condo. The colour we used as the ‘main wall colour’ in her space was HC-18 Adam’s Gold:
Adam’s Gold is actually a yellow on the green side. And as I tell my students, these greeny yellows mostly just work with bright, jewel tone colours like we used in this space. With bright or rich dramatic colours (such as red or eggplant) using a greeny/yellow keeps the space more sophisticated than if we used a regular warmer, orange based yellow like HC-12 Concord Ivory. We then used a cotton velvet in a slightly darker shade for the sofa.
She loved the bright orange in the art, so we picked an orange from the deck, which was a little too bright so we took it to the paint store with the fabric I had found for the toss cushions and toned it down slightly, so the colour you see above is a custom orange. The closest one we ended up with is 2169-10 Racing Orange.
We selected 2076-10 Crushed Velvet as another accent in her living room (shown in the toss cushions below):
Then we used that same accent in the powder room and hung some artwork that also repeated the colours she already had in her space.
In her bedroom we introduced a lighter shade of purple (than the above flower in the bathroom) while still keeping the colours in the same, fresh colourful palette as her living room.
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