Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Color Scheme - Step by Step

  My first love when starting to develop a color scheme is a really neutral background.  Remember, neutral doesn't have to be a shade of white.  My neutral is a shade of beige with a camel undertone, so it looks warm and bright, not dull.  If you are trying to find a color scheme for your room, be true to yourself and stick with your all time favorite colors, just use some of the trendy colors for your accents if they aren't your favorites.  I really like  a lot of colors, but my all time forever favorites are chocolate, camel, caramel, gold and cream.  I like to add a little burn orange, rust and green to the mix once in a while, but basically just in accessories or accents.

My family room is currently done in my favorite colors and it just makes me happy every time I walk in. The walls are painted a very pale beige with a tiny bit of a camel undertone.  The drapes are camel plaid on the top and camel and cream stripe on the bottom, and the carpet is a neutral beige.  These colors seem happy to me and restful all at the same time.  These are the colors I can live with day in and day out.

Now I do like bright orange as you can see, however in small does in accessories and for seasonal decorating.   See, this still has my same camel, brown and cream.  The burnt orange is just a great accent.

For Christmas this room was easy to change just by adding green and red pillows.  

This time the chocolate and green become the accents.  Notice how I add more of these colors with the rest of the accessories.

The aqua that I used in the living room, works beautifully in here for a softer color scheme.

 Add one pop of orange in a pillow and it spices things up a bit.  (I would also add some orange in the other accessories too, but this was just to show you some examples.)

 I don't have a lot of navy or blue, but you can see how perfectly this would work too.

Neutral doesn't have to be white or boring beige, just any soft background that a ton of colors work well with.  I can also see Purple, Cranberry, Black and any number of colors in here.  Start with a neutral background, maybe even a lovely gray, and then use the colors that speak to you, and especially the ones that make you smile every time you walk into the room.

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  1. I love this room! Your colors are so warm and it is wonderful that you can change things up with so many different color options.

  2. Very nice post, Marty! I have always been a color on the walls kinda girl but lately I find myself wanting to go neutral. You make great sense! Do you know the name of the paint color on your walls? Thank you for sharing!~~Angela

    1. Yes, the wall color is Valspar Fioli Antique Lace. I hope you take a look at it, really a pretty color.

  3. This is a wonderful post Marty! Words to live by....choose what you love. Your rooms always look fabulous. And btw, that navy touch was especially lovely. Jane

  4. Hi Marty, your room is so pretty.Its so warm and cozy,..I love your colors.Thanks for all the tips.happy Easter! Denise

  5. You can use any color accessories with your neutral backdrop. Pretty pretty.

  6. I love how versatile this room is! It looks great!!!

  7. This room really is a great canvas for sprinkling in a few accent colors. It always looks cozy and comfortable, yet sophisticated and classy. I like all your "details".


  8. This is exactly what I hope to do. Your living room is beautiful. Each time you changed the accessories, the room took on a different personality, all pleasing to the eye. Have a blessed Easter!

  9. Your room is so warm and inviting. I love starting with a neutral background too, in the same colors that you prefer. I'm currently working on changing out the accessories for spring. I think I might need to do a little shopping. ;)

  10. Marty your detail to decorating puts mine to shame. You have so much energy to put into it so often. I need a rest before I start my spring cleaning.

  11. I love a room that you can change with just a few accessories for every season. You have done a marvelous job of that Marty and I can see why your room makes you smile.

  12. I've been liking a neutral background myself since we've moved, Marty. My old house had a lot of color {I mean, a lot!} and it was a nice change when we moved to come into a place with neutral walls. I am enjoying bringing my color in with pillows, throws, wall decor and other accessories. We are hoping to pain this year and I am going to stay with the neutral color but maybe go a shade darker.

  13. Very intersting post and the room is always pretty whatever accent colour you choose.

  14. Your family room looks very warm and welcoming, Marty.


  15. A beautiful room to relax...everything in the room looks pretty...earthy tones always add charm to the decor...Happy Easter to you...:):)

  16. Anyway you do your living room Marty, it looks perfectly gorgeous! What a coincidence, I will be posting about my living room thru the seasons (and colors) on Sunday!

  17. Marty,
    I love, LOVE, L O V E how you change your accessories to create a whole new look!!!
    Couldn't pick a favorite! I LOVE them all!!!
    You inspire me to try to switch my pillows and throws more often!
    Thank you, dear friend!!!

  18. I completely agree with you, Marty ... a neutral backdrop is perfect for being able to add any accent color you're in the mood to add. Your current color palette is beautiful and works beautifully together! I love seeing your lovely pops of coral ... your living room is gorgeous, as always!

  19. I love a neutral backdrop too Marty, it gives us the opportunity to change things up more often and add pretty accent colors! Your family room always looks so pretty!

  20. I love neutrals for this very reason. Your room looks beautiful in every shot! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


  21. Love neutrals - I may lean that way in the future - every room in our house is a different color - the whole rainbow of colors, but I seem to be leaning to neutrals - who knows - you are right - you should be true to yourself - wonderful post - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  22. Love seeing all the different looks!