Thursday, August 1, 2013

How To Create A New Color Scheme

Ok, you guys all know that I change my color scheme in the living room about every 15 minutes (exaggeration), but I do change it a lot.  I love having a neutral base and a few pillows and accessories can do wonders to change things up for a totally different look.

This is what my living room has looked like for a while now.  I think a change would be nice.

I found several fabrics at the discount fabric store that I think might work.  You only need 1/2 yd for two pillow fronts, so you can buy several different fabrics and then play with them to see how they would work.  Most of these were $7.95 yd, so $4 for 1/2 yd.  That's thrifty enough to play.
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First, I layed a white tablecloth over my current table, I need a neutral backdrop.

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I just drape pieces of fabric over pillow forms so I can get an idea of how the colors and patterns go together.   The picture doesn't do this combination justice.  I actually like the check with the floral.  Maybe I can find a green check.

This combination is ok, but the green pillow and the circle fabric aren't the same green and actually they clash a little.  It's ok with the floral, but not the green solid pillow
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 These are actually really pretty together in real life, but not as summery as I would like.
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 Now this combination is really bright and cheery.  With the right accessories, this could be fun and definitely look like summer.  (Can you tell I am hot and just want something bright, cheery and fresh looking.)

I bought several fabrics for a new fall look too, we'll have to play with those another day.  I did finally create three different looks that work, I'll show you all of them when I'm done.  Stay tuned.

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  1. So that's your secret! Great idea Marty! Love the last combination the most!

  2. I really like the first combo...can't wait to see what you do and to see your fall fabrics too!


  3. Beautiful fabrics! The floral is an absolute MUST!! Love it!!

  4. Marty,
    Bright, cheery and refreshing hues for new pillow covers, indeed!!!
    That green and brown floral is one I've seen in Ballad Designs catalog,
    but couldn't afford their price for our back deck!
    I'll be back soon to see which ones you settled with and I'll admit,
    I'm anxious to begin bringing in hues of Autumn!!!

  5. Apple green is one of my favorites! Can't wait to see what you do with that new sewing machine.

  6. I love all of the combos! What a great way to 'test drive' the new color schemes!

  7. I like the first combo best for some reason!

  8. Pretty shades of green....can't wait for the reveal!!

  9. Marty, I love them all; you are so great at putting patterns and colors together...see, I'm just not good at this and you have given me such inspiration on how to go about it. I like the pretty flower pillow you have. Thanks for sharing. Big hugs,

  10. I really love the first and last combos...curious to see what you decide! ;)

  11. Marty, I love your mixing and matching of fabrics, that is one of my favorite things to do!

    I like the combination in picture number three, and agree that a green check would be perfect.

    I had to laugh when I saw your last picture. The green and white geometric is the fabric that I used for my pillow post! Love that fabric!

  12. I like the first and third. Even though the first is not perfect one of the fabrics has both greens which makes it interesting and playful, but in a more formal space such as yours I agree that the third is best in this particular series.

  13. Oh Marty, you always have such a knack for picking pretty fabric combos! Combo number 1 is my favorite, but am anxious to see what ends up working best for you. I know it will be stunning! Jane

  14. I love the addition of green to your room. The last 2 are both so fun, one is summery and the other would look great in the fall. Have fun!

  15. I love the green you chose. Very fun and bright. Pillows are a great way to add a different color or look to a room. I love changing mine up for the seasons.

  16. You have such an eye to combine different fabrics.

  17. Marty, these are fabulous... I love the colors and especially the floral print :) Cant wait to see how it all comes together!

  18. New sewing machine??? Did I miss that post? Would love to hear all about it. I love the last combination, then the first. Good luck on your choices.

  19. Love the fabrics you chose...especially the crisp and fresh looking...


  20. All very pretty, Marty. I really am looking forward to your Fall decor though. :)

  21. In my head, my living room sofa looks just like yours.
    In reality, it looks like someone traveled back in time to the '90s and brought back a sofa souvenir. If I ever get the new one I want, I'm going to be a lean, mean, color changing machine.

    Just. Like. You.

  22. Marty you make me smile. I love the way you walk us through your process. Can't wait to see your new pillows created. xo P.S. I hope you will share this post at the hop

    1. Thank you for sharing at the hop I featured you on facebook xo

  23. Love these fabrics!! Oh what a fun way to change things up! Thanks for sharing at TTF this week.


  24. I love all those fabrics ... the floral is just lovely:)

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