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Love Color: How To Use This Book
Color inspiration is all around you; it’s just knowing where to look for it and how to record it. In today’s world most of us are afforded the luxury of having a camera in our handbag or pocket. Photograph things that appeal to you. The particular grey of an old stone wall might catch your eye, or you might gravitate towards a lampshade you spy in a restaurant, or you might simply love the colors in your best friend’s kitchen.
Choosing the best colors for you and your interior scheme can be a difficult task, given the seemingly endless array of ideas and inspiration available. It is important to recognize and acknowledge your own favorite colors and styles, and hold on to your vision, even when you are bombarded with paint shade cards, fabric swatches, style guides and other people’s opinions.
Define Your Own Style
We each see color in our own unique and personal way, and we are all affected by color differently. However, many of us struggle to identify our own style when it comes to decorating our homes. It is so easy to be overwhelmed by choice and decorating a home is such a big investment that we don’t want to get it wrong.
Collected images and physical objects create not only a visual impression of a color, but also a tactility, a surface or a feeling we associate with that color. Often our color inspirations are material inspirations as well; consider the surfaces and textures of your objects, and the materials they are made from.
Mood & Emotion
Choosing the right colors to suit you and your emotional well being can have a positive effect on the way you feel and the way you live at home. It has been proven that colors really do affect the mood of a space, and every color ignites a unique and emotional response in the viewer.
Calm & Pale
By introducing calming colours and soft textures into our living spaces, we can completely alter the ambiance in our homes; a bedroom becomes a comforting haven full of deep sleep and good dreams; the bathroom is transformed from a simple place to wash to your very own at-home wellness spa.
Dark & Saturated
It is a misconception that decorating with dark colors can make a space look small and gloomy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clever use of dark colors can create a bold and striking space filled with drama. Take inspiration from the interiors of gentlemen’s clubs, underground secret dining dens and lavish Victorian ladies’ salons.
Bright Pops Of Color
Bright colors can be like a blast of vitality, a vitamin boost to the senses. Bright yellow is akin to sunshine and can literally make us feel happy. Oranges and pinks are the get-up-and-go colors that motivate and enhance the spirit. However, bright colors may not be ideal for every room in your home.