Interior Design 101: Choosing Colors

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! Now if you remember last week, I posted all about Interior Design 101: An Introduction here, so today we’re moving forward to teach you the next step in home decor basics: colors!

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Try It Out
Check magazines or websites (Pinterest, Houzz, etc.) on different color palettes and try to imagine how they would look like in your room. You can also buy actual swatches and place them against surfaces to have a more solid idea of how they will turn out. Fabrics can also be an alternative if you are dealing with patterns or more elaborate styles.


For Small Spaces
Now it all depends on personal taste and preference, but if you live in smaller rooms, some designers believe that you shouldn’t use white as your base color. White has always been known to give the illusion of more space, but interior designer John Loecke believes the opposite. “There’s no truth that white makes small spaces look larger. It makes you notice how small they really are. Rather, I prefer color, and the darker the colors the better the walls visually melt.”


Use Other Guides
While swatches are helpful in visualizing your ideas, simple, everyday items such as displays, furniture, ceramics, and plants can also help you materialize all the colors you plan to use. You can either use them as your base or accents, but actual sources of color in a room can help you plan your designs out on a larger scale.

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Feeling inspired yet? You’ll be pleased to know that there’s more to come! There are many layers to interior design, so stick around if you want to learn more. Stay tuned for more updates on this series!

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