Creating a Theme Palette
Sometimes you want more than just nicely painted walls. Sometimes you want something that is unique, something that is exciting or calm or subtle. Creating a theme palette can help you get started to making those special, unique rooms in your home.
A theme palette is a combination of colors that work together to create a beautifully painted and decorated room. Some of the colors can be paint on the walls and the other colors in the palette can be items that you use to decorate the room.
Take your time in creating your palette. Start with the colors that you like. Look around you at nature. What colors do you see together in a plant, the sky, the earth? Look at paintings and fabrics. What works in them to make them beautiful? Do you like the colors in a special pillow or quilt or painting? Use some of those colors to begin your palette. Get pieces of colors and put them by each other and arrange them to see how they look together.
Complimentary colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Examples of these are red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple. You don’t have to use these colors straight, they can be muted or shaded to make them not so bold. Analogous colors are the ones that sit next to each other on the color wheel, like yellow and orange, or blue and purple, or blue and green. Use of these colors shows a striking contrast. They can work well together when they have the same hue or value.
There are warm, cool and neutral colors to choose from. The warm colors are those from yellow to red to violet. The cool colors are the blues to greens. The neutral colors can work together with these to create a beautiful palette. White is the ultimate neutral. It can be used with any color. Gray is also able to be used with either the cool or the warm colors depending on the shade of gray.
You can tone down the primary colors to make them less bright. Orange can be pumpkin, green can be moss or fern or grass, and red can be red grape or rosy plum.
Once you have decided the two to four colors that you like, work with different shades of them to determine what actual colors you want to use in your room. Decide what walls to paint what colors and if you want the top part of the wall one color and the lower part of the wall a different color below a chair rail or wall paper strip. Sometimes you can paint one wall one of the colors and the other ones a different color. You can use your other colors in the furnishings you choose to decorate the room.
Live with your color choices for a while until you are sure that is what you want. Test them out on a wall if you can to see how they look in your particular lighting during the daylight and the evening light. Then, when you like what you have chosen, do it.
You now have your own personal color palette to decorate the room just how you like it.
By Juanita Parisi