When trying to figure out how to choose paint colors for your home, anything can be your inspiration. For example, a walk outside your front door or even your pets. I have talked about using feng shui for color inspiration to fast track your career in a previous blog post here.
Working from home makes you aware of problem spots. For instance, you may not have paid attention in the past because you weren’t around as much for it to bother you. Now that you’re home you start to notice the little things.
You want a change that feels uplifting and happy because working in a space that inspires you makes you more productive. Plus your living environment makes a difference in how you feel each day.
I have worked both outside and inside my home. I know that making a few changes in your office can change the entire mood of a room and how you feel while you are working there.
Before I started my design business, I owned and operated a children’s daycare center. At first my office was utilitarian and plain. I used what I had. When I first opened, my focus was on the children and making sure they felt happy and secure in the new environment.
After a few years, I changed everything in my office. I put in new flooring and baseboards. Then I painted the walls and changed the desk for one I had at home. A new area rug, a table lamp, a little organization, and I had a completely new office.
The only problem? I had more visitors coming to my office and they loved it so much they always wanted to stay and talk. Visitors felt comfortable and welcome in the new space. A good “problem.” This is what interior design can do for you.
So, let’s talk about how to choose paint colors. My last blog post on color palettes here focused on adding color to your neutral rooms. This time, I was walking outside and took pictures of the spring flowers and my pets for inspiration.
I chose four of the pictures I took for this post and in another post I will show you more. The first image is of the outside of my house with the bouganvilla blooming next to it. I took color inspiration from the house, the sky and plants. I can see this color palette in your living room home office, or even a bedroom. The brown for the hard furniture, the grays for the walls and trim, and the green and pinks for your fabrics and accessories.
The second color palette is based on some berries I saw walking through the back part of our property. Red is coming back as a popular color in interiors. You can use this palette in your office or in your kitchen with white cabinets and a dark stained walnut island. Paint the walls with the green or red.
In the background of this color palette, you can see the old horse barn we have plus the yellow flower from the huisache. A more neutral palette with a bright touch of color in the yellow. I would love to see you paint the walls in the dark green and use the yellow in the fabrics. This would make a dramatic statement in your dining room. It would also give your home office the feel of an English library.
This last color palette is my favorite. Our gelding, Sundance is the inspiration. Recently, I helped a client choose the color palette for the exterior of their dental office and we used a lighter version of the clay for the walls with a charcoal gray for the trim.
Walls in the earthy clay or charcoal gray would be elegant and work well in a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light. If you dare, you could paint the walls black. If you do that, the black walls will recede and cause the rest of the colors in your fabrics, furniture, and accessories to stand out.
When you want to know how to choose paint colors for your home or business, asking Diva by Design or your local interior designer is a good choice. We have trained to match and blend color in different mediums. Art, fabrics, hard materials, etc.
Most designers have paint color consultation services and now we do them online. You can see our paint color consultation services here.
As you can see, inspiration can come from anywhere. Paint the walls, or buy new accessories. Make a plan and carry it out a little at a time. You will feel better, and you will take that out into the world with you. Don’t let overwhelm set in and keep you from making changes in your home. You can start small and with each change, you will find your mood lighten and brighten along with your home.
Many people want a beautifully furnished home, but don’t have time to figure out every small detail. Christina Rodriguez of Diva by Design guides you through the process of creating a perfectly planned, personalized, and pulled together space. This way you can relax stress-free in your fully finished home or office. Let us take care of the details so you don’t have to!
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Lovely color schemes here!
Thank you, Carla!
I love how you used your horse as inspiration for a neutral color palette, Christina. Nature and her animals provide an endless well of color possibilities for us, but it’s nice to have an expert like you to help us make the right choices for our homes.
Thank you, Leslie! I have another surprise in my next blog post regarding that color palette.
Beautiful color palettes and love how you came up with one using your horse. Brilliant.
Thank you Mary Ann! I love my horses and why not use them for inspiration?
Christina, I love how you have used nature as inspirations for your color palettes. I believe you have created something for everyone!
I appreciate that, Sheri! I hope readers are inspired to add color to their homes.
I love the palettes you’ve put together!
Thank you, Carla!
Such useful color palettes! It was such a treat yesterday as three people were walking horses 🐎 down our street! All the neighbors came out to watch.
I love that! We haven’t ridden in a while. When we do, the neighborhood kids love to come out to see the horses.
Fantastic! Look at that sophisticated Sundance!
Thank you! His eight birthday was Saturday and now he’s memorialized in color and design.
Love these tones inspired by nature! Thank you for the ideas Christina!
Thank you, Suzi!
I love creating colour palettes like these, yours are so pretty with the beauty of nature! Well done Christina, lots of inspiration for colour enthusiasts here!
Thank you, Claire! Anything to do with color makes me happy.