Hi All! I trust you had a good weekend! We got hit with our first big Nor’Easter since we moved here. For a girl who loves being out in the snow it was magical. Today, I wanted to break from the before tours (you can see them HERE and HERE) and share a bit about what I worked on this weekend. I’m talking about how I came up with the color story for our entire home makeover. It may help you in creating the color story of your home too.
I spent my snowy evenings cooking and enjoying a glass of red by the fire while going over some images from my inspiration vault. I really wanted to nail down the color story of our new home. Before I could even decide on a paint color, I felt like this was of the utmost importance before starting this home makeover. I really believe our homes should tell our story and provide an environment that comforts and is uniquely ‘us’. A big part of this is the color story.
It may seem a bit daunting to try to figure out all the colors before you even start working on a room, but trust me–IT HELPS. This doesn’t mean you will always be stuck with whatever you choose, but it does help you create a unified home. It also helps you visualize how each space marries with the next. That really is half the battle, is it not?
Just like our last house, we’ll be going room by room with this transformation. Which means realistic time frames between projects. Which also means, a world of CONSTANT inspiration to throw me off course! I could be pulled every which way in my design choices. If I’m not careful, I could have a home of many colors that doesn’t feel together when it’s all said and done! Not exactly what I’m going for here.
So, I thought if I shared how I’m choosing my color story for my whole house, maybe it would help you on your way if you are taking on a home makeover of your own.
TIPS FOR CREATING A COLOR STORY FOR YOUR HOME
Here’s my process…
GATHER YOUR INSPIRATION
Start collecting spaces you love…
The first thing I did was go to my Pinterest board that has years of my favorite rooms. Also, I started pinning rooms for some fresher inspiration. Once you have your images gathered, you will probably see some repeats of color. This will help you pinpoint (ha,ha!) your tastes. Trust me, pin enough of the interiors you love and you will start to see a constant theme.
CHOOSE YOUR NEUTRAL FOUNDATIONAL COLORS FIRST
What are the neutrals you want to bring in to unite all the spaces of your home?
I am going a bit more traditional in color with this vintage colonial for many reasons. One, we want it to be a forever home. Two, the home is traditional in style. Three, it’s what I always go back to anyways sooner or later.
Right now, our home is pretty much a blank slate. It has this buttercup cream on the walls that isn’t really doing much for it. I’ll be going to black and white, deep grays, and earthy browns and taupes in every room. Our last home we went with bright whites and light grays but this home needs another layer of warmth so those deeper neutrals will provide that. This doesn’t mean every room will be dark, but every room will have those neutrals in some form or another. These can be the walls, hard surfaces, floor coverings, etc.
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COLORS NEXT
Our last home had softer blush pinks and golds as the pops of color. Knowing it was not going to be our home long-term, it was fun to go more modern with the color. For the first time in years, I feel settled as far as our living situation. Now, I really want to go for what I have loved for years.
So, since I have such a varied but complimentary neutral foundation, it is going to allow me to have a lot of fun with color! Emerald green, reds, pinks, and the occasional blues and pop of purple. You can add them in bold ways or just as a pop of color. I’ll be doing both in the rooms in this home. The key is whatever you see in an adjoining room should be carried to the next in some way. If you have red walls in one room, have the room that can be seen from it have red chairs, or red in the artwork, or some red flowers. Something that makes them unified but not matchy-matchy.
No matter where your tastes lean, this is a good process to help you on your way to creating a solid color story for your home. Once you know the color story it will really help you start creating. Whether you are doing a complete home in a few months or are taking your time room by room like we are–this will keep you centered on your overall design.
For me, this is going to be the most exciting home Dave and I have ever made together. We are taking our time, choosing pieces that are higher quality, and really making a place that we can be happy in together for many years.
I can’t wait to share the decisions I’ve made for the first room we are taking on…our formal living room. Let’s just say it’s going to have a lot of yummy layers.
I’ll be sharing more befores of our home in the weeks ahead and taking you on the new journey of making our family home here in Connecticut. Thank you for all your support and ideas along the way. It’s been fun to hear from all of you.
Until next time…
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