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How To Pick The Best Colors for Your Home (Part 2)

To continue our investigation of picking wall colors for your home, I want to share a couple of other helpful tips.

START WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL PALETTE

Pull two or three colors from a favorite painting, photograph or piece of clothing….. something that really resonates with you. Match these colors to samples at a paint store or have your interior designer match them for you. This can be your inspirational palette.

MAKE AN OVERALL PLAN

To often, people make the mistake of selecting too many colors, thinking they need to paint each room a different color. This can result in a piecemeal look that chops up the visual flow of an interior.

Instead, if you use your inspirational palette as the basis of your color choices, you can vary the hues and tones of these colors to create a smooth transition from space to space. The result – a more cohesive look to your home.

TRUST YOURSELF

The most important part of selecting your colors is to trust your gut instinct. Response to color is very visceral and you will know deep within you if a color resonates with you or not. A good designer will not tell you what color to paint your walls, they will guide you to the colors that will suit you best. Trust your instincts and you will be happy with the colors you choose.

 

Point of View

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One of the most important qualities architecture can give us is a point of view. Windows frame our everyday world and give us an essential connection with Nature.

On a trip to Austria a few years ago, my husband and I stayed in a lovely 1800’s hotel on the village square in Hallstatt. Each morning we would look out the window across the cobbled square to view the morning rituals of the town locals. Merchants opening their shops with familiar routines that seemed to shape their lives in remarkably comfortable ways. A stray dog sniffing about to see what was new from the day before. Children running to school.

All were entertaining to watch but the most intriguing was the sight of an elderly man. Every morning he sat at the same window, in the same position gazing out to the lake. His countenance was gentle and soft as he sat motionless, totally engaged in his observance. His arm rested on the sill with such grace, they seemed to embrace each other like good friends.

I wanted to see what he saw. I tried to imagine what his point of view was, but could not fully grasp it. When I watched him, I felt a calmness come over me. Each morning I found myself thanking him for these shared moments.

I think of that gentle man often when I catch myself gazing out my window, with a softness that offers me a moment to just observe with appreciation.