Color Ideas for Commitment-Phobes
Safe Ways to Create Your Own Unique Palette for Any Room
Houzz contributor & founder/ principal designer at KitchenLab | Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors. We're a Chicago based interiors firm specializing in kitchens & baths – the rooms which often begin as the focal point of many of the projects we design & manage. We create a link for our clients between the design process & the construction process which is often missing & we offer tailored interior design services for adjacent rooms or whole houses depending on the scope of the project. We love to mix styles and make our spaces feel like they "grew there" and were collected over time. We also offer e-decorating services through our company Design in a Bag. Visit me at http://kitchenlabdesign.com http://designinabag.com Our work has been featured in Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine, Dream Kitchens,...
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I don't know about you, but I struggle with a split personality when it comes to design. I love the calming feel of a neutral palette, all subtle hues and textures. But I also love color, and I'm often afraid to take the plunge for fear that I might get sick of it and then have to suffer buyer's remorse, or worse, have to repaint. Here are some ways you get your cake and eat it too.
Even though all you might see are these fabulous orange-pink chairs, this is really an all-white room.
This room is a favorite of Houzz contributors and for good reason: The perfect balance of a mostly gray palette accented with the yellow sofa and orange toned wood top make me want to move in, tomorrow.
The beige rug, navy/black wall, white trim and beige curtains give this room a neutral base. Add some rust and dusty lavender and you have a truly unique palette.
Again, all white and beige except for the punchy wall color and pink chair. The human eye reads green as a neutral. If it weren't for the pink chair, this room would read completely different. One chair can do that!
Browns, creams, blacks, whites — and then that one bit of blue. Again, one chair can do that. The pink flowers won't last, so no worries about commitment there.
I just love gray; can't get enough of it. With the complementary colors of the orange flowers against the blue chairs this room looks like a colorful room. It's all about accents.
Rich brown with the contrast of pinkish red. That little bench could be reupholstered in an afternoon if you decided to change the palette.
It's hard to believe, but this room is completely neutral if you take away the bed cover and the pillows.
This kitchen table could be painted a dozen times over the years, completely changing the look of this space. A few accent pillows to tie it all together, but this is still a basically neutral room.
One purple light fixture takes this foyer from safe to fabulous.
Have I mentioned the one-chair trick?
Ideabook updated on Nov. 9, 2012.
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