Imitating Art: Color Palettes from Paintings
Borrow the eye of an artist when choosing paint colors for your home
Looking to refresh your home with a new color scheme, but don’t know where to start? Here's a trick that will help: Swipe the colors from a painting. Talented artists know how to compose colors beautifully, so using those colors as guidance is an easy way to find a palette that will work. I've gathered five paintings with alluring color palettes and paired them with five rooms that incorporate their combinations to show you how.
Classic glamour. Towers of rich colors demonstrate the contrast and beauty of their combination. A dark turquoise injects some brio into the palette.
That turquoise shade I mentioned is used lightly in this living room, where brown and white dominate. All of the other colors give substance and dimension to this space.
Citrus charm. This painting shows the colors of the sea and the colors of the country; blue and green always look great together. It's a fresh combination that's also soothing.
Various shades of blue and green imitate the color palette of the painting, creating a casual and pleasing ambiance. When taking cues from paintings, do not limit yourself to its exact shades; consider the same colors in lighter and darker hues.
Candy colored. This painting is bursting with delicious shades of pink and orange. The use of white indicates that a lighter color needs to be present to let the bright ones shine.
When the bright colors from the painting are used in a room, white keeps things balanced while deep shades of orange and pink bring personality and style.
Updated classic. Add warmth and liveliness with a combination of brown and orange, two hues that complement each other in this beautiful painting. There are two shades of orange here: a very bright one at the bottom and a much lighter one in the middle. The white hue at the top gives clarity and balance to the painting.
Orange is used as an accent shade in this exotic room while white is found in simple bedding and a rug. Shades of brown anchor the look. Remember, you can always change accent colors for a whole new feel without spending a lot.
Modern pink. Pink and gray collide beautifully thanks to the white trim. There are two shades of gray here with pink taking center stage.
A little pink goes a long way in this modern living room. As in the painting, there are various shades of gray, white creates a trimming effect and pink appears in delicate accessories and beautiful flowers.
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Ideabook updated on Oct. 22, 2011.
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