“Where in the world do I start?”. When I am wearing my Interior Designer hat, that is what I often hear from my clients as they try to pull all the elements together in a room. Those who are not designers, or color experts, can find the process of “pulling it all together” an extreme challenge, unaware of the infamous inspiration piece. Does this sound like you? Not to worry. There is an easy rule of thumb to start with when designing an interior room.
Begin with an “inspiration” piece.
What does that mean? It means starting with a piece that either you already have and want to keep, or something that you purchased because you love the style, shape or colors. This can be as simple as a throw pillow or rug. If it is a colorful piece select 2-3 colors in the piece and consistently use those colors throughout the room. But what if your inspiration piece is a neutral color?
I often like to start with neutral colors. You can design a room using all neutral colors but I think that is a little boring, don’t you? So how do you pull it all together when your inspiration piece is a neutral tone?
When starting with neutral colors for the main anchor pieces, like an area rug, sofa, tables, the possibilities are then endless. In this collage, the inspiration piece was the area rug. It has an interesting pattern but is still considered a neutral. The sofa and table are also neutrals. Now comes the fun part, you can introduce color with artwork and accessories! My design board shows a painting with a few accent colors. I incorporated the colors from the painting with some of the accessories.
Neutral Anchor Pieces
If you plan to have neutral anchor pieces you can easily change out the art and accessories to different colors. And presto change-o, you will pull together a whole new look!
You are probably thinking, “That’s easy for you to say”. And you may be right. After being a designer for over 20 years it does come easy for me. My passion for color has made it effortless for me to work with clients turning their rooms into their “happy places”, and “pulling it all together” with colors, continuity, and flow.
If this all seems too much for you to deal with, Combine and Create can help. I provide mini online design consults where I will point you in the right direction to give you the confidence to move forward, for a beautifully designed room. If this is something you would like to explore please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.