A Perfect Paint Palette: Surrounding Color

Written by Cara Hunt on March 10, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Lost for color inspiration? We generally surround ourselves in the colors that we love, from the clothes we wear, the furnishings in our homes, to the flowers in our gardens. Selection of color plays a role in most purchases we make. Whether it is a conscious decision or not, we choose colors that we like as an individual.

Everybody has varying ideas of what colors look best in their homes, and for the most part your personal color preferences should feature throughout your home, as they do in your day-to-day life.

I have been documenting my surroundings (which will hopefully be a welcome visual break from winter!) to create mini color palettes. If you are wanting to inject some color into your own home and are feeling a little overwhelmed by color choices, this exercise can be a good tool for identifying which colors you like separately and paired together. It can help weed out the colors you are not drawn to and hone in on the colors that appeal to you.

A couple of websites worth checking out for color inspiration:

  • Plenty of Color An amazing online library of color in places, spaces and palettes
  • Design Seeds Great resource for existing color palettes, which also allow you to search by an individual color for further color pairing inspiration
  • Pantone Expert color forecasters. Website features an interesting history of color spanning the past 50 years and how color reads in branding and advertising
  • Pinterest A good place to start if you have a color(s) in mind and want to visualize how it might look. Type in a color and yield a ton of visual inspiration








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