An Inspired Layered Color Palette!

by Katie on May 9, 2011

The colors that surround us have a strong influence on our lives. Have you ever woken up in the morning and had an urge to wear a certain color? The colors that you bring into your home help create an environment that impact your feelings, mood and lifestyle. Whether you go bright and bold or neutral and calm, color is one of the most important ingredients when it comes to  interior design.  When selecting a color scheme for your space, try creating a layered palette of shades and textures. Begin with one base color (usually a neutral tone, but not always!) Then, build on that color scheme by introducing three to four other colors with items such as drapes, flooring and accessories.

Paint, it’s the fastest way to bring color into your space. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to change and a fast way to add drama to any space. Many times, color can acts as the design glue that holds a space together. Color is a great way to make your space feel well-planned, thought out and organized.

So, take a quick  tour of  a few unique color palettes that may inspire your senses!

 A Classic color scheme: Camel or gold, White and Black (with punches of color)

dens/libraries/offices - polished chrome parson desk lamp mirror camel chair white black cowhide rug photo gallery den office  David Jimenez. 

bedrooms - gold abstract wall art wood bed ivory linen ottoman red Asian Chinese nightstands chests gold brown yellow silk lumbar pillow gold grasscloth grass cloth wallpaper

One of my personal faves! I have definitely used these colors in my home! They are a sure way to add drama to almost any space! Chocolate Brown, White and Lime Green:

living rooms - Zig Zag Rug Chartreuse Lemon Lime Yellow Ceramic White Square Lampshade White Curtains Pink Vases Decorative Sixties Regency Room and Board Kidney Danish Modern Contemporary Retro Vintage Elvis Artichoke Geometric Los Angeles Younger & Ziskin Interior Design


media rooms - lime green bamboo chair glossy white dining table Jonathan Adler green roman shade  Jonathan Adler  lime green faux bamboo chairs,

Ooh la la !! What about this?  Navy, White /Cream and Pink


girl's rooms - royal blue hot pink upholstered velvet headboard white bedding glossy blue chandelier ivory cornice box boxes ivory drapes pink ribbon border window treatments blue velvet tufting tufted bench pink geometric rug baby blue gourd lamp

Or this sophisticated color pallet.  Gray, Yellow and white:

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This muted yellow blends with gray to create a calm room. The art wall is cleverly created by using 4 graphic fabrics and framing them all the same. (via


White and yellow bedroom: Domino magazine by xJavierx

Please tune in for more interesting color combinations to come! So, what do you think? Any of these lovely color schemes leave you scheming for a little re-design?

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Viv @ The Eclectic Life May 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

Oh my goodness! I love the houses off of Swiss. May I ask how you signed up for this home tour?


Katie May 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

I purchased tickets at Whole Foods. I have really gotten into home tours lately! They had an AMAZING one in the Oak Cliff/Kessler Park area a few months ago! Super creative spaces. They are great to get ideas and inspiration!

Thanks for readding!!


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