Okay , there may not be many recorded cases of out of control colors attacking their owners. Granted , most of the times when I visit homes , I am bored out of my brain by all the blended , blandness , tameness of it all.
Can we ever really add too much color? Yes , we actually can , although we rarely do. This is because people are usually so afraid of going from a Vanilla box directly to a garish , wild Gypsy palette , that they under accentuate the hues they have selected.
Like everything else in life the answer to color balance is found in Mathematics. Yes good old percentages. Let the 70-20-10 formula reign supreme and you will find the right way to domesticate any color combinations you would like to uncage in you abode.
What this means is that 70 per cent of one color must form the background of the room , that could be a neutral , a cool shade , warm tone , or even natural (wood and stone are color) hue. Your secondary colors should be about 20 per cent of the color combination , usually seen as upholstery , rugs , maybe large paintings , etc. And finally 10 per cent of the room encompasses your accent colors . Or what we now call your “pops” . This final 10 per cent can even consist of 2-3 colors , for example turquoise , orange , and emerald . As long as the proportion they occupy in your space is no more than 10 per cent of the overall scheme.
Are their colors you can’t use together? No. That’s all just no. I have used red and orange , purple and peach , anything you can think of as a palette. As long as the colors are of equal intensity and have a fabric print or artwork that bridges them (includes both colors) anything is possible , and ultimately ends in a successful design.
So feel free to adopt those wild colors , just tame them with the formulas above , and bring some excitement into your home life.
Happy Memorial Monday , and thank you to all those brave men and women that gave the greatest gift of all , themselves.
Peggy Oberlin 4986