Affordable, Color Design, Interior Design

Color Magic

Color is a great way to establish the mood of a room – bright or dark, joyful or solemn, dramatic or casual, edgy or serene. You can use color to fool the eye, making small rooms seem more spacious, and large rooms seem more intimate. Please note that adding a wonderful, exciting color scheme does not cost a penny more than a dull, depressing one.

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Let Nature Inspire You

If you are struggling to choose a color scheme, take a walk in your favorite garden. During your walk notice what colors draw your eye and what color combinations are pleasing to you. Take photos and use these for inspiration when looking at paint colors. White is certainly a popular choice for wall paint but consider expanding your choices to include other colors, like blue or green. Notice in the pictures below how the green in the garden acts as a calming backdrop that allows other colors to really pop.

Fresh and New or Tried and True

I love the serene, neutral color of Sherwin Williams Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog. The color’s organic appeal is fresh and new, yet it also feels familiar. There’s a touch of nostalgia to this soft green that can balance, beautify and blanket a room in comfort – especially during a time when homes have become our havens. Use this mid-tone neutral to warm up your space and welcome all the coziness that follows.

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year Evergreen Fog

Not sure you are ready for the latest color, then consider one of these trusted, tested, and always trending colors from Sherwin Williams in the link below.

“These colors are consistent customer favorites for a reason. If you’re looking for a hue to stand the test of time, pick from the top 50.” – Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing


Choosing the right color to invoke the mood you desire can be successfully done by following some basic criteria. If visiting your favorite garden didn’t inspire your color choices, take a look in your closet. Consider colors that looks great on you and make you feel good when you wear them.

The climate you live in should also influence your color choices. For example, if your room is poolside in a Florida house, you might consider a scheme built around blues and greens – sort of like the refreshing colors of a tall glass filled to the brim with sparkling blue ice-cubes and topped with a luscious green slice of lime. Now if your house is nestled in Montana, you may prefer to select warm colors, such as red, orange, and yellow. You might also consider the “earth colors” like brown, orange brown, and yellow brown. Remember, it is your home, so choose colors that make you happy.

Below are a few color palettes to inspire you.

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Pro Tip

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of color schemes? Here is a simple trick used by many successful professional decorators. They simply use the colors from a favorite fabric, artwork, or magazine picture that will work with the mood they are creating in the room. By using this method, you eliminate the need to be an artist with colors. In effect, you let the professional artist who designed the fabric or completed the artwork to help you choose the color scheme of your room.

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