Therefore I have decided to post a blog on the topic of SEQUENCE. Yes, sequence! There is a logical order to progressing through a successful home or office improvement project and I intend to state my case. At the end you will understand the rational steps that trigger one another like a set of dominoes as you happily go along avoiding aimless wandering through stores and constant frustration.
Here is the sequence for each room…
Choose a focal point that will stand out.
From the focal point, select the colour palette.
Choose paint colours after all purchases.
Choosing the focal point for a room
Here are some examples of items that have potential for becoming the focal point in various rooms:
Focal points for the living or dining room
Currently the focal point in this neutral-toned dining room is the gorgeous brick wall. If however we wanted to add more personality to the room, we could add a nice area rug. This area rug might have a lot of vibrant colour, like the example at the top right, and it would become the NEW focal point of the room.
But if we preferred to keep the room neutral and monochrome, then we might select the middle or bottom area rug. With one of these more subdued choices, the brick wall would remain in first position as the star focal point of the room.
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Here are more options apart from the wall and area rug as a focal point: A fabulous piece of artwork, beautiful curtains, a light fixture, upholstered chairs or an outstanding accent wall.
Focal points for the bedroom
Focal points for bathrooms
Focal points for the office
If you want to add some personality to an office space you can create a focal point with artwork, window treatment, an area rug or a feature accent wall.In this casual work area our eye is immediately drawn to the artwork. The painting’s gorgeous turquoise was chosen as the accent colour for the whole space. This accent colour is repeated elsewhere in the seat cushion and area rug pattern. The barn wood wall is actually wallpaper chosen because of the neutral grey that is in the artwork. The same gray is in the area rug, the chair, the other walls and the floor.
Focal points ideas for kitchens
Besides a feature wall, other options for creating a focal point in the kitchen are: the cabinets, an island in a different finish, artwork, window treatment, a fabulous light fixture, a stylish backsplash, a beautiful counter or distinctive floor tiles.Do be careful when selecting the counter and backsplash. Make sure one of them has a lot of personality, but not both…I have often seen clashing pairs, which only makes them both look bad. Usually it is best to have one stand out and the other stand down.
From the focal point we select the room’s colour palette
As many items in the room as possible should be in a colour or shade that is present in your focal point.
If you follow this sequence, your colour palette will be harmonized and accomplish its vocation; bringing it all together. The wall colour has the potential to be the great unifier of all the elements in the room.
This is why the colour palette should be inspired by the existing colours in the focal point. Wall colour gets chosen at the very end because it comes in as the final hero, solving design problems and unifying all the elements.
The paint colour…finally!
Now that we have our focal point and the colour palette for the whole space, we can pull out the paint colour samples and go ahead finding the perfect colours or neutrals for the walls and ceiling. This FINAL phase should be easier in terms of harmonizing with all the factors and elements in place. No guess work involved although you still may feel more confident using the help of a colour specialist in the space itself, especially if you have been disappointed with your colour choices in the past.
Did your eye catch an item in this article that you would like more information on; a lamp, wallpaper, an area rug, mirror, artwork or another item?
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