I blogged earlier about choosing a paint color – but choosing a color palette for your space is even harder! Making the commitment to that palette though, that’s the key; once you have done that everything else falls into place.
The room where the DIY desk is going is a dressing room. Fortunately the room is sunny, full of light. The room without a doubt would take a darker more saturated color, but since the purpose of the room is to get dressed in, I chose yellow. I wanted the room to be an uplifting start to the day. Adding to the yellow backdrop, the plan is to introduce deeper color tones and accessories full of textures, a wood floor, chocolate and gray accents in window treatments and pops of pale blues and kelly greens in accents.
You can also plan your color palette by choosing an accessory piece you fall in love with; such as, an area rug, a piece of artwork, window treatment fabric or anything else that inspires you. Extracting one of the colors from your inspiration piece for paint is usually a pretty safe way to go. You also have the flexibility not to match the color exactly but to go slightly lighter or darker.
Or, try using complementary colors as your palette. For example, if you choose a simple gray toned drapery fabric, you may want to compliment the gray with a yellow paint color.
The Queen Anne’s Lace Printed Panel above from West Elm is a perfect example of using complimentary colors. The large-scale modern take on Queen Anne’s lace is beautifully framed by the neutral pastel yellow paint choice.