lemon retro colors

This is a picture of my favorite silk scarf. I’d been planning to use it for a post on color inspiration for a while but even in all of its multi-colored glory, the pictures I took of the scarf alone looked…well, lonely. So, on a whim I decided to put a candy dish on top of the scarf but then it felt like something was missing. Finally, after some mind shattering thought (yes, really. I gave myself a headache), I grabbed a few lemons out of the fridge and put them in the dish. Perfect! The lemons also helped to create a dominant color to work with–yellow. That’s always the key to creating a successful color scheme.

If you’re trying to find the perfect color palette for a room or a party, creating a still life from your favorite things is a great way to narrow down colors that you’ll actually love. Use objects such as jewelry, scarves, throw pillows, stationary, greeting cards, ribbon, art or anything else that’s special to you. Then arrange your items together and snap a photo. A color scheme will emerge and you’ll think how easy that was!

So, how can the funky colors and modern vibe of my still life transfer into a room? I’m so glad you asked!

modern living room


I must say this virtual room turned out better than I expected. It’s not a look that would fit into my current home, but as a soon-to-be empty nester I’m seriously considering design styles that are completely different than what I’ve used in the past — namely, the one that’s called Family-Friendly-Boy-Proof Glamour (in case you didn’t know, I have three sons). I really can’t wait to do something totally new and I’ll be sharing all of my ideas with you!

Shop This Virtual Room:

  1. overhead light fixture
  2. wall mirror
  3. sofa
  4. dog throw pillows
  5. table lamps
  6. end tables
  7. white chair
  8. coffee table
  9. brown chair
  10. area rug
  11. vases

Have you ever used one of your favorite things for color or design inspiration?

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2 Comments on Color Inspiration: Your Favorite Things

  1. Sue McArthur
    July 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm (3 years ago)

    LOVE getting your emails and designs. Thanks!

    • Kelly
      July 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Sue! I enjoy reading the comments and always hope I’m providing fun ideas for you to try! ~Kelly


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